Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Rambus buys Northwest Logic; low power design service; CMOS image sensors.


Rambus completed its acquisition of Northwest Logic, a supplier of memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers. The Hillsboro, OR office of Northwest Logic will remain in place, along with the entire staff.

SureCore launched a new low power design service. The company’s offering includes concept-to-tape-out low power mixed-signal design expertise such as design and layout capabilities, technology porting, low voltage verification and characterization. These services span bulk nodes from 55nm to leading-edge advanced nodes.

Codasip adopted Mentor’s Questa SLEC to ensure logical equivalence of multiple HDL representations of each of its processors, which are generated by Codasip’s proprietary C-based language for processor architecture description.

Market research firm IC Insights forecasts that the CMOS image sensor market will continue reaching record-high sales and unit volumes through 2023 despite an expected slowdown in growth this year and in 2020. CMOS image sensor sales are projected to rise 9% in 2019 to an all-time high of $15.5 billion, followed by a 4% increase in 2020 to $16.1 billion. IC Insights is forecasting an 11% rise in CMOS image sensor shipments in 2019 to a record-high 6.1 billion units worldwide, followed by a 9% increase in 2020 to 6.6 billion.

Sean Fan joined Rambus as chief operating officer. Before joining Rambus, Fan served as a corporate vice president and general manager at Renesas Electronics, in charge of the datacenter business unit. Prior to its acquisition by Renesas in March 2019, Sean held various senior executive positions at Integrated Device Technology Inc. (IDT). As COO, Fan will be responsible for accelerating product and IP growth initiatives.

Julie Murphy joined ANSYS as vice president of human resources. Previously, Murphy was the chief human resources officer for Tradesmen International and has worked for Westinghouse, Heinz, Blue Cross Blue Shield and PWC.

Check out upcoming industry events and conferences: Next month, Synopsys’ SNUG Austin will take place on Sept. 11. The Arm Research Summit will also be in Austin, Texas on Sept. 15-18.

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