The Week In Review: Design

Noise characterization; MIPI SoundWire IP; SerDes PHY IP; Ansys results.



ProPlus Design Solutions unveiled its 9812DX wafer-level 1/f noise characterization system, an enhanced version of its de facto standard 9812D. It includes a more than 10X increase in system resolution, as well as a speedup boost three-to-five times faster than previous systems, higher voltage support up to 200V, and lower current support down to 0.1nA. It also adds a wider range of measurement conditions and device types.


Cadence debuted design and verification IP for MIPI SoundWire v1.1, plus demonstrated interoperability of MIPI SoundWire solutions in collaboration with Realtek. SoundWire is a digital audio interface specification that can replace legacy audio interfaces, allowing a reduced pin count, ease of integration, and low gate count.

Faraday Technology launched 12.5Gbps programmable SerDes PHY IP on UMC‘s 28nm High-K Metal Gate process technology, 28HPCU. The IP supports interface standards ranging from SGMII, XAUI, QSGMII, USB 3.1, PCIe 3.0, NVM Express, to SATA 3 by combining respective Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS) circuits.


Ansys released financial reports for the second quarter of 2016 with revenue of $246.1 million, up 4% from the same quarter last year. On a GAAP basis, earnings per share were $0.78, up 15% from Q2 2015. Non-GAAP earnings per share stood at $0.93, up 9%. For the coming quarter, the company expects revenue in the range of $244 – $253 million.