Yogitech claims first OCP universal verification component News & Analysis 9/29/2006 Post a comment Design and verification technology provider Yogitech SPA is rolling out what it claims is the industry's first mixed-language Open Core Protocol (OPC) universal verification component (UVC). The company claims it is the only commercial verification solution to fully support revision 2.1 of the OCP protocol and comply with the OCP 2.0/2.1 compliant checks document
Vast adds ARM PrimeCell models and AXI bus Product News 9/29/2006 Post a comment Virtual system prototyping technology provider Vast Systems Technology announced the availability of Vast models of the ARM PrimeCell PL080 DMA Controller, PL011 UART, PL190 Vector Interrupt Controller, PL131 Smart Card Interface and the AMBA AXI bus.
Mentor Graphics unveils low-cost development suite Product News 9/26/2006 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced the Edge Development Suite, a bundled version of its Edge Development Tools that includes an integrated development environment (IDE), software simulator, compiler and debugger, priced at $2,995.
IP Exchange targets barriers to IP evaluation, reuse News & Analysis 9/26/2006 Post a comment Electronic system level EDA vendor Tenison Design Automation announced IP Exchange--a tool provided for intellectual property vendors, semiconductor and fabless companies to address the problem of safely delivering verification IP to external customers and internal teams.
MathStar rolls new family of FPOAs Product News 9/25/2006 Post a comment Fabless programmable logic supplier MathStar introduced its second generation of field programmable object arrays, claiming operational speeds of up to 1-gigahertz. The company claims that this speed is up to four times faster than today's top FPGA architectures, depending on the application.
Mentor RTOS claims size, speed improvements Product News 9/25/2006 Post a comment Mentor Graphics rolled out the latest release of its flagship Nucleus Plus real-time operating system, claiming a smaller, faster and easier to use RTOS to build embedded applications for a variety of target markets.
Agilent updates PCI Express validation, compliance software Product News 9/19/2006 Post a comment Agilent Technologies announces an updated version of PCI Express electrical performance validation and compliance software. It tests devices to ensure compliance with PCIe 1.1 and PCIe 2.0 specs. The software runs on Agilent's 54855A Infiniium and 80000 Series scopes.
Cadence rolls DDR2 design IP Product News 9/18/2006 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems announced the availability of an intellectual property portfolio intended to enable engineers to optimize Double Data Rate 2 interfaces on printed circuit boards and expedite the design process.
Magma slams Synopsys over withdrawal of patents News & Analysis 9/18/2006 Post a comment Magma Design Automation called a move by Synopsys to withdraw two patents from litigation between the two companies and place them in the public domain a "transparent, desperate attempt" to mask the misdeeds Synopsys allegedly committed when it submitted the patent applications.
Power Integrity Analysis for Billion Transistor Full-Custom Designs Design How-To 9/17/2006 Post a comment One of the key challenges that has emerged is the need to optimize the power distribution network so that problems associated with voltage drop and electromigration (EM) can be avoided. Power integrity is a critical problem at 90nm and 65nm process nodes for ASIC, FPGA, full-chip custom designers and other designers alike.
Is Mentor maneuvering for Magma merger? News & Analysis 9/15/2006 Post a comment Was Mentor's intervention in requesting that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reexamine two Magma patents laying the groundwork for a possible merger of the two companies? At least one EDA analyst thinks its possible.
Oki offers ARM-based ZigBee developer's kit Product News 9/15/2006 Post a comment Oki Semiconductor is offering a low-cost, full-featured development kit for its IEEE802.15.4 based ML7065 2.4GHz ZigBee compatible radio. The kit contains the Oki ML7065 radio and Oki's ARM7TMDI-based 4060 Series Advantage Microcontroller.
Accellera launches 'unified power format' effort News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment The Accellera standards organization has launched the Unified Power Format (UPF) technical subcommittee, headed by Mentor Graphics' Stephen Bailey. But the effort remains separate from the Cadence-backed Power Forward Initiative (PFI).
Survey finds designers concerned about power News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment Total power, leakage power, electromigration and dynamic voltage drop are the biggest concerns for today's system-on-chip designers, according to the results of a survey by power-focused EDA vendor Sequence Design.
Brion rolls 3-D OPC tool News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment Brion Technologies introduced Tachyon M3D, promising more accurate optical proximity correction (OPC) implementation and verification by incorporating mask three-dimensional imaging effects.
ESL startup snags $5 million in funding News & Analysis 9/14/2006 Post a comment Electronic system level EDA startup Carbon Design Systems announced the completion of $5 million in Series D venture funding from previous investors Matrix Partners, Flagship Ventures and Commonwealth Capital.
Emulex to invest $10 million in Bangalore News & Analysis 9/13/2006 Post a comment Emulex Corp. plans to invest over $10 million to grow its design center here, as it leverages the ASIC and embedded software product development skills of newly-acquired Indian firm Aarohi Communications.
Cadence not rejecting DAC, execs say News & Analysis 9/13/2006 Post a comment Although Cadence has not yet selected booth space at next year's Design Automation Conference, Cadence still plans to participate, according to executives at the CDNLive! conference.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...