ARM Buys Carbon

ARM acquired Carbon Design Systems and its staff for an undisclosed amount of money, adding virtual prototyping capabilities for ARM cores. The deal is the latest in an onslaught of mergers and acquisitions that have racked the semiconductor industry over the past 18 months, propelled by low interest rates and relatively low valuations of target companies. For ARM, this deal solves a growing... » read more

Tools And Flows In 2015

This year more than 26 people provided predictions for 2015. Most of these came from the EDA industry, so the results may be rather biased. However, ecosystems are coming closer together in many parts of the semiconductor food chain, meaning that the EDA companies often can see what is happening in dependent industries and in the system design houses. Thus their predictions may have already res... » read more

Cadence Gobbles Up Jasper

2012 was the year that everyone remembers Synopsys going on an acquisition binge, but 2014 will go down as the year that Cadence Design Systems decided that EDA was worth investing in. Rather than placing investment bets outside of its core competence, Cadence bought Forte in February and now adds Jasper Design Automation to its fold. Jasper started life as Tempus Fugit in 1999 and became Ja... » read more

Using High-Level Synthesis To Manage Power

Low-Power Engineering talks with Apache Design's Vic Kulkarni, Tensilica's Grant Martin, Cadence's Mike Meyer, Calypto's Shawn McCloud and Forte Design's Brett Cline about the need for a higher level of abstraction to optimize power in ICs. [youtube vid=gpWacAhMYgo] » read more

Experts At The Table: Evolving Standards

System-Level Design sat down with Keith Barkley, senior engineer in IBM’s systems and technology group; Steven Schulz, president and CEO of Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2); Yatin Trivedi, director of standards and interoperability programs at Synopsys; Ian Mackintosh, chairman of the OCP International Partnership (OCPIP), and Michael Meredith, vice president of technical marketing at For... » read more