The Week In Review: Design

Mentor adds hypervisor with tools; NXP intros NFC passive tagging; eSilicon signs two distributors for MPW system; SPL ports auto audio software to Cadence DPS; Arteris wins deal with Hisense; MStar licenses Rambus security core; Atrenta wins deal with Orise.

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Mentor Graphics unveiled a hypervisor with configuration, debugging and hardware support. The solution is aimed at a variety of vertical markets, ranging from industrial and medical to consumer electronics.

NXP uncorked a passive Inter-Integrated Circuit (I²C) solution for near-field communications tagging, allowing appliances, wearables and consumer electronics to use existing NFC-enabled phones as a remote user interface. The technology eliminates the need for touchscreens of Wi-Fi-based connectivity for advanced device pairing, personalization and device maintenance.

Deals
Specialty foundries Altis Semiconductor (France) and TSI Semiconductor joined eSilicon’s online quoting system for multi-project wafer shuttles. Altis will include LP, RF and eFlash at 130nm, while TSI will add 250nm logic, BCD and HV analog.

SPL, the German audio company, ported its software to Cadence’s audio/voice DSPs. SPL’s software adjusts the equalization for optimal sound, which the company says can be done without installing more expensive speaker systems.

In addition, TSMC adopted Cadence’s finFET library characterization solution, which they claim cuts turnaround time in half for standard and complex cell characterization cycles.

China’s Hisense licensed Arteris’ NoC IP to shorten development time for video processing chips used in digital TVs. In the highly competitive DTV arena, time to market and flexibility are considered critical.

Rambus won a deal with Taiwan’s MStar, which will use its CryptoFirewall security core inside its connected TV chips. The goal is to protect MStar customers against piracy of content and services.

Atrenta won a deal with Taiwan’s Orise Technology, which will use its CDC and constraints analysis tools for flat panel display drivers and controllers.

Synopsys’ Coverity unit signed on OGIS-RI to distribute its software testing platform in Japan. OGIS-RI is a professional services company focused on IT solutions; it is a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., the No. 2 gas utility in Japan.