Week In Review: System-Level Design

Oct. 21-25: Mentor introduces Type 1 embedded hypervisor; Cadence earnings up; Synopsys adds Ethernet controller IP for data centers.


Mentor Graphics unveiled an embedded hypervisor for automotive infotainment systems. This is a Type 1 hypervisor, meaning it runs next to the metal and below the OS. In contrast, Type 2 hypervisors run above the OS. Mentor’s hypervisor supports multicore processors and ARM’s TrustZone security.

Synopsys rolled out Ethernet controller IP for the data center, focused on energy efficiency and fast throughput.

ARM won a deal with Spreadtrum, which is using ARM’s standard cell, memory compiler and POP IP for 28nm low-power mobile phone SoCs.  ARM also rolled out a new architecture for embedded processors in the automotive and industrial control markets.  And the company reported financial results for Q3. Revenues were $286.7 million, compared with $227.9 million in Q3 2012, an increase of 26%. Earnings per share increased 38%.

Cadence reported strong Q3 earnings. Revenue was $367 million, compared with $339 million in the same period in 2012. On a non-GAAP basis, which takes into account everything from acquisitions to other one-time expenses, net income was $63 million, compared with $59 million in 2012.

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