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Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Virginia Tech College of Engineering have signed a new three-year agreement for The MathWorks to provide resources and support for course components that utilize MathWorks tools.
Dolphin Integration unveils Helium audio converter
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) claimed it has released a digital audio converter (DAC) that combines ultra-low power consumption and low bill-of-material with high audio quality.
Design trust and verification
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
Clock mesh variation robustness: benefits and analysis
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
This article gives an overview and highlights the benefits of clock mesh technology compared to conventional clock tree methods.
Forte beefs up high-level synthesis tool
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6/29/2009   1 comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has commenced volume shipments of the latest version of its Cynthesizer SystemC synthesis software for hardware and electronic system level design.
TSMC adds analog to 0.13-micron process
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) continues to move down the analog and mixed-signal path.
Virage Logic joins Power.org
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
IP vendor Virage Logic has joined Power.org, the organization that promotes and develops standards for Power Architecture.
Mentor adds support for control logic to Catapult C
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics announced extensions to its Catapult C Synthesis tool to support full-chip high-level synthesis, a move billed by company executives as the most significant enhancements to Catapult C since the tool was introduced in 2004.
Viewpoint: Diversification is not just about your money
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
For a speech at my school commencement ceremony I on what someone who has have been working in the EDA industry for over a decade can tell engineering graduates: diversify.
Online lab lets designers try Cadence tools
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Xuropa Inc. is opening an online lab for evaluators of verification tools from Cadence Design Systems.
Interview with Rajeev Madhaven
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Sean Murphy has served as an advisor to dozens of startups, helping them explore new options and bring their businesses to new levels. Here, he interviews Rajeev Madhavan, Chairman and CEO of Magma Design Automation.
Hey Red, is space exploration worth it?
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/25/2009   8 comments
Hearing Buzz Aldrin talk at a book signing last night did little to relieve the nagging concern that there may be better ways to invest in our future than space exploration.
Competition intensifies in MEMS foundry market
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6/25/2009   Post a comment
At least 50 companies are now playing in the MEMS foundry market, a highly fragmented and competitive segment that has become critical to the MEMS industry, according to a new report by French market research consultancy Yole Development.
Zocalo zips assertions with Zazz
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Zocalo Tech is shipping Zazza software tool with a graphical user interface that provides productivity gains and ease of use over manual instantiation of assertion checkers in IC designs.
The results are in!
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Finally, we have the runner up and the first-place winner from our Altium Design competition!
What a clever idea!
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
From the sublime (a mega-cool Discworld guide) to the ridiculous (a 15-year old wins $50,000 for texting on her cell phone).
Altium Design Contest winner: yyCAN review
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
This article by James Brakefield, selected as the winner of the Altium Design Contest, describes his yyCAN controller (the name has multiple meanings) written in VHDL.
Xilinx releases eval kits for Virtex-6, Spartan-6
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx delivered on the next phase of the targeted design platform concept it announced earlier this year, rolling out evaluation kits for its Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays.
Debugging of embedded Linux applications on ARM9/ARM11 processors
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Embedded Linux as an operating system for modern ARM processors? Maybe not such a bad idea? Linux is a multitasking operating system and therefore, each process must be assigned its own process address space. However, this partitioning greatly complicates the debugging of processors and inter-process functionality. So what can be done to tackle this? This article illustrates some possibilities how you can successfully achieve your goal.
Altium Design Competition runner up: Building an in-car MP3 player using NanoBoard
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6/23/2009   1 comment
Doug Gibbs, a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Xilinx, was the runner up in the Altium Design Competition. Doug's idea is to build an in-car stereo MP3 player with an 802.11 connection to allow networking with a user's home PC. When you drive into the garage, you're the system will automatically sync to the PC and update all of the music you've downloaded.
Denali rolls DFI specification version 2.1
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Denali Software Inc., one of the DDR-PHY Interface (DFI) specification participating members, has released the official DFI specification version 2.1.
Actel, Synopsys extend OEM agreement for FPGA tools
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Actel and EDA vendor Synopsys announced a multi-year extension of their OEM agreement for FPGA design tools.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Top venture capitalists say the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive. Raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Solido tool tackles sub-90 nm analog well proximity effect
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Solido Design Automation has added an application to its Variation Designer solution that analyzes and solves well proximity effect problems that become major concerns at 90 nm and below.
STMicroelectronics' design kit has memory BIST/repair
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has released Atrenta's SpyGlass-MBIST (memory built-in self test) insertion solution as part of its front-end design kit.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
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6/22/2009   6 comments
Top venture capitalists say opportunities are changing and narrowing for semiconductor startups because the costs of bringing a new processor or system-on-chip to market are becoming prohibitive and raising new funds to invest in high tech companies of any kind is getting increasingly difficult.
Viewpoint: Capture OCP systems in IP-XACT 1.4
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
A complete standardization process describing how OCP cores and systems can be captured in IP-XACT is a desired end goal.
KEMET makes capacitor models available on the Simetrix/Simplis and Mentor Graphics simulation tools
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
KEMET Corp., (Greenville, South Carolina, USA) has released its full line of capacitor models to the SIMetrix/SIMPLIS simulation software, which allows signal Integrity, power Integrity, and board design engineers to model the decoupling scheme of a printed circuit board.
