The Week In Review: Design

Synopsys adds fiber optic modeling tools; Intel pushes into smart devices, buys patent portfolio; Rambus expands security exec team; Apple adds Apple Pay.


Synopsys extended its fiber optic systems modeling tool to include multi-stage photonic ICs. The tool models bi-directional signal propagation for both optical and electrical and multi-path interference.

Intel made a deeper foray into smart devices at the Intel Developer Forum this week, adding Android developer tools and a developer program to accelerate wearable devices, including algorithms and data management all deployed on a cloud infrastructure. The company also showed off a gen-2 LTE modem and a computer the size of a postage stamp that was announced at CES.

Apple showed off its new iPhone and smart watch, but the biggest deal was the one it cut with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for mobile device payments through Apple Pay.

Synopsys won a deal with Wipro, which will use Synopsys’ verification IP in its verification services projects.

Rambus expanded its Cryptography Research Division leadership team, adding three industry veterans to its ranks as the demand for security technology heats up.

Intel declared a cash dividend of 22.5 cents per share, payable on Dec. 1.  The chipmaker also bought Powerwave Technology’s patent portfolio from The Gores Group, which obtained the patents after Powerwave filed for Chapter 11. The patents involve telecommunications technology such as power amplifier configurations and digital pre-distortion circuits.


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