This is a roundup of news or activities in the past few days that may be of interest to people. It appears as if I will have to split this into several pieces before long and provide a tools roundup, a research roundup and an IP roundup. Any thoughts?
According to IHS iSuppli, revenue in 2012 for pure-play foundry suppliers is forecast to grow to $29.6 billion, up a brisk 12 percent from $26.5 billion in 2011. This is about triple the level expected for the overall semiconductor industry. Foundry suppliers started to see a steady increase in demand starting late in the first quarter, with revenue expected to peak in the traditionally strong third quarter.
The rapid growth this year is a major improvement from the tepid 3 percent expansion in 2011, when industry growth slowed after a blistering 45 percent surge in 2010 following the recession. Unlike last year’s sudden slowdown, however, foundry revenue will remain strong in the years ahead. Revenue will rise another 14 percent next year to an estimated $33.6 billion, with solid double-digit growth continuing in 2014 and 2015. The full report is available here.
RF Monolithics has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Murata Electronics North America, Inc. for $1.78 per share to holders of RFM common shares, representing an 80% premium over the Nasdaq closing price as of April 12, 2012. The acquisition is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2012. Murata Electronics North America’s parent company, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., is the world’s number one supplier of passive electronic components.
CEVA has introduced the CEVA-TeakLite-4, a low power, scalable 32-bit DSP architecture framework for audio and voice applications. The CEVA-TeakLite-4 was designed to address the increasingly complex requirements of voice pre-processing and audio post-processing algorithms as well as multi-channel audio codecs, for smartphones, mobile computing and digital home devices. The CEVA-TeakLite-4 introduces smart power management technology and supports customer-owned extensions, making it a flexible architecture and ideal for even the most area and power sensitive designs. It consumes up to 25% less die area and requires up to 30% less power than the previous generation CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP for decoding MP3 with Dolby Mobile 3+ post-processing.
Mentor Graphics has announced the 10.1 release of the Questa functional verification platform. This new release provides increased simulation and verification performance, enhanced support of the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM), accelerated coverage closure, and low power verification with Unified Power Format (UPF) support.
ARM has announced the availability of a high performance, power-optimized quad-core hard macro implementation of its flagship Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor. It is designed to run at 2GHz and delivers performance in excess of 20,000DMIPS, while maintaining the power efficiency of the Cortex-A9 hard macro. The hard macro was developed using ARM Artisan 12-track libraries and the recently announced Processor Optimization Pack™ (POP) solution for the Cortex-A15 on TSMC 28nm HPM process.
IROC is introducing TFIT 2, with the new soft error rate (SER) response model developed in conjunction with TSMC targeting 28HP process node. TSMC has collaborated with IROC to improve SER for test and simulation. The need for soft error assessment has increased with technology progression, and at 28nm many designers need better tools to perform this task. TFIT focuses at the cell level on the impact of soft error effects on the reliability and quality of ICs. TFIT 2 lets design engineers be proactive in assessing soft error issues and in optimizing their cell design for improved resilience especially at 65nm and below.
Atrenta is offering semiconductor design groups access to the Atrenta IP Kit through a free 2-week trial promotion. From April 16, 2012 to May 31, 2012, qualified design groups in the US will be able to use Atrenta’s IP Kit to perform “spring cleaning” on their third-party or internally developed IP blocks for two consecutive weeks at no cost. Atrenta’s IP Kit is also used by TSMC to quality soft IP for inclusion in the TSMC 9000 IP library.
MathWorks has announced that Simulink models can now run directly on Arduino, BeagleBoard, and LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT platforms. These popular, low-cost devices are widely used in academia for hands-on teaching of robotics, mechatronics, audio signal processing, computer vision, and other engineering applications. Simulink models can run standalone on these hardware platforms or in tandem with a connected PC.
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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