The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mentor buys Tanner; NXP-Freescale merger; UVM 1.2 heads to IEEE; Synopsys VDK for Freescale MCUs; ANSYS simulation for Atmel; Cadence IP in Global Unichip SoC; NXP travels Barcelona; Rambus’ LSS POD.


Mergers & Acqusitions

Mentor Graphics acquired Tanner EDA, bolstering their position in tools for analog, mixed-signal and MEMs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

NXP joins forces with Freescale. The merger carries a $16.7 billion price tag and potentially creates a new leader in the automotive and MCU markets.


Accellera sent UVM 1.2 off to the IEEE P1800.2 working group to undergo a rigorous development process to tighten the standard, eliminating non-standard APIs and furthering reuse goals.


Synopsys uncorked the Virtualizer Development Kit for Freescale’s S32V200 family of microcontrollers. The VDK uses the S32V234 virtual prototype as an embedded target for early and more efficient software development, integration and test of advanced driver assistance systems.


Atmel adopted ANSYS’ simulation software to ensure their SmartConnect WINC1500 WiFi SoC and Cortex-M0+ MCU met the delicate power/performance balance required for IoT applications.

Global Unichip Corporation achieved first-silicon success integrating Cadence’s tri-band analog front-end IP with WiGig, enabling integration of digital logic and analog monolithic die in an advanced 28nm CMOS process.

The Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority will use NXP’s MIFARE DESFire for T-Mobilitat, Barcelona’s new transit card that will be fully interoperable with all public transport operators in the city.

Rambus, in collaboration with design firms frog and IXDS, launched the Partners-in-Open-Development program to promote adoption of their lensless smart sensor technology.

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