The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Cortex-R8; exporting in ISCF; linear amplifier; deals; Synopsys’ Q1.


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Tools, IP & Chips

ARM debuted the Cortex-R8 processor, targeting mass storage devices and future 5G modems with a quad-core configuration and extended low-latency memory.

Cadence’s schematic design tool, OrCAD Capture, added the capability to export hierarchical schematic designs in Intel Schematic Connectivity Format to streamline the process for customers requiring a review with Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group.

NXP introduced a 2 W, two-stage, wideband linear amplifier designed for thermally sensitive small cell, W-CDMA and LTE base station applications.

Samsung Foundry qualified Cadence’s Innovus physical implementation tool for its latest 10nm process.


Mentor  signed a multi-year subscription agreement with ARM, giving Mentor early access to a broad range of IP and related technologies with the aim of optimizing its tools and methodologies for ARM-based designs.

Synopsys integrated Intrinsic-ID’s secure key management solution into its ARC EM processors in an ultra-low power, firmware-only implementation aimed at giving IoT edge devices the ability to dynamically reconstruct on-chip secret keys without storing them.

Andes Technology and Acer teamed up to develop technology offerings that will enable SoC engineering design teams to build IoT SoCs with Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud services using Andes ecosystem resources.

Cypherbridge optimized its uSSL software development kit for the Synopsys DesignWare SSL/TLS/DTLS Security Protocol Accelerator. The joint solution enables the offload of cryptographic functions to dedicated hardware and accelerates the development of device software drivers for the transport layer security (TLS) protocol.

General Motors adopted Mentor Graphics’ Capital electrical systems design tools for new vehicle development projects and undergoing conversion of design data for existing vehicles to the tool suite.


Synopsys reported financial results for the first quarter of 2016 with revenue of $568.6 million, up 5% from Q1 last year. GAAP net income was $0.39 per share, down slightly from $0.41 per share in Q1 2015. Non-GAAP, net income stood at $0.68 per share, down from $0.80.

Mentor also said it has entered an agreement to repurchase 8 million shares of common stock owned by activist investor Carl Icahn and his affiliates for $18.12 per share, or $146 million.

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