EDA standards bodies to merge
News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment
EDA standards organizations Accellera and The Spirit Consortium have agreed to merge, forming a union they say will improve the development of language-based IP standards.
Hot papers at 2009 VLSI Technology Symposium
Blog 6/11/2009 1 comment
Hot papers from this year's VLSI Technology Symposium include three nonvolatile memory advancements: Toshiba' BiCS Flash, Samsung's vertical-stacked transistor structures and Hitachi's PCRAM. Two papers on advanced logic processes include: Intel's" High-k/Metal Gate Stacks" and IBM's "32nm SOI CMOS with Highk/ Metal Gate."
Cadence cutting another 225 jobs
News & Analysis 6/10/2009 Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems will eliminate 225 jobs--or about 5 percent of the company's workforce--as part of a restructuring expected to save about $30 million per year.
Open source EDA software defeats Lock-in: Dream on
Blog 6/10/2009 2 comments
Today, through a nexus of the open source software movement and the difficulty of developing tools to address the problems of leading-edge designs, there are EDA tools out in cyberspace that you can download for free, customize, and utilize to create your latest designs.
EDA industry riding on own waves
Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment
The EDA industry is making waves but the waves are not reaching the business shores. Both encouraging news about funding and discouraging news about consolidation keep the EDA industry in constant state of bobbing.
Synfora has synthesis tool for low-power apps
Product News 6/9/2009 Post a comment
Synfora has announced Pico Extreme Power, an synthesis tool to automatically minimize power consumption at the system level based on a variety of techniques, including automatic multi-level clock gating insertion.
Comment: retrain and retain engineers in Europe
Blog 6/9/2009 5 comments
With European students turning their backs on science and engineering degrees and European higher education of science and technology being partially filled by Asian students, one can see that the YOUNG European engineering candidate supply could become restricted.
EDA startup Teklatech raises $1 million
Product News 6/8/2009 Post a comment
EDA startup Teklatech A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark), provider of floorplanning and clock distribution network solutions, announced it has raised $1 million in a round of financing led by a group of private investors and Scandinavian venture fund Vækstfonden.
MoSys acquires Prism Circuits
News & Analysis 6/8/2009 Post a comment
MoSys Inc., a provider of memory intellectual property (IP), has acquired Prism Circuits Inc., a supplier of parallel and serial interface (I/O) IP.
A first look inside the Palm Pre
Teardown 6/7/2009 Post a comment
A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
Cadence interview, NXP, TSMC lead story ranking
News & Analysis 6/5/2009 Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 31 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Taking the guesswork out of timing in real-time software systems
Design How-To 6/4/2009 Post a comment
A static timing tool will analyse object code and determine worst-case timing paths. Paths are analysed between two points interactively or against timing assertions in batch mode to produce a pass or fail result the information provided allows the designer to optimise timing critical sections of their code until correct timing closure is achieved.
TSMC sees the need to share R&D, pledges to invest
News & Analysis 6/4/2009 1 comment
The world's largest chip foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has said it plans to invest its way out of the current global economic crisis, but it is also appealing to other integrated device makers and other stakeholders to share in R&D costs to help raise profit margins across the semiconductor industry.
Fujitsu Microelectronics selects EVE tool for HW/SW codesign
Product News 6/4/2009 Post a comment
Hardware-software co-verification specialist Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (EVE) announced that Tokyo-based Fujitsu Microelectronics Solutions Limited (FMSL) will use its ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) hardware-assisted verification platform for hardware-software codesign.
Crisis will change the way chips are designed, Synopsys CEO predicts
News & Analysis 6/3/2009 1 comment
As if the current economic recession weren't challenging enough, the semiconductor industry is also headed for increasing challenges from higher design costs and production at smaller geometries, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys, speaking at the GSA & IET Semiconductor Forum.
What's up with GateRocket?
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 6/3/2009 Post a comment
A recent blog post by "harrythe ASIC guy" reminded me that it's been more than two years since FPGA verification startup GateRocket emerged. This blog is a call to action for anyone out there familiar with the company's RocketDrive or RocketVision tools. Please share your impressions.
XMOS offers new development environment
Product News 6/3/2009 Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor announced the latest version of its integrated development environment, allowing programmers to directly program IO and watch the source code control the pins.
Software system speeds up process development
Product News 6/2/2009 Post a comment
In the run-up to the GSA & IET International Semiconductor Forum, start-up company Process Relations GmbH (Dortmund, Germany) has launched a new version of its XperiDesk process development execution system (PDES) software.
Industrial analog ics to record 'healthy' growth
News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment
Databeans has just released its annual market report on industrial analog ICs. It predicts that analog revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent until 2014, thanks in large part to medical innovations.
EdXact sets foot in India
Product News 6/2/2009 1 comment
edXact SA, French EDA startup specializing in parametric extraction and physical verification, announced it has selected ICON Design Automation Pvt. Ltd. as its exclusive sales partner in India.
Micron selling majority stake in sensor unit
News & Analysis 6/2/2009 Post a comment
Micron Technology has reached an agreement to sell a majority interest in its imaging solutions business, Aptina Imaging, to a pair of private equity firms, the company said. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Private equity firm bids for MathStar
News & Analysis 6/1/2009 Post a comment
Private equity firm Tiberius Capital II has commenced a tender offer to acquire controlling interest in MathStar, the programmable logic vendor that ceased operations last year, the firm said.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality
News & Analysis 6/1/2009 2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
Zuken launches CADSTAR ECAD-MCAD bridge
Product News 6/1/2009 Post a comment
Zuken is introducing an important new bridging technology to the CADSTAR design suite " CADSTAR BoardModeler Lite. This technology provides an optimized environment for the verification of the PCB layout in its mechanical environment.
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