The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Power modeling standard; Synopsys extends ARC safety support; automotive lighting; deals.



Si2 is launching a new project to develop a new power modeling standard, focusing on estimation of power consumption more easily and more accurately throughout the design process, especially during the earliest stages. The approved specification will be contributed to the IEEE P2416 Standards Working Group for industry-wide distribution.


Synopsys extended automotive safety support to DesignWare ARC EM processors that include cache support and DSP acceleration with a package offering that integrates safety-critical hardware features including error-correcting code, parity support, user-programmable watchdog timer and lockstep interface.

Barco Silex debuted a new IP module that functions as a root-of-trust and supports authentication of devices, firmware and application software, advanced anti-tampering features, protection against side-channel attacks, a secure storage interface, and a scalable cryptographic engine supporting symmetric and asymmetric operations.


NXP announced a new multi-channel LED Driver IC portfolio for automotive exterior lighting, with features including a scalable architecture for cross-platform multi-channel solutions and multiphase boost with two independent voltage outputs.

Deals & Certifications

Cypress selected Cadence’s RTL-to-signoff digital design flow and circuit simulation platform for all of its 40nm automotive chip designs. Tezzaron also adopted the digital design flow for its networking and supercomputing SoCs.

Agnisys’ IDesignSpec register specification software was licensed by Istuary Innovation Group for design and verification of its enterprise storage chips.

Synopsys’ key functional safety verification products received certification for the ISO 26262 automotive functional safety standard through SGS-TÜV Saar GmbH.

Mentor Graphics’ Valor Production Plan software has been integrated with SAP’s NetWeaver for PCB assembly planning, including surface mount technology, manual assembly and test. Mentor also won a deal with Sentral Group, which uses Mentor tools in manufacturing automation of wire harnesses and specialty cables and choosing manufacturing facilities.

Ansys inked a deal with defense systems company Indra, which will use Ansys’ simulation tools in designing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

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