This is a roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP over the past week in a condensed format that is quick to read.
Verific and Tabula have worked together to put Verific's SystemVerilog parser as a front-end to version 2.7.1 of its Stylus compiler. Stylus compiler can now process code written with SystemVerilog syntax.
Uniquify has signed a multi-year agreement with HashFast Technologies to design and provide silicon fabrication services for a new generation of application specific integrated circuits expected to dramatically increase hashing speed for Bitcoin miners. Under terms of the agreement, HashFast Technologies will use Uniquify's technology for the production of ASIC chips for cryptographic hashing.
Agilent has a new agreement with Gradient Design Automation, a provider of electrothermal simulation technology, a version of which Agilent integrated in its Advanced Design System electronic design automation software in 2012. With the agreement, Agilent expands its access to Gradient's technology and its financial committment to Gradient. Gradient's technology helps pinpoint hazards and performance improvements in ICs that will operate under temperature variations.
Cobham Technical Services is employing parallel processing in its new version of Opera electromagnetics and multiphysics design software. The company claims in its press release, Opera-3d version 16 "enables design engineers to accelerate analysis" because the multicore processing reduces computational time. Cobham has also added a tool for simulating magnetron sputtering and thin-film coating, and a volume plasma emitter. The magnetron sputtering module can be used to analyze target erosion and utilization, predict substrate coating profiles, and evaluate the dynamics of the coating process. The volume plasma emitter captures the behavior of low-density magnetized plasmas.
Digital Core Design has been awarded a bronze International Business Awards Stevie in 2013 for its line of silicon proven IP Cores, implemented in more than 250 million electronic devices. The International Business Awards, nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” are business awards given to individuals and organizations worldwide. The complete winners' list is available here.
Veeco Instruments has introduced the GENxplor Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Deposition System, an integrated MBE system for the compound semiconductor R&D market. The GENxplor creates high quality epitaxial layers on substrates up to 3 inches in diameter and is ideal for cutting-edge research on a wide variety of materials, including GaAs, nitrides, and oxides.