Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks
News & Analysis 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.
Design trust and verification
Blog 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!"
Forte beefs up high-level synthesis tool
Product News 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.
Mentor adds support for control logic to Catapult C
Product News 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.
Interview with Rajeev Madhaven
Design How-To 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
News & Analysis 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
Product News 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.
What a clever idea!
Design How-To 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).
Debugging of embedded Linux applications on ARM9/ARM11 processors
Design How-To 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
Design How-To 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.
Time heals all wounds, and missteps?
Blog 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.
Silicon startups get the squeeze
News & Analysis 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.
Tensilica debuts ConnX DSP core line for 3G, 4G
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
Startup to demo synthesis of asynchronous logic at DAC
News & Analysis 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
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
EDA pioneer to receive the Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award
News & Analysis 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
Blog 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.
Asymptotic solver ideal for simulating electrically large structures
Product News 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.
GlobalFoundries claims high-k advancement
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.