MapD Makes GPUs First-Class Citizens

It’s now well known that with the latest innovations in parallel programming and GPU technology, graphics processing units (GPUs) can be harnessed today to deal with the enormous data sets regularly encountered in applications ranging from ADAS, artificial intelligence, and gaming to deep learning, scientific computation, and high-performance computing. But how exactly do you find what you... » read more

Menta Embeds FPGA Programmability

What constitutes a startup can be a matter of the market segment you are going after and the type of product that you are building. Within [getkc id="7" kc_name="EDA"], we often think of the lifetime of a company being just a few years between when an opportunity is identified, to a product being built and getting the first few customers and then getting gobbled up by one of the big three. But ... » read more

Valtrix Pushes For Horizontal Verification Reuse

Some of the most significant advances are not the result of a single person or a single idea. They often don’t happen overnight, and are suggested by a change that slowly becomes pervasive enough to become a generalized solution. That is exactly what is happening right now in the area of functional verification. The tools and methodologies in place at the moment assumed designs typical of the... » read more

Silexica: Multicore Software Automation

Multicore programming has a long and troubled history, and it has become much worse as the computing world moves increasingly toward heterogeneous multicore architectures. While it's easy enough to map out the hardware's power/performance characteristics, it is much harder to make the software take advantage of the appropriate cores. Enter Silexa, which began as a research project in 2008 at... » read more

Intento Design

While the United States is where most EDA developments have come from, there have been pockets of success at various places around the world and one that has produced more than most in recent years in France. Semiconductor Engineering spoke with [getperson id=" 11759 " comment ="Ramy Iskander"], founder and CEO and Eric Laurent, worldwide sales and business development for [getentity id="22905"... » read more

UltraSoC: Debug IP

The background noise across the engineering community is rising with the growing complexity of SoCs. While the big news several years ago was the introduction of chips with 1 billion transistors, that's no longer making headlines. There are now well over 1 billion transistors in advanced SoCs and more than 100 IP blocks. Even abstractions are beginning to break down (see related story). Ent... » read more

Plunify: FPGA Design Closure

The number of EDA startups has plummeted around the globe, and nowhere is this more evident than in Singapore. In fact, there is exactly one EDA startup in that country—[getentity id="22672" e_name="Plunify"]—and even that isn't so new. Plunify started life in 2009 as a cloud-based startup, whose mission was to provide public cloud compute services to companies developing FPGAs. While th... » read more

Silicon Catalyst: Semiconductor Incubator

Walk into any hall at CES this year and you're overwhelmed by the number of startups. Try doing the same at any semiconductor show, though, and the picture looks far different. Because of the startup capital required, and the amount of time it takes to see a return on investment, semiconductor entrepreneurs are having a much tougher time. Enter Silicon Catalyst, an incubator that was just st... » read more

Invionics: EDA Development Platform

There has been a dearth of EDA startups over the past year. In fact, if you check out the Knowledge Center for companies founded in 2014 you will find exactly one - [getentity id="22834" comment="Pollen Technology"], a metrology company. In 2013 there were four, one of which was [getentity id="22413" comment="Invionics"]. Now before we get excited about a new EDA startup—and yes, it is an EDA... » read more

Executive Insight: Lucio Lanza

Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, a former Intel engineer, and the 2014 Phil Kaufman Award winner, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the shrinking number of startups, future investments, new opportunities in EDA, Moore's Law and the Internet of Things. SE: You're one of the last VCs still actively investing in EDA. Why? Lanza: There are several indi... » read more