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JasonTech gives tech support to Microcosm in South Korea

Posted: 01 Mar 2001 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mems? cad? dials? soc? ip?

Microcosm Technologies Inc., a provider of MEMS CAD/simulation tools and professional services, is setting up a design house in South Korea with JasonTech Inc. providing the necessary technical support. Jai-Seong Ryu, president of JasonTech, said "We are seeking more partners from the United States and Europe in search of new technologies. Design automation software is passing through a challenging phase, and concerted efforts are required to face these challenges."

Describing the challenges, Ryu said that the latest trend of putting SoC has created a great challenge for eda companies. "Earlier we used to put a chip on board," he explains. "Most EDA tools were designed for this technology. Now an entire system is put on a chip. So EDA solutions have become difficult."

JasonTech develops and provides support and consulting services for educational and industrial software products. Among its latest products is DiALS (Digital and Analog Optical Links simulator), developed in association with the Korean University. DiALS is a user-friendly optical transmission performance simulator capable of predicting transmission performance of digital and analog optical links based on experimentally confirmed optical component models, and characteristics of optical devices and components with physical and material parameters.

Another imminent challenge arises as technology goes into the deep sub-micron region, i.e., below 0.25?m. "EDA companies are not ready for the deep sub-micron region, even though some companies claim they are," said Ryu. "The present generation of EDA tools can handle only some aspects of design problems at deep sub-micron region. EDA companies are trying to find a solution."

Yet Ryu said another challenge is "the integration issue." Explains Myung-Geun Cheon, general manager of the company's EDA division, "Integration means providing a turnkey solution to all the problems. An essential aspect is integrating existing products to new ones. With rapid obsolescence of technologies, new products are unique in nature and their integration becomes difficult. New languages are being evolved to address this problem. But who has the time to learn new languages all the time? Standardization of high-speed hardware description language will best address this problem."

According to Ryu, EDA is moving towards Internet protocol, which is the most distinct trend in the EDA industry.

? Kirtimaya Varma

Electronic Engineering Times ? Asia

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