The Week In Review: Design

Static timing analysis; MIPI display and camera IP; Rambus’ results; Mark Templeton dies in accident.



Synopsys updated its static timing analysis tool to use smart engineering change order (ECO) technology, which the company says reduces memory requirements by 5X and speeds runtime by 2X. The release also allows more scenarios on a single server, or flexible distribution to take advantage of customers’ private compute clouds.


Synopsys released MIPI display and camera interface IP for mobile, automotive and IoT. The DSI controller implements low-power and high-speed modes for video and command displays, and supports up to four lanes for high resolution systems. The CSI-2 controller enables merging of multiple video streams at high bit rates and supports up to eight lanes of operation.


Mentor Graphics won a deal with Barefoot Networks, which used Mentor’s emulation platform to verify its 6.5Tbps fully programmable network switch, citing the platform’s high capacity, virtualization technology, and remote access option.


Rambus reported second quarter financial results with revenue of $76.5 million, up 5% from the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, income per share stood at $0.03, up one penny from Q2 2015. Non-GAAP income per share was $0.15 (up from $0.13 in Q2 2015). Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $149.2 million, which was up 2% over the prior year period.


Mark R. Templeton, co-founder and former president of Artisan Components and noted venture capitalist with Scientific Ventures, died Sunday July 17 in a kayaking accident while with friends on the Rogue River in Oregon.


Intel Custom Foundry certified Ansys’ electromigration, power and electrostatic discharge reference flows for its 10nm, third-generation tri-gate process technology.

TowerJazz certified Synopsys’ IC Validator physical verification product for final signoff verification in its most popular 180nm analog/mixed-signal process.