The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mentor, Marvell roll out IoT gateway solutions; ARC security option; Andes processor+DSP; video encoder IP; startup Intento raises funds; Ansys’ Q3 results.


Mentor Graphics began selling infrastructure hardware this week, including an end-to-end IoT solution that includes a reference design for a customizable gateway, a cloud backend, and runtime solutions on which to build a wide array of IoT edge devices. Mentor also released virtual platforms for Altera’s Arria 10 SoC FPGA, and updated its Valor PCB manufacturing process to focus on Industry 4.0.

Marvell introduced an IoT gateway, as well, based on Google’s Brillo operating system, with native support of the Weave communication protocol, which allows phones to talk to each other through the Cloud.

Synopsys presented a new security package option for ARC EM processors, adding the ability to create an isolated, secure environment that protects their systems and software from evolving security threats such as IP theft and remote attacks.

Andes launched a 5-stage pipeline processor with integrated DSP offering 130 SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) instructions. To boost the computational efficiency, it can execute 4-way 8-bit, or 2-way 16-bit SIMD instructions in a single-cycle latency. For multimedia applications, the D1088 also supports 64-bit add, subtract, and multiply mixed computation.

Allegro DVT made available new versions of its multi-format video encoder and decoder IPs with additional video profiles that cover 4:2:2 chroma sampling and 10 bits per sample.


Blu Wireless licensed Arteris’ interconnect IP for use in its WiGig and 60GHz millimeter wave baseband IP.

Wave Semiconductor deployed S2C’s FPGA prototyping tools to validate hardware/software interoperation in their AXI-connected massively parallel processor array technology.


Intento Design, an EDA startup founded earlier this year and focused on analog and mixed-signal, raised 900k Euros in early stage funding. Key investors in this round of funding include Seventure Partners, a leading European Venture Capital Fund Manager, and the FOREIS Endowment Fund.

Ansys released third quarter financials, reporting Q3 GAAP revenue of $237.8 million (up 2% year over year) and non-GAAP revenue of $238.2 million (up 1%). Earnings per share stood at $0.72 GAAP, up 3% (non-GAAP, $0.90, up 1%).

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