Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Apple inks deal with Imagination; RISC-V development platform; 50 & 100 GbE UDP IP.


Apple and Imagination inked a new multi-year license agreement under which Apple has access to a wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property in exchange for license fees. In 2017, Apple had announced it would be developing its own graphics chips and phasing out use of Imagination’s IP. Imagination, which had recently restructured, saw its stock price fall by half in the wake of the news. Later in 2017, Imagination was acquired by private equity firm Canyon Bridge, divesting MIPS in the process. Last month, Imagination announced a new generation graphics architecture, the IMG A-Series, which the company says provides significant performance, power, and ML processing improvement for multiple markets.

Bluespec debuted its RISC-V Factory tool suite aimed at helping speed development and verification of a variety of RISC-V based cores, including users’ proprietary cores, third party proprietary cores, and open source cores. It provides an IP management capability that allows users to package, document, and debug, while also delivering software tool chains. Additionally, a development environment for the cores provides application and system software that allows for the addition of hardware accelerators.

Digital Blocks released low-latency, high performance UDP/IP networking Verilog Cores for 50 & 100 GbE networks. The UDP IP Core supports IPv4, ICMP, IGMP, ARP, DHCP, VLAN & Jumbo frames. On the network side, the interface supports Ethernet MACs from Intel/Altera, Xilinx, and Synopsys.

Check out upcoming industry events and conferences: Next year, DesignCon will take place January 28-30 in Santa Clara, CA, with a focus on board and high-speed communications design. Plus, DAC submissions for the Designer and IP Track are open through Jan. 22, 2020; the conference will be co-located with SEMICon West July 19-23, 2020 in San Francisco, CA.

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