Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Arm plans to double down on its core IP business and transfer its two IoT Services Group (ISG) businesses, IoT Platform and Treasure Data, to new entities that would be owned and operated by SoftBank. “SoftBank’s experience in managing fast-growing, early-stage businesses would enable ISG to maximize its value in capturing the data opportunity," said Arm CEO Simon Segars. "Arm would be in a... » read more

Gaps Emerging In System Integration


The system integration challenge is evolving, but existing tools and methods are not keeping up with the task. New tools and flows are needed to handle global concepts, such as power and thermal, that cannot be dealt with at the block level. As we potentially move into a new era where IP gets delivered as physical pieces of silicon, this lack of an accepted flow will become a stumbling block. ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP Synopsys introduced its DesignWare USB4 IP solution consisting of controllers, routers, PHYs, and verification IP. It supports USB4, DisplayPort with HDCP 2.3 security, PCI Express, and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity protocols through USB Type-C connectors and cables. The USB4 IP operates at up to 40 Gbps, twice the maximum data rate of USB 3.2, and is backwards compatible with USB 3... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP Synopsys released a range of IP for TSMC's 5nm process technology. It includes interface PHY IP such as 112G/56G Ethernet, Die-to-Die, PCIe 5.0, CXL, and CCIX; memory interface IP for DDR5, LPDDR5, and HBM2/2E; die-to-die PHYs for 112G USR/XSR connectivity and High-Bandwidth Interconnect; and foundation IP including logic libraries, multi-port memory compilers, and TCAMs. Sma... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Nvidia completed its $7 billion acquisition of Mellanox. The acquisition, initially announced over a year ago, brings Mellanox’s high-performance networking and interconnect technology to Nvidia's server efforts and gives the company full end-to-end offerings in the data center space. To date, this is the largest acquisition in Nvidia's history. Tools & IP Synopsys debuted its 3DIC Co... » read more

Why It’s So Hard To Create New Processors


The introduction, and initial success, of the RISC-V processor ISA has reignited interest in the design of custom processors, but the industry is now grappling with how to verify them. The expertise and tools that were once in the market have been consolidated into the hands of the few companies that have been shipping processor chips or IP cores over the past 20 years. Verification of a pro... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Dialog Semiconductor will acquire Adesto Technologies for $12.55 per share in cash, or for approximately $500 million enterprise value. Founded in 2006 and based in Santa Clara, CA, Adesto provides application-specific semiconductors, embedded systems, and specialty memory for IoT and industrial IoT applications. “This acquisition substantially enhances our position in the Industrial IoT mark... » read more

Transforming Silicon Bring-Up


Not too long ago, the return of first silicon from the foundry was a nail-biting moment as power was applied to the chip. Today, better verification methodologies, increased use of emulation, and more mature fabrication practices have transformed how teams utilize first silicon. It is about to be transformed again, and there are some interesting possibilities on the horizon. Much of what use... » read more

Thoroughly Verifying Complex SoCs


The number of things that can go wrong in complex SoCs targeted at leading-edge applications is staggering, and there is no indication that verifying these chips will function as expected is going to get any easier. Heterogeneous designs developed for leading-edge applications, such as 5G, IoT, automotive and AI, are now complex systems in their own right. But they also need to work in conju... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synopsys completed its acquisition of QTronic GmbH, a provider of simulation, test tools, and services for automotive software and systems development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Synopsys launched the PrimeECO design closure solution, a signoff-driven solution that the company says achieves signoff closure with zero iterations. The tool includes a machine-learning-driven Hybrid Ti... » read more

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