The Week In Review: Design

Tools Synopsys uncorked the next version of its verification tool, which includes static and formal verification, new debug capabilities, and low-power and X-propagation simulation. The company says the new tool offers up to 5X performance improvement. Cadence rolled out a new version of its verification solution for designs using ARM’s interconnect IP, speeding up verification and analys... » read more

The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Cadence bought TranSwitch’s high-speed interface IP assets. TranSwitch, which made chips for communications equipment, filed for bankruptcy in November. (The company’s Web site is no longer active.) Cadence also won a deal with Microsoft, which will use Tensilica processors in the new Xbox One audio subsystem. And Cadence rolled out HiFi Audio Tunneling for Android, which takes advantage of... » read more

President Obama Visits Applied Materials

By John Kania [caption id="attachment_8398" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="Applied Materials CEO Mike Splinter with President Barack Obama as they tour the Austin manufacturing clean room and hear from Applied employee Nilam D. Bhakta-Sahib about the complex chip making process. "][/caption] President Obama rode Air Force One into Austin, Texas, to shine a spotlight on the import... » read more

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