The Week In Review: Aug. 16

Applied Materials names new CEO; Synopsys adds Dolby on ARC; Arteris wins China deal; Freescale rolls out comms processor with Cadence DFM; Mentor focuses on hybrid and electric vehicles.

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By Ed Sperling
Manufacturing Equipment giant Applied Materials added three extra letters company president Gary Dickerson’s title—CEO. Mike Splinter, who has served as the company’s CEO since 2003, will become executive chairman of the board of directors. Dickerson was the CEO of Varian, which Applied Materials acquired in 2011.

Synopsys introduced a Dolby decoder for its ARC processor, which provides makers of TV and set-top box audio processors with support for all Dolby formats.

Arteris won a deal with China’s Allwinner Technology, which licensed its network-on-chip IP for tablet and mobile device SoCs.

Freescale Semiconductor taped out a 28nm 1.8GHz communications processor using Cadence’s DFM and signoff tools. The new SoC has hierarchical blocs and 12 Power Architecture 64-bit processors.

Mentor Graphics unveiled its agenda for the upcoming Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum for the automotive market. New this year is a track for electric and hybrid vehicle design.