The Week In Review: Design/IoT

NXP adds ultra LP MCU for always-on sensors; Mentor beefs up CFD tool; chip sales hit record $87B in Q3, highest amount ever; Arteris adds new customers.

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Chips
NXP rolled out what it claims are the most power-efficient microcontrollers for always-on applications. The minimum draw is 3 microamps for continuous sensor listening.

Tools
Mentor Graphics beefed up its CFD tool, adding thermo-fluid analysis simulation capabilities for automotive, aerospace and industrial applications. Included is support for FMI, an open-source environment that allows collaborative design.

Numbers
The Semiconductor Industry Association said worldwide sales hit $87 billion in Q3 of 2014, up 5.7% sequentially and more than 8% year over year. This is the highest number ever.

Deals
Arteris added seven new customers in 2014—Marvell, InfoTM, HiSense, Rambus, two unannounced SSD vendors and a major OEM.

Benchmarks
Kyocera built a custom DSP in less than a year using an application-specific instruction-Set processor tool from Synopsys, shaving an estimated nine months off the project.

Events

Jasper User Group, Nov. 10-11, Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.

International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference, Nov. 11-13, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, CA.

The annual SIA Dinner will be held on Nov. 13 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA.

Cadence will host a Low Power Technology Summit on Nov. 18 at its headquarters in San Jose, CA.

SemIsrael Expo will be held on Nov. 25 at Airport City, Israel.

3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging, Dec. 10-12, Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA.