The Week In Review: Design

Carbon nanotube RAM; reconfigurable IP; Intersil acquisition rumors; HDMI and Type-C; Ansys’ new CEO.

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Memory

Nantero licensed its technology for non-volatile RAM using carbon nanotubes (NRAM) to Fujitsu Semiconductor and Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor, which plan to conduct joint development towards releasing a product based on 55-nm process technology. Fujitsu Semiconductor plans to develop an NRAM-embedded custom LSI product by the end of 2018.

IP

Flex Logix completed design of a family of reconfigurable IP cores for TSMC 40ULP. The cores can be arrayed to make larger arrays up to 5×5 with any combination of Logic and DSP IP cores intermixed. The core takes 0.13mm2 and is available with varying VT masks and voltages.

M&A

It appears that Renesas will acquire Intersil, beating out Maxim Integrated with a roughly $3 billion offer, according to unnamed sources speaking to Reuters. While the deal is far from settled (some of Intersil’s chips have military applications and any deal could come under security review), Intersil’s stock rose on the speculation.

Standards

HDMI debuted the HDMI Alternate Mode, which allows HDMI-enabled source devices to utilize a USB Type-C connector to directly connect to HDMI-enabled displays, and deliver native HDMI signals over a cable without connector adapters or dongles.

Additionally, Research and Markets forecasts the global HDMI and DisplayPort market to grow at a CAGR of 2.9% during the period 2016-2020.

People

Ansys announced that Dr. Ajei S. Gopal will take over as CEO starting in January 2017. Gopal has served as a member of the board since 2011. Current CEO James Cashman will continue with the company, taking a seat as the Chairman of the Board.