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Embedded systems, tools and engineers meet in Taiwan

Posted: 09 Jul 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded design automation? embedded systems conference? test and verification? microelectronics? transistor?

Engineers that produce more than a quarter of worldwide chip designs will come to the Embedded Design Automation and Test Exhibit (EDA&T) and Embedded Systems Conference on July 28 and 29 in Hsinchu, Taiwan to learn new technologies in IP development, low-power microelectronics, embedded systems, tools, test and verification, among others.

Apart from revenue growth, Taiwan is embarking on an era of dramatic change in design complexity - a shift toward 0.25?m and 0.18?m designs. This growing complexity is leading to increased design iterations and demand for more sophisticated technologies.

Over the past few years, low-power microelectronics has rapidly evolved from a niche requirement to the mainstream. The increased packing density of transistors and clock frequencies of CMOS microchips pushed heat removal and power distribution to the forefront of issues confronting the advance of microelectronics.

Virage Logic Corp. will look into the increasing operating clock frequencies that have outpaced the scaling of process geometries and supply voltages in SoC designs. It will address how system developers are looking for semiconductor IP platform solutions that will eliminate the gaps between low-power and high-performance requirements