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Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Analog Devices buys Comcores wireless biz; eFPGA on GF 22FDX; NVDIMM-P for persistent memory.

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Analog Devices acquired the wireless assets of Comcores. Analog Devices plans to continue to evolve the wireless technology and participate in the O-RAN forum. Teams based in Denmark and Poland, including Comcores founder and former CEO, Thomas Noergaard, will join ADI. Comcores will retain its other lines of intellectual property and digital systems business, Chip-to-Chip and Ethernet Systems IP, will continue under the new Comcores CEO, John Illerup Mortensen. “The asset sales of Comcores’ wireless business to Analog Devices is an important step for Comcores in refocusing its business to have stronger impact in areas like Ethernet communication technology, timing and Chip Interfaces enabling next generation of ASICs,” said Noergaard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tools, IP, Standards
Flex Logix’s EFLX eFPGA, including both Logic and DSP tiles, are in design for GlobalFoundries’ 22FDX process technology. “We have seen substantial interest in 22FDX due to its special capabilities for fast, low-power integrated circuits especially for aerospace and communications,” said Geoff Tate, CEO and cofounder of Flex Logix. “Customers are already in the design and development phase of SoCs that will use the EFLX 4K for 22FDX.”

Ansys and Siemens Energy are teaming up on additive manufacturing, making Siemens Energy’s powder bed fusion (PBF) AM printing process interoperable with Ansys simulation technologies to help train designers to affordably produce highly complex parts that cannot be created by conventional manufacturing while using less physical prototyping.

PLDA announced a CXL Verification IP Ecosystem that combines CXL controller IP with several pre-integrated testbenches designed by Avery Design System and Truechip with their respective VIPs and testsuites.

JEDEC published the DDR4 NVDIMM-P Bus Protocol standard, JESD304-4.01, which aims to enable the creation of advanced memory solutions that benefit from the enhanced system performance and novel data availability offered by persistent memory devices. NVDIMM-P provides a full transactional interface protocol compatible with standard DRAM DIMMs along with a firmware programming model for the modules. It provides low latency and high bandwidth access to Persistent Memory modules in a system and abstraction to enable most memory media on the DDR channel.

Numbers
Synopsys reported first quarter 2021 financial results with revenue of $970.3 million, up 16.3% from Q1 last year. On a GAAP basis, income per share was $1.03 in Q1 2021, up 53.7% from $0.67 per share in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP income per share for the quarter was $1.52, up 50.5% from $1.01 in Q1 2020. Chairman and co-CEO Aart de Geus said, “In fiscal 2021, we expect to deliver low-to-mid teens non-GAAP earnings per share growth on revenue surpassing the $4 billion milestone and continued non-GAAP operating margin expansion, with more than $1 billion in operating cash flow.”

Events
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The 2021 International Solid-State Circuits Virtual Conference will be held Feb. 13-22. The International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays will take place Feb. 28-Mar. 2.

In March, DVCon 2021 will be held Mar. 1-4. The U.S. government-focused electronics conference GOMACTech will be held Mar. 29-Apr. 1.

DAC changed dates to Dec. 5-9 and plans to hold an in-person conference in San Francisco, Calif. It will be co-located with SEMICON West, which will take place Dec. 7-9.



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