The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Analog, PCB, and RF tool updates; automotive VIP; cybersecurity, access control, and automotive deals.



Cadence unveiled the latest updates to its Virtuoso platform, adding enhanced data handling for up to 20X improvement in loading waveform databases in excess of 1GB and a 50X improvement in versioning and loading set-up files into the environment in the Analog Design Environment. Updates to the Layout Suite offer up to 100X accelerated zoom, pan, drag and draw performance on large layouts.

Mentor Graphics has a new version of HyperLynx which integrates signal and power integrity analysis, 3D-electromagnetic solving, and fast rule checking into a single unified environment, for a complete set of analysis technology sufficient for designing any type of high-speed digital PCB.

Ansys updated its recently acquired RF system-level modeling and simulation software and antenna analysis software, featuring advances in solver technology, design flow automation and high-performance computing, plus integration with the HFSS electromagnetic field simulation product.


Synopsys expanded its Verification IP portfolio with CAN 2.0/FD/TT (ISO 16845 compliant), LIN, FlexRay, and Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB) protocols for the verification of automotive applications, including test suites and spec-linking technology to verify compliance with automotive standards.


Saftey organization UL selected Synopsys’ software security testing tools for use in the newly launched UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program (CAP), an international certification program that provides independent third-party security assessment of network‐connectable devices in accordance with UL 2900.

HID Global credential technology will be embedded in NXP’s SmartMX-based secure element devices to enable the use of wearable devices for opening electronic locks at commercial buildings, hotels and workplaces.

Plus, NXP and DAF Trucks demonstrated self-driving technologies in automated trucks as part of the European Truck Platooning Challenge, an event that has trucks driving in columns (platooning) on public roads from several European cities to the Netherlands.