The Week In Review: June 21

Mentor rolls out emulation-ready VIP; Synopsys adds tool for verifying ECOs; Atrenta cuts deals in Israel; Dassault intros tool for co-design to target; Real Intent enhances CDC analysis tool.


By Ed Sperling
Mentor Graphics rolled out emulation-ready verification IP for MIPI camera and display-based protocols. The VIP enables stimuli generated by UVM and SystemC-based environments and applies them to a design under test (DUT) running in the emulator.

Synopsys introduced a tool for implementing and verifying functional engineering change orders, including matching, visualization and verification that it claims is twice as fast as previous approaches.

Atrenta unveiled an alliance program with design service providers in Israel, which will collaborate with Atrenta to develop Spyglass expertise as part of their own offerings. Israel’s software and tools market is becoming much more important, and it is home to a number of EDA startups.

Dassault Systemes unveiled its “co-design to target” experience for the aerospace and defense industry. The targets in this case are budget, schedule and specification for complex systems.

Real Intent uncorked a new version of its clock domain crossing analysis tool, with improved speed, analysis and SystemVerilog support. Included in the new release is a hierarchical flow that supports partitioned analysis without waivers, and a new correct-by-configuration design setup to improve analysis and make signoff easier.

Global semiconductor inventories fell in Q1, according to IHS, spurred by rising electronics demand. Inventory dropped to $37.6 billion from $38.4 billion in the fourth quarter, a 4.6% decline. The research house attributed the positive outlook to growth projections for developing economies in the second half of this year.

Likewise, IDC predicts that China’s smartphone shipments will grow 6% year over year, following a 15% uptick in mobile phone shipments in Q1 compared with the same period in 2012. The total number of phones shipped last quarter was 97 million units.

GlobalFoundries took the wraps off its collaboration with China’s Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., which is using GlobalFoundries’ 28nm high-k/metal gate process for tablet SoCs based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 processors. The chips began sampling early this year.

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