The Week In Review: Design/IoT

ARM’s Bluetooth acquisitions; EDA revenue up; Cadence Tensilica gets FreeRTOS; Open-Silicon quote portal; NXP adds low power mesh to Bluetooth; Rambus wins security deals; Florida International University signs license with ANSYS.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

ARM made two acquisitions related to Bluetooth radio: Wicentric, a Bluetooth Smart stack and profile provider, and Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD), a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio IP. The IP of both companies will be integrated to form ARM’s new low-power radio IP portfolio.

Numbers

EDA revenue grew 11.9% in Q4 2014 to $2.1 billion, a new record for the industry, propelled by strong growth in both IP and physical design.

Product Updates

Cadence is making it easier for people to integrate their Tensilica processors by making the FreeRTOS real-time operating system available. This is a popular option for microcontrollers as well as smaller 32-bit processor cores and has specific support for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Open-Silicon released their web portal that provides a real time pricing model and enables customers to get budgetary pricing very early in the development cycle. Customers can submit real system requirements including the choices in IP, packaging, manufacturing process, system voltage and power limitations. Customers will then receive a quotation within 48 hours.

NXP added low power mesh compatibility into its Bluetooth Smart portfolio, recently acquired from Quintic’s Bluetooth Low Energy and wearable businesses.

Deals

Rambus won a pair of deals: Thales e-Security will implement Cryptography Research DPA Countermeasure technologies into its line of hardware security modules to protect against side-channel and related attacks, and Intertrust Technologies Corporation will integrate Rambus hardware security cores with its cloud-based security solutions.

Florida International University signed a campus-wide license with ANSYS, giving all of its students access to ANSYS engineering simulation solutions for structures, fluids and electronics. University faculty will also be able to conduct research using the license.