The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Library characterization; USB 3.1; display processor; entertainment security; deals.



Synopsys unveiled its comprehensive standard cell library characterization and QA solution, SiliconSmart ADV, highlighting a simple multi-core licensing scheme for easy adaptation to constantly changing characterization workload requirements.

Cadence updated its Sigrity portfolio focusing on multi-gigabit interfaces, including automated support for IBIS-AMI model creation, channel model extraction using multiple field solvers, and an automated power-aware signal integrity analysis report to validate a virtual USB 3.1 channel.


ARM launched what is now its highest performing and most power-efficient 4K-capable display processor. Key features include up to seven display layer composition, rotation, high-quality scaling and energy-efficient technologies.

Rambus uncorked a security platform for digital entertainment, which includes a secure core, a software player and trusted key provisioning services for 4K UHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming. Kaleidescape will integrate the platform for the first 4K Ultra HD HDR movie player for the home.


Chinese mobile and networking device manufacturer ZTE licensed Arteris’ FlexNoC IP for use in its SoCs.

HiSilicon adopted Cadence’s Innovus Implementation System for 28nm and advanced node FinFET DSP design projects.

NXP teamed up with Guala Closures to develop next generation closure solutions integrating NFC, adding anti-counterfeit and tamper-evident applications for the wine and spirits industry.