The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Cadence’s debug platform; Mentor’s low-cost PCB tools; Synopsys’ IP prototyping kit; Ansys wins quantum computer deal; first quarter results from NXP and Cadence.



Cadence released the new debug platform Indago, with the aim of reducing the time to identify bugs in a design by up to 50 percent compared to traditional signal- or transaction-level debug methods. Included are three debugging apps that provide an integrated debug solution for testbench, verification IP, and hardware/software debug for SoC designs.

Mentor Graphics announced three new PCB design products, targeting independent engineers. The lineup starts at $5,000 for PADS Standard with schematic and PCB layout; the Plus version adds advanced constraint management, high-speed net constraints and routing, central library creation and management and HyperLynx; and the Professional version adds sketch routing, simultaneous 2D/3D layout, hierarchical placement planning, component and net explorers, manufacturing prep and design review/compare.

Synopsys unveiled additional support for ARM processors with new DesignWare Hybrid IP Prototyping Kits. The kits pre-integrate a Virtualizer Development Kit and a DesignWare IP Prototyping Kit into an out-of-the-box solution for IP prototyping, software development and integration with debug and analysis capabilities for interface IP software development.


Quantum computer developer D-Wave Systems signed a deal with Ansys to utilize its multiphysics solutions, including electromagnetic simulation and structural and computational fluid dynamics tools, to simulate the impacts of the extreme operating environment required of quantum processors.


NXP released first quarter results, with total revenue of $1.47 billion and non-GAAP operating margin of 26%. Revenue increased nearly 18% from the same period in the prior year, and declined about 5% from the prior quarter.

Cadence reported first quarter 2015 revenue of $411 million, up 8.4% from the same period in 2014. On a GAAP basis net income was $36 million, up 9% from Q1 2014. Non-GAAP net income was $72 million, up 22%.

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