The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Synopsys acquires low power wireless IP assets; computer vision library for Cadence DSPs; NXP’s secure USB Type-C.



Synopsys acquired all low power wireless IP assets of Silicon Vision. The Egyptian company, which provided Bluetooth Smart, ISM Radio, Zigbee Radio, and Z-wave IP, is now working exclusively with Synopsys. The acquisition expands Synopsys’ portfolio of IP for the Internet of Things, which includes security IP recently obtained through the acquisition of Elliptic Technologies.


The Itseez OpenCV library of computer vision acceleration algorithms is now available on Cadence’s Tensilica image/video DSPs. The library is known for advanced image processing, contour processing, computational geometry, various feature detectors and descriptors, object tracking, optical flow, camera calibration and machine learning tools.


NXP unveiled its new USB Type-C solution, including authentication capabilities that can be used to validate a device and determine whether specific functionality of that device should be enabled. For example, detecting counterfeit power supplies before they are used for rapid charging functions.