The Week In Review: Design/IoT

ISO 26262 team-ups; Cortex-R5 compiler; Cadence in Epson watches; Altera virtual prototypes; sensors for Lenovo; PCB tool distribution agreement; NXP in China; updated MIPI CSI spec; Synopsys Q1; eASIC IPO.



Arteris teamed up with Yogitech to integrate the two companies’ products. They’re planning a set of ISO 26262 deliverables for a series of SoC reference designs and a functional safety assessment of the Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP.

ARM and Green Hills Software collaborated on an optimized compiler for the Cortex-R5 processor. The compiler achieved a score of 1.01EEMBC Automarks/MHz on the Cortex-R5 automotive MCUs from Spansion, a 30% increase on previous performance scores.

Epson features Cadence’s Tensilica Xtensa processor in the GPS subsystem of its wrist running monitors, citing a battery life increase from 14 hours to up to 30 hours when the GPS function is activated.

Mentor Graphics and Altera joined forces in a virtual prototyping collaboration. Mentor will be providing free-to-use downloadable binary versions of Vista virtual prototypes for, eventually, Altera’s entire SoC FPGA portfolio.

Lenovo’s VIBE X2 Pro smartphone will use NXP’s LPC54100 series of microcontrollers for always-on sensor processing applications. The sensor hub uses as little as 3 µA for always-on ‘sensor listening’ and as little as 55 µA/MHz for active mode sensor data aggregation.

CADD Edge signed an agreement to distribute Mentor Graphics PCB design, high-performance analysis, PCB Design for Manufacturability (DFM), and thermal analysis tools to customers in the eastern USA.

NXP inked a deal with Chinese state-owned investment company JAC Capital to establish a joint venture in China, based on technology from NXP’s Bipolar Power business line.


MIPI Alliance updated its Camera Serial Interface (CSI) specification. The new MIPI CSI-2 v1.3 specification can operate on either of two physical layer specifications from the MIPI Alliance: MIPI D-PHY, which CSI-2 has used traditionally, as well as MIPI C-PHY, released in September 2014.


Synopsys reported financial results for first quarter 2015. revenue of $542.0 million, up 13.2 percent from Q1 2014. On a GAAP basis, net income was $65.2 million, down from $67.7 million for the same period last year. However, non-GAAP net income was stated at $125.7 million, up from $93.1 million from Q1 2014. Synopsys provides a revenue target of $2.195 billion – $2.235 billion for this year.

eASIC filed a registration statement for an IPO. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not been determined.

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