The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Si2 introduces Open Process Spec 1.1; ARM wins first subscription license deal in China; Intel research shows old PCs reduce productivity; Imagination updates graphics SDK; CEVA wins China deal.

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Si2’s OpenPDK rolled out its Open Process Specification 1.1, including elements necessary to automatically create a process design kit using any EDA vendor’s design flow. The standard uses formal grammar based on the XML Schema Definition.

ARM won a deal with Rockchip, which is extending its license to a number of ARM processors as well as its GPU and interconnect technology. This marks the first subscription license for ARM in China.

Intel’s research shows that older PCs actually reduce employee productivity and raise maintenance costs. They also pose security risks.

Imagination Technologies updated its graphics software development kit, adding 3D textures and real-time reflections and refractions. It also adds OpenCL support and API timing.

CEVA won a deal with China’s Spreadtrum Communications, which will use CEVA’s DSP architecture in its next-gen smartphone SoCs for audio and voice processing.