This is a condensed roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP over the past week.
Aldec has a new release of its mixed-language verification platform, Riviera-PRO™ 2013.06. This release includes numerous enhancements, including class hierarchy visualization for UVM-based verification environments, enabling increased verification productivity.
Mentor Graphics has added intelligent software-driven verification (iSDV) to the Questa functional verification platform to automatically generate embedded C test programs for both single-core and multi-core SoC design verification. As a result, engineering teams find more system-level design bugs earlier in the verification process -- during simulation or emulation, when they are easier and more cost effective to debug, before they escape into the prototype lab.
Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) has a whitepaper discussing the profiling of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium's MultiBench Benchmark Suite in a 64 Core Machine. The project executed 16 parallel benchmark workloads on an M5 simulator. The measured parameters included application performance as instruction-per-cycle (IPC), traffic on L1-L2 bus, and L1 cache-miss penalties. The total number of threads varies from 1 to 4,096, and the performance peak occurs when there are as many threads as cores, i.e., 64.
Cadence says that United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) has adopted the Cadence "in-design" and signoff design-for-manufacturing (DFM) flows to perform physical signoff and electrical variability optimization for 28 nm designs. The flows address both random and systematic yield issues, providing customers with another proven foundry flow for 28 nm designs. Developed in collaboration with UMC, these new flows incorporate DFM prevention, analysis, and signoff capabilities.
Cypress has announced a new development kit for design of digital audio accessories for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod products. The Digital Audio Development Kit for Lightning includes license-free reference hardware, firmware, and iOS app software, providing the tools to develop MFi (Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad) digital audio accessories that are fully compatible with Apple's all-digital Lightning connector, which is used for iPhone 5, iPad mini, and other new Apple products.
Synopsys has a set of 28 nm data converter IP, which includes DesignWare analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), digital-to-analog converters (DACs), and integrated PLLs. Implementing these in the 28 nm process node resulted in up to 76 percent reduction in power consumption and up to 86 percent reduction in area use. The 12-bit ADCs' performance has been increased to 320 megasamples per second.
TowerJazz and Crocus Technology are excited about a breakthrough in a disruptive magnetic technology that they have co-developed. The technology now offers SRAM performance in terms of speed and power with non-volatile memory (NVM) capabilities, they claim. This MRAM solution has demonstrated more than 2 billion cycles of program/erase, and the first market to be addressed is battery-backed SRAM (BB-SRAM) replacement.
— Brian Bailey, keeping you covered