The Week In Review: Design

Embedded development kit; PCB flow; debug standard; Intel, ARM, and 10nm; ADAS deal; DVCon expands; Synopsys and Mentor numbers.



Aldec uncorked its TySOM embedded development kit, which includes Riviera-PRO mixed-HDL language simulation for VHDL 2008/Verilog 2005, a Xilinx Zynq-based development board and pre-validated Ubuntu Embedded Host reference designs and tutorials.

Mentor Graphics introduced the first phase of its new Xpedition PCB design flow with technologies for design and verification of rigid and flex PCBs in a 3D environment and to automate layout of high-speed topologies with advanced constraints.


The MIPI Alliance unveiled a new specification for debugging electronic products, the MIPI Gigabit Debug for IP Sockets. A network adapter that enables use of two high-level MIPI Alliance debug protocols on IP-based connections, it allows for debugging devices during development and again after products are commercialized and connected to networks.


Intel’s foundry unit forged a major partnership with ARM. Specifically, ARM will make its physical IP available on Intel’s 10nm process, which is based on a scaled version of its finFET transistors. Intel, in turn, will offer the IP for foundry customers.

Andes Technology won a deal with Weltrend Semiconductor, which will use Andes’ 32-bit CPU core for their WT8893 Around-View Monitor (AVM) video processor chip for ADAS systems. According to the announcement, the system is slated for inclusion in a major SUV.


DVCon India is back for its third year. The two-day conference will be held Bangalore on September 15-16, with a focus on ESL design and verification, VIP development and virtual prototyping for embedded software development and debug. If you’re interested in attending but haven’t registered, rates will increase August 30.

Plus, Accellera is adding DVCon China to next year’s slate of events, which will premier as a 1-day event in Shanghai on April 19, 2017.


Synopsys released third quarter financial results with revenue of $615.2 million, a 10.7% boost over the same period in 2015. On a GAAP basis, earnings per share stood at $0.42, up 20% from the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.76, up 20.6% from Q3 2015.

Mentor Graphics’ financial reports are in as well, with second quarter 2017 revenues of $254 million, down 9.5% from the second quarter of last year. GAAP earnings per share were $0.03, down from $0.27 in Q2 2016. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.15, down from $0.36 in the same period last year.