The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Tools Synopsys incorporated automated analog and mixed-signal debug capabilities into its Verdi SoC debug platform, which now provides comprehensive hierarchical and schematic views of both the analog and digital portions of designs and automated tracing across analog and digital blocks. Mentor announced three applications for the Veloce emulation platform focused on overcoming unpredicta... » read more

Why Implementation Matters To System Design And Software

There has been quite some discussion in the recent past how well abstraction really works in enabling system design and verification. As I admitted in “Confessions of an ESL-Aholic” a while back, I have revised my view significantly over the years. While thinking originally of abstraction more as an panacea, it turns out that important decisions and analyses, such as for power and performan... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Earnings Mentor Graphics reported revenues of $260.2 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.23, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.13 for the company’s fiscal second quarter ended July 31. “System design strength, particularly with automotive customers, drove the second quarter with earnings solidly beating guidance,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of the company, in a stat... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Cadence bought TranSwitch’s high-speed interface IP assets. TranSwitch, which made chips for communications equipment, filed for bankruptcy in November. (The company’s Web site is no longer active.) Cadence also won a deal with Microsoft, which will use Tensilica processors in the new Xbox One audio subsystem. And Cadence rolled out HiFi Audio Tunneling for Android, which takes advantage of... » read more

The Week In Review: Aug. 23

By Ed Sperling Cadence won a deal with Realtek, which licensed the Tensilica HiFi audio DSP core for voice recognition technology. Fast voice triggers have been possible for some time, but being able to combine that with low power for mobile devices isn’t easy because the devices are always on—or at least enough “on” to pick up voice commands. Mentor Graphics turned in a record-bre... » read more

The Week In Review: July 12

By Ed Sperling Cadence rolled a new version of its layout suite of tools for electrically aware designs, allowing design teams to check on electrical issues while the layout is being done. The company says this can reduce circuit design time by up to 30%, in addition to optimizing for performance and area. Cadence also announced a deal with Global Unichip, which successfully taped out a 20nm ... » read more

Deep Dive: Energy Efficient Ethernet

By Pallab Chatterjee In late September, the IEEE ratified the 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) specification. The standard, and associated test certification specification, was supported by co-development of over 20 commercial products from multiple vendors, of which 13 were release to market simultaneous with the ratification. Wael Diab, from the office of the CTO at Broadcom, and ... » read more