Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Synopsys buys data analytics company; thermal monitoring; DFT static sign-off.


Synopsys acquired Qualtera, a provider of big data analytics for semiconductor test and manufacturing. Based in Montpellier, France and founded in 2010, Qualtera’s Silicondash platform provides both off-line and in-line modules for data analytics, visualization, simulation, and modeling to allow for development of control strategies. Combined with Synopsys’ TestMAX test automation solution, the company says the acquisition will create a post-silicon optimization solution that is key to maximizing efficiencies from design to device shipment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tools & IP
Moortec added to its embedded monitoring portfolio with a Distributed Thermal Sensor (DTS) on TSMC N5 process technology. DTS offers a 7x area reduction compared to some other in-chip thermal sensors and supports high accuracy measurement across a wide temperature range at enhanced conversion speeds.

Real Intent debuted Verix DFT, a multimode, high capacity, DFT static sign-off tool. The tool is capable of analyzing multiple ATPG partitions and multiple constraint sets in a single run and includes high coverage rule sets, fine-grained rules, rules configurability by test mode, tiered violation reports, root cause analysis, and fault coverage estimation.

Silex Insight uncorked a 1.5Tb MACsec (Media Access Control security) engine. It uses a highly pipelined structure to allow for very high frequencies, even when using very wide data paths. It implements the latest IEEE 802.1AE specification to provide connectionless data integrity, data origin authenticity and confidentiality on OSI layer 2.

Electro Magnetic Applications and Ansys are teaming up on an enhanced design-to-validation workflow for certifying cable harness models in aircraft and automobiles. The Ansys EMA3D Cable platform-level EMC cable modeling solution aims to reduce electromagnetic interference risk, development cost, and need for physical prototyping.

Synopsys released the latest version of its LucidShape CAA V5 Based software for automotive lighting design, adding two new modules that provide geometry creation tools, the ability to conceptualize and design freeform reflectors and lenses, physics-based photorealistic visualization, and ease-of-use improvements for creating design variations.

Efinix used Cadence’s digital full flow solution in developing its Trion family of FPGAs, which target edge compute, AI/ML and vision processing applications for the mobile, industrial, and surveillance markets. Efinix noted first-pass success across a spectrum of nodes down to 10nm and plans to continue using the Cadence flow for further Trion products.

Many conferences have now been cancelled, postposed, or moved online. Find out what’s happening with each at our events page. How about checking out a webinar instead?

The ESD Alliance will host its 2020 CEO Outlook as a virtual event on June 17 at 10:30 a.m. PST. This year’s panel features Arm’s Simon Segars, Joseph Sawicki of Mentor, OneSpin’s Raik Brinkmann, John Kibarian from PDF Solutions, Prakash Narain of Real Intent, and Silvaco’s Babak Taheri. The panelists will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, along with major new trends and potential opportunities.

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