The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Tools Cadence unveiled Joules, its new RTL power analysis solution. The tool performs design synthesis using a new integrated prototype mode of Cadence's Genus Synthesis product, including physically aware clock tree and datapath buffering, and enabling accurate RTL power estimation. IP Synopsys and ASMedia completed a successful interoperability demonstration of Synopsys' USB 3.1 Devi... » read more

USB Connectors Get Smarter

By now, there’s quite a buzz about the new USB Type-C spec given that it provides for a reversible plug connector for USB devices and cabling, aiming to end the endless cable flipping to make sure the orientation is correction. To avoid confusion, while developed at about the same time as the USB 3.1 specification, it is distinct from that one. When it comes to software support for Type-C,... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools Mentor Graphics rolled out an extension to its PCB design platform that allows for synchronization of processes across multi-board systems. The new tool captures logic and system definitions for boards, cables, backplanes, cable assemblies, sensors and actuators. Cadence introduced a dynamic characterization solution for mixed signal blocks such as PLLs, data converters, high-speed tr... » read more

USB 3.1: Evolution And Revolution

USB-IF Worldwide Developers Days introduced developers to the new USB 3.1 specification. On the surface, USB 3.1 seems like it could be only an update to 10G speeds, but this white paper will dig deeper into 10G USB 3.1 to clarify the evolutionary and revolutionary changes in the USB 3.1 specification. USB 3.1 introduces a new 10 Gbps signaling rate in addition to the 5 Gbps signaling rate defi... » read more

Using USB 3.1’s Multiple INs To Reach 10 Gbps Data Rates

In January 2013, the USB-IF announced USB 3.1, a new generation of the protocol that will double USB 3.0 data throughput performance to 10 Gbps. In addition to this increased speed, the specification requires compatibility with existing cables, connectors, software stacks, and device class protocols. USB 3.1 products must support existing 5 Gbps and new 10 Gbps hubs and devices, as well as olde... » read more