The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Qualcomm buys Arteris IP assets; ARM study shows 75% of biz leaders actively investigating IoT; Mentor teams with TSMC on ESD checks for IP.


Qualcomm bought some of ArterisIP assets and the bulk of its French design team, but Arteris remains a viable company with a NoC product, customers, and an infrastructure.

ARM released a study, in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, that shows 75% of global business leaders are actively researching opportunities on the Internet of Things. The report says the five barriers for companies increasing the use of the IoT are lack of employee skills, lack of senior management commitment, lack of an obvious tie between products and the IoT, immature standards, and the high cost of investment required for the infrastructure.

Mentor Graphics teamed up with TSMC to do electrical reliability checking for IP. The deal is aimed at identifying potential problems with electrostatic discharge and electrical overstress before chips are manufactured. What used to be afterthoughts are now part of the rule checks as the amount of third-party and re-used IP in designs continues to climb.

Cadence uncorked a testbench analysis tool for interconnects throughout the ARM-based SoC design process.

In a similar move, Synopsys extended its own exploration tools for ARM’s AMBA 4 Interconnect-based multicore SoCs to identify performance bottlenecks. Synopsys also rolled out verification IP for ARM’s Coherent Hub Interface.

ARM made a number of announcements at this week’s TechCon 2013. The company rolled out a suite of graphics processing technologies, boosting energy and efficiency by about 400% over a previous generation.  ARM also won a deal with Connexion for its Sensinode software for the Internet of Things. And the company launched an interactive, online platform to foster collaboration across its ecosystem.

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