This is a roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP that broke over the past week.
Aldec has a new partnership with NEC Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Aldec has acquired distributorship rights for CyberWorkBench, a high-level synthesis solution. The C-based flow in the solution supports both controller and data path modules and allows designers to achieve higher design efficiency, low area, and high performance for ASIC and FPGA chips.
eASIC has received a strategic investment from Seagate. In addition to the equity investment, eASIC and Seagate also are exploring opportunities to jointly develop custom silicon solutions for Seagate's portfolio of solid state drives (SSDs) that would combine Seagate's expertise in SSD with eASIC's expertise in custom silicon needed to support the migration from 2 bits per cell, 1xnm (MLC), to 3 bits per cell, 1xnm (TLC), and the adoption of a wide variety of host interfaces such as PCI Express, NVMe, and SoP (SCSI over PCI Express).
Crossbar, a recently emerged startup company is pioneering a category of high-capacity, non-volatile memory. It has unveiled its Crossbar Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology. This non-volatile memory will be capable of storing up to one terabyte of data on a single 200 square millimeter chip. Crossbar has a working memory array from a commercial fab.
Cadence has some new verification IP models for the latest memory standards -- LPDDR4, Wide I/O 2, eMMC 5.0, HMC, and DDR4 LRDIMM. These new models include trace debug, address scrambling, and backdoor memory access. Additionally, the models support third-party simulators, verification languages, and methodologies.
Altium has partnered with Desktop EDA to provide designers with an integrated ECAD and MCAD solution. The extension apps for Altium Designer and its companion plug-ins form a bridge between the ECAD and MCAD design worlds. By transferring data directly between programs running on the same PC, designers need not use intermediate files to synchronize design changes and facilitate engineering change orders (ECOs). By including PCB copper layers in the transfer, the design in SolidWorks can then be used as a starting point for more advanced mechanical CAD operations, such as thermal simulation.
Avery has a new SATA Express/AHCI verification IP targeting the PCIe-based SSD market and a new eMMC 5.0 verification solution. These extend Avery's portfolio of storage-related VIP, which also includes SATA, NVM Express, SCSI Express (SOP/PQI), Universal Flash Storage (UFS), eMMC, SD, and USB Attached SCSI (UASP).
Synopsys has implemented Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder optimized for its DesignWare ARC AS211SFX and AS221BD audio processors. The MS11 Multistream Decoder provides television and set-top box manufacturers with a single-package technology solution for decoding all premium audio formats, including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pulse (AAC LC, HE AAC, and HE AAC v.2). The Dolby MS11 decoder has been certified by Dolby Laboratories for the ARC AS2xx family of single- and dual-core audio processors.