The Week In Review: Design

Solid financials for EDA leaders; DesignWare scores; PCB call-for-entries; Nucleus for MCUs, multicore.



Mentor Graphics reported revenues of $260.2 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.23, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.13 for the company’s fiscal second quarter ended July 31. “System design strength, particularly with automotive customers, drove the second quarter with earnings solidly beating guidance,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO of the company, in a statement.

Synopsys reported financial results this week for its third quarter of fiscal 2014 with revenue of $521.8 million, compared to $482.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase of 8.0 percent.  According to Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of the company, “Synopsys delivered an excellent fiscal third quarter, solidifying the year’s financial outlook. We shipped game-changing new products that are generating intense customer interest and high-impact results, and have already started a multi-year upgrade cycle. We also achieved encouraging results through Coverity, the recent acquisition that expands our total addressable market into the software quality, test and security space.”

Design wins

Synopsys also reported this week that its DesignWare USB 3.0 Controller and PHY IP has shipped in more than 100 million production SoCs in mobile computing, digital home and cloud computing applications such as smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, digital TVs, gaming systems and servers. More than 60 companies have successfully integrated silicon-proven DesignWare USB 3.0 IP into their products’ SoCs, including SoCs in the Microsoft XBOX One, digital home, networking and WiFi applications by Realtek, as well as tens of millions of products by Samsung.


Mentor Graphics is opening up the call-for-entries of its 25th  annual Technology Leadership Awards competition that recognizes excellence in PCB design.


Last but not least, this week Mentor Graphics rolled out new version of its Nucleus RTOS targeting high-performance, next-generation applications for connected embedded devices and now includes ARM Cortex M-based cores.

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