Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Rambus buys Verimatrix IP and provisioning biz; heterogenous development; USB4.


Rambus will acquire the Silicon IP, Secure Protocols and Provisioning business from Verimatrix, formerly Inside Secure. The secure silicon IP and provisioning solutions from both companies will be integrated into a single portfolio of products and the embedded security teams from Verimatrix will join Rambus. “Integrating the Verimatrix embedded security team into Rambus, a recognized leader in hardware-based security, will deliver the most comprehensive portfolio of security solutions in the industry,” said Amedeo D’Angelo, chairman and CEO of Verimatrix. The parties intend to enter into an asset purchase agreement with respect to the proposed transaction upon completion of certain pre-conditions. Details of the deal have not been disclosed. The transaction is expected to close this year.

CacheQ Systems debuted its QCC Acceleration Platform, a heterogenous compute development environment aimed at providing faster performance and reduced development time for processor and FPGA compute architectures. The platform is intended for software developers with limited knowledge of hardware architecture and converts serial high-level language (HLL) code into a parallel representation. It supports code profiling, utilization estimates, performance simulation, memory configuration and partitioning across a variety of compute engine processors, including x86, Arm and RISC-V, and FPGAs, prior to generating a compute executable.

Edge Case Research integrated its autonomous vehicle (AV) AI perception stress testing and risk analysis system, Hologram, within ANSYS’ comprehensive AV simulation solution. The tool analyzes AV algorithms to detect edge cases for development and validation of perception algorithms.

Siemens PLM Software, parent business of Mentor, changed its name to Siemens Digital Industries Software. The company also announced Xcelerator, which integrates a portfolio of products from electronic design automation through product lifecycle management with the Mendix application development platform. Capital has been embedded into the NX software for collaborative product creation, while Siemens Opcenter solution has been integrated with Valor software to expand the digital thread from design to manufacturing. Siemens also recently integrated multiple automotive validation tools to create the PAVE360 pre-silicon autonomous validation environment.

InnoGrit selected Moortec’s 28nm thermal sensing solution to optimize performance and increase reliability for its recently announced Shasta and Shasta+ SSD controllers aimed at client applications such as consumer electronics and IoT devices. InnoGrit cited the ability of the thermal sensing to allow for better temperature management and performance.

NSITEXE used Synopsys’ design, verification and IP solutions in its Data Flow Processor (DFP)-based SoC test chip, achieving first silicon success. The DFP’s architecture combines both a CPU and a GPU designed for processing large and complex datasets, allowing for parallel data management, and enabling application-independent capability with power-efficient parallelism and high quality.

The USB4 specification has been published. The USB4 architecture is based on the Thunderbolt protocol specification, doubles the maximum aggregate bandwidth of USB, and enables multiple simultaneous data and display protocols.

Check out upcoming industry events and conferences: Synopsys’ SNUG Austin will take place on Sept. 11. The Arm Research Summit will also be in Austin, Texas on Sept. 15-18. AI Hardware Summit is at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA Sept 17-18.

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