The Week In Review: Design

Synopsys upgrades P&R tool, accelerates AMS regression test; Mentor unveils integrated PCB flow; Real Intent updates early detection and management tool; Sonics inks Taiwan distribution deal; Rambus settles dispute with Nanya.


Synopsys rolled out a major new release of its place and route tool, the centerpiece of its physical design platform, offering up to 10X improvement in speed—a combination of 5X faster implementation and 2X larger capacity. Co-CEO Aart de Geus called it the most significant product in the company’s history.

Synopsys also rolled out an AMS verification platform to accelerate regression testing of mixed-signal SoCs, extending its verification methodology, functional and low-power technologies, and improved performance.

Mentor Graphics unveiled an integrated PCB flow that links design and manufacturing operations. The lean new-product introduction (NPI) solution comes in response to growing complexity on the PCB side, which mirrors some of the design complexity in SoCs.

Real Intent uncorked a new version of its early detection and management tool for unknowns in digital designs, improving performance and debug reporting. Runtime using the new tool is 10X faster for reset and retention-flop optimization, according to the company.

Synopsys wrapped up its deal to buy Coverity after just five weeks, setting it on a new course involving mainstream software analysis and test. How this will affect the company’s long-term plans remains to be seen.

Sonics inked a deal with Taiwan’s Maojet Technology Corp., which will distribute Sonics on-chip network products in the Taiwanese market.

Rambus settled a patent license dispute with Nanya Technology Corp. Under the terms of the agreement, Nanya will be able to use Rambus’ high-performance, low-power patents through Q2 of 2018. The deal also opens the door for the two companies to collaborate on memory and interface technologies.

Synopsys expanded its virtual platform development kit for Renesas’ microcontrollers, allowing software development to begin earlier in the design cycle.

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