The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Cadence design platform for 10nm; GaAs foundry adopts Mentor physical verification; Rambus security for LG; IoT product kit; USB Type-C; Synopsys Q4.



Cadence uncorked the next generation of its custom design platform optimized for advanced 10nm FinFET designs. Features include multi-patterning and color-aware layout, electrically aware design, and module generator (ModGen)-based device array flow.


San’an IC will provide Mentor Graphics’ design rule decks to its customers to help verify that their mobile and wireless gallium arsenide IC designs meet all foundry requirements.

LG Electronics licensed Rambus’ security platform for its next-gen mobile devices. The platform includes a hardware root-of-trust for provisioning of keys to manage sensitive data on mobile devices.

Cadence and Spreadtrum developed a virtual reference design kit specific to Spreadtrum’s SC9830A quad-core SoC platform requirements. The kit includes data examples and analysis models pre-populated for use in several Cadence tools.

NXP collaborated with Zentri, provider of a single platform stack for connected products, on a Cloud Connectivity Kit which aims to reduce time-to-market for deploying IoT products. NXP also released the latest in its USB Type-C IC range, a baseband Power Delivery Physical layer (PD-PHY).


Synopsys posted financial results, showing a revenue of $587.2 million for Q4, up 9% compared to the same quarter last year. For the whole fiscal year, revenue stood at $2.242 billion, up 9% over 2014. GAAP earnings per share were $0.31 for the quarter (down 21%) and $1.43 per share for the year (down 13%). On a non-GAAP, earnings per share were $0.67 for the quarter (up 5%) and $2.77 per share for the year (up 9%).