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The Week In Review: Design


Partnerships With an aim to drive adoption of software testing in Japan, Coverity, a Synopsys company said it has tapped OGIS-RI, a Japan-based distributor of IT solutions to partner with Coverity's software testing platform and OGIS-RI's open source license and vulnerability management tool. Maxscend Technologies has joined CEVA’s CEVAnet partner program and will offer complete solutio... » read more

Next Bonanza: Security Holes


Security threats—both real and potential—are beginning to reshape the semiconductor business. These threats are drawing venture capitalists back into the industry as they race for the next big opportunity. They are blurring the lines between software and hardware, as threats grow in complexity at every level of a device and its myriad and sometimes perpetual connections to the outside wo... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Cadence completed its acquisition of Jasper Design Automation, using cash and revolving credit to finance the deal. It will explain the impact on 2014 financial results in fiscal 2015. Jasper’s team, led by CEO Kathryn Kranen, will now report to Cadence senior VP Charlie Huang in Cadence’s System & Verification Group. The deal was first announced in April. Tools Coverity un... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Mentor Graphics rolled out embedded Linux software for AMD’s x86 G-series SoCs, code-named Steppe Eagle and its Crowned Eagle CPUs. Ansys-Apache and TowerJazz have created a power noise and reliability signoff design kit, including reference flow guidelines, test case examples and flow setup guidance. Synopsys updated its verification portfolio with static and formal tools for CD... » read more

Executive Insight: Aart de Geus


SE: What worries you most? De Geus: Everything I do is with high intensity, and what is of super high intensity right now—and there are challenges and opportunities in it—is that we have the confluence of some very big changes right now happening at the same time. On the technology side, there are multiple intersections. One is the intersection of another 10 years of Moore’s Law—finF... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Mentor Graphics acquired Nimbic, which makes simulation software for power and signal integrity and electromagnetic interference. No purchase price was given. Synopsys’ Coverity subsidiary acquired Kalistick, which makes cloud-based software solutions to boost test efficiency. Terms of the deal were not provided. Tools and IP Sonics introduced a new development environment for... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys’ Coverity subsidiary bought Kalistick, a French company that makes cloud-based solutions to boost testing efficiency by allowing engineers to identify and prioritize tests. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tools Cadence rolled out verification IP for the new PCI Express 4.0 architecture. The new spec supports up to 16 billion transactions per second, which is double... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools CEVA integrated Bluetooth processing into its DSP cores. In addition to audio and video and always-on capabilities, the company is pitching the combination as an all-in-one, ultra-low-power solution for the wearable electronics market. So how big is this market opportunity? IDC predicts the wearable computing market will grow from 19.2 million units this year to 112 million units in 2... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Certifications TSMC certified Mentor Graphics’ DFM, place and route and custom IC tools, as well as its SPICE simulator, for the 16nm finFET process.  The foundry also certified Cadence’s digital and custom/analog tools for that process, including physical verification, QRC extraction, timing sign off and its power integrity solution. And it certified Synopsys’ digital and custom soluti... » read more

EDA Shapes Its Future


In part one of this series, Semiconductor Engineering looked at growth within the EDA industry and the types of approaches being made to expand the scope of the markets that they serve. Scope expansion comes from the creation of new tools, the growth of companies in the IP space and the various ways in which opportunities can be found in new markets. Additional growth opportunities come from so... » read more

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