Texas Instruments : 18-bit SoC enables high-speed data acquisition
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Two system-on-chip (SoC) solutions from Texas Instruments enable designers to develop ultra-high performance analog-to-digital converter front ends for precision applications including high-speed data acquisition, automated test equipment and medical imaging.
National Instruments teams with MobileRobots
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments is collaborating with MobileRobots to help engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications.
Calypto tool lets SoC designers reduce memory power
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Calypto Design Systems will be demoing at DAC 2009 its PowerPro MG tool that automatically generates power-optimized RTL by taking advantage of the low-power modes available in today's leading on-chip memories.
Ittiam launches audio software bundle for TI C64x+ DSPs
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced its bundle of audio codecs for the TI C64x+ DSP family. The software bundle is a suite of production-qualified audio codecs that reduces design time and minimizes cost.
Carbon chip technology goes commercial
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Carbon--the basis of all organic compounds--appears destined to supplant silicon as the material of choice for future semiconductors.
Tensilica debuts ConnX DSP core line for 3G, 4G
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Tensilica Inc. has announced the ConnX family of DSPs that it is positioning as the best solution yet to meet the performance and cost requirements of 3G and 4G system-on-chip designs. Leading the family out of the gate is the ConnX Baseband Engine for wireless infrastructure, featuring an optimized instruction set with 200 new instructions.
Trip Report: Comms go green in Dresden
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6/20/2009   Post a comment
Engineers can improve the energy efficiency of communications networks by addressing their relatively low utilization, sometimes even finding performance gains in the process, according to presenters at the First International Workshop on Green Communications here.
Managing an adaptive verification environment with OVM
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Open Verification Methodology would not have been enough if it could not build a self-adaptive environment, able to replicate all dynamics necessary to satisfactorily cover all system requirements.
Startup to demo synthesis of asynchronous logic at DAC
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6/19/2009   1 comment
Tiempo AS (Grenoble, France) has said it will demonstrate the first synthesis tool for asynchronous logic that operates from standard design languages at the Design Automation Conference, due to be held July 27 to 30 in San Francisco.
EVE, CoWare extend partnership
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
As part of an ongoing collaboration, Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (Palaiseau, France) and CoWare Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) announced they have linked electronic system virtualization and emulation to enable pre-silicon software development and hardware/software coverification for multicore ARM AXI-based SoC designs.
IBM exec picked to head patent office
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6/18/2009   2 comments
Early reactions support President Barack Obama's choice of David Kappos, the assistant general counsel for intellectual property law at IBM Corp., as the new head of the U.S. patent office at a time when a three-year drive for patent reform is currently being hotly debated and the patent office is swamped by a historic backlog of applications.
Pulsic adds automated bus routing to physical EDA tool
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6/18/2009   Post a comment
Pulsic Ltd. (Bristol, England) has produced an upgrade to its Unity physical design tool. Unity 2009.1 features OpenAccess core support and flow-routing for efficient automated bus routing.
Viewpoint: Keep design innovation alive
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Take a higher level, holistic view of the aims of the entire product design experience. Reassess the design processes you use and how they map into today's technology and your customer's needs.
EDA pioneer to receive the Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, a director of Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and co-founder of the company, is to be given the 2009 Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award for his pioneering research in the field of electronic design automation (EDA) by the IEEE and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Virtual platforms, research & venture capital
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
DAC this year has its work cut out for it. The recession has hit the EDA industry hard and every player is being frugal in evaluating expenditures. Nevertheless organizers of the 46th annual conference and exhibits will make the best of it.
Wind River flows into virtualization
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Wind River officially rolls out virtualization software optimized for its VxWorks and Linux environments across a broad range of embedded markets.
Asymptotic solver ideal for simulating electrically large structures
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Engineers working on antenna placement, radar cross section simulation or other electrically large problems will benefit from the latest addition to the CST MICROWAVE STUDIO® (CST MWS) solver family — an asymptotic solver which will be available in CST STUDIO SUITE™ 2010 due for release in January 2010.
Soitec qualifies ultra-thin SOI for fully depleted apps at 22nm
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
French SOI specialist Soitec SA claimed its 300mm ultra-thin SOI wafer platform supports fully depleted device applications at the 22-nm node and beyond.
GlobalFoundries claims high-k advancement
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
At the 2009 Symposium on VLSI Technology in Kyoto, Japan, GlobalFoundries Inc. claims that it has found a technique that enables a high-k/metal-gate transistor to scale to the 22-nm node and beyond.
ADI launches online processor community help site
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
6/15/2009   1 comment
Analog Devices' digital signal processing group has jumped into the vendor-driven engineering community fray with an online community center where designers can get answers to their technical questions either from ADI specialists or their peers.
Arteris, Duolog team on linking IP blocks
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Arteris Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a supplier of networking-on-chip intellectual property, has said that it has worked with Duolog Technologies Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) to integrate Duolog design tools with Arteris' NoC tools and IP to streamline the integration of semiconductor IP blocks on an integrated circuit.
'Stickies' show way to stretchable electronics
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
A study of how stickers peel from windows could lead to a new way to precisely control the fabrication of stretchable electronics.
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