The Week In Review: System-Level Design

Synopsys nears $2B mark; Mentor rolls out embedded software tools; Real Intent adds new version of constraint management tool; Apple’s mystery buys.


Synopsys is closing in on the $2 billion mark, which would set a new record in EDA. The company posted strong financial results for its fiscal Q4 and fiscal 2013. For its fiscal year, revenue was $1.962 billion, up 11.7% from $1.756 billion in fiscal 2012. Net income for the year was $247.8 million, up from $182.4 million. For the most recent quarter, revenue was $504.9 million, up from $454.2 million in the same period in 2012. Net income was $56.9 million, up from $29.1 million. Revenue target for next year: $2.06 billion.

Mentor Graphics rolled out a new version of its embedded software development tools, with faster compilers, better debugging and improved runtime performance.

Real Intent introduced a new version of its automated design constraint management tool, including better performance, mixed-language support, processing and selection of design files and riches support for SDC naming schemes used by different synthesis tools. The company also announced that it achieved 60% year-over-year growth for its fiscal year ended Oct. 31, with more than 35% of sales from new customers.

ARM rolled out a compiler qualification kit to help developers achieve certification for safety applications. Included in the kit are a safety manual, defect report, test report and development process document. These certifications are essential for industrial control, automotive, railway and medical applications.

What is Apple up to? The company bought Topsy Labs, which data mines tweets, and Primesense, which makes 3D sensors. Keep an eye on future acquisitions, because this looks like just the first pieces in the puzzle.

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