The Week In Review: Design

FPGA-based prototyping; Imagination’s results; Mentor’s new board member.



Synopsys unveiled a new HAPS adaptor that enables a HAPS FPGA-based Prototyping System to easily connect to a Juno ARM Development Platform. The software development platform includes the Juno Versatile Express board with ARM Cortex-A72, or Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 MPCore, Mali-T624 and reference software through Linaro Linux.


Imagination released financial results for the year ended 30 April 2016. Revenue stood at £120.0m ($155.3m), down 23.5% from last year. Adjusted loss per share was 9.2p ($0.119), down from 2015 earnings of 6.3p ($0.081) per share. Reported loss per share was 29.8p ($0.385), 2015’s loss was 4.9p ($0.063) per share. CEO Andrew Heath said, “Going forwards Imagination will be an IP licencing business. We will increase investment in PowerVR, which reported significant profits, building on our leading position and exploiting new markets. We will focus MIPS and Ensigma where we have, or can build, differentiated, defendable positions.”


Dr. Cheryl L. Shavers was elected to Mentor Graphics’ board of directors. Dr. Shavers is currently CEO of Global Smarts, Inc., an advisory services and strategy firm, which she founded in 2001 to assist companies and government agencies to manage growth opportunities and the innovative process.

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