The Week In Review: Design


M&A PLDA is divesting its Reflex CES brand. The FPGA board maker will become wholly managed by its own management and investment teams. In 2015, Reflex CES took over the hardware businesses of PLDA, including FPGA-based boards and the System-on-Module product lines. Tools Mentor uncorked a new tool for in-system test and diagnosis of automotive ICs. Tessent MissionMode provides infrast... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Mentor added new tools to its high-level synthesis portfolio. The DesignChecks tool helps find bugs during coding with a static mode that performs very fast linting-like checks of the code and a formal mode that uses a formal engine for a more exhaustive proof of issues. The synthesis-aware Coverage tool measures code coverage for C++ signoff and fast closure of synthesized RTL. It sup... » read more

PCI Express 4.0 Controller Design And Integration Challenges


Designers need to start planning for PCI Express 4.0 integration now, because decisions for the PCIe 4.0 controller can have far-reaching consequences for the entire SoC. This paper describes the market adoption and expected use of PCIe 4.0; covers the specification; and discusses three challenges the new specification brings to controller designers. Outline Markets & Applications fo... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys’ Coverity subsidiary bought Kalistick, a French company that makes cloud-based solutions to boost testing efficiency by allowing engineers to identify and prioritize tests. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tools Cadence rolled out verification IP for the new PCI Express 4.0 architecture. The new spec supports up to 16 billion transactions per second, which is double... » read more