The Week In Review: Design/IoT

MIPI I3CSM controller IP; Ethernet transceivers; Q1 results from Cadence and NXP.


IP & Chips

Synopsys debuted MIPI I3CSM controller IP, which incorporates in-band interrupts within the 2-wire interface to deliver low pin count. The IP supports all data rates up to 26.7 Mbps, dynamic address allocation, multi-master operations and 32-bit ARM AMBA Advanced Peripheral Bus slave interface.

Marvell unveiled a family of Ethernet transceivers fully optimized for 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps data rates over Cat5e cables. The transceivers can be kitted with Marvell’s range of switches, which span from basic Layer 2 functionality to models containing full Enterprise Class Virtualization and Layer 3+ features.


Soha Hassoun, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University and a past general chair of DAC, is this year’s recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award.


Ansys won a deal with ARM, which licensed engineering simulation software tools to help with electrostatic discharge, electromigration, power modeling, analyzing and validating foundation IP building blocks, as well as central processing units and graphics processing unit cores.

Toshiba adopted Cadence’s Innovus tool for its memory controller’s production design project, citing ability to achieve an optimal target performance while creating a 16% smaller place and route area for random logic with 25% lower power consumption compared with its previous solution.

GCT Semiconductor, a supplier of advanced 4G LTE semiconductor solutions, licensed Arteris FlexNoC IP for use in its low power LTE digital baseband chipsets, citing ability to reduce idle and active power consumption.


Cadence released first quarter financial results, with revenue of $448 million, up 9% from the same period in 2015. On a GAAP basis, net income was $0.17 per share, up 42% compared to Q1 2015. Non-GAAP EPS was $0.28, up 22%. It was the company’s best quarter ever for hardware revenue. Additionally, the acquisition of Rocketick was finalized.

NXP’s first quarter results also came in, with revenue of $2.22 billion, up 52% year-on-year. GAAP net loss per share was ($1.16), primarily due to merger related accounting, said the company. Non-GAAP EPS was $1.14, down 15.6%.

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