The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Avago on the prowl; Sonics unveils power architecture; Synopsys releases DDR4 3DS VIP; ARM’s new accreditation program for IoT; Andes launches IoT community.


Avago appears to be on the prowl for a new acquisition. According to a Reuters report, it has made inquiries at Xilinx, Renesas and Maxim and has more than $10B to spend. Avago made a bid for Freescale earlier this year, but NXP ended up buying Freescale for $11.8B.

Sonics unveiled the ICE-Grain Power Architecture, a power management sub-system for mainstream SoC designs that combines fine-grain partitioning and autonomous control. The solution is comprised of configurable hardware IP blocks, embedded control software, and integrated design tool environment.

Synopsys released verification IP for the DDR4 3D Stacking (3DS) specification. The VIP supports all JEDEC commands and provides pre-built DIMM (UDIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM) models with protocol and timing checks, protocol-aware debug, verification plans, and built-in coverage.

ARM announced a new quality assurance standard for the mbed IoT Device Platform, giving partners the ability to label products as interoperable. The accreditation program will cover solutions entering a broad range of developer markets; from silicon and modules to OEM products and cloud services. Accreditation will be free of charge with applications beginning in June.

Andes Technology launched its community website,, to centralize open-source and commercial SoC development platforms, software stacks, application development platforms, and development tools for AndesCore-based IoT devices.

Cadence’s USB 3.0 host IP solution for TSMC’s 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) process passed USB-IF compliance testing and received USB-IF certification.

Ansys’ power integrity and electromigration simulation tools have been certified by UMC for its 28 and 40-nm technologies.

Broadcom extended its license agreement providing access to Synopsys’ ARC processors for an expanded range of advanced multimedia and networking SoC designs.

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