Week In Review: System-Level Design

Synopsys adds IP support to FPGA prototyping; Mentor buys Oasys assets; ST joins ARM’s IoT mbed project.


Synopsys extended its FPGA prototyping board with a new version that is optimized for IP and subsystems. This is particularly interesting given the fact that Synopsys is one of the largest IP providers and currently sells subsystems based on its ARC processor IP. Among the new features are support for 4 million gates for software development and hardware-software integration, as well as synthesis, debug and clock optimization.

Synopsys also rolled out the next release of its modeling software for optical and photonics network design tools. Improved in this version are modeling, analysis and simulation speed. Synopsys also uncorked a new release of its illumination design software for general lighting, automotive and biomedical applications. The big addition there is multi-threaded processing, which the company calls a “game changer.”

Mentor Graphics bought key assets of Oasys Design Systems, a move aimed squarely at Cadence and Synopsys in the RTL synthesis arena. The goal here is to move up some of the back-end considerations into floor planning for advanced process nodes.

STMicroelectronics joined ARM’s mbed project, which allows developers using ST’s microcontrollers based on ARM’s Cortex-M to access the software, tools and collaboration platform at no cost. ARM set up mbed to foster the Internet of Things.

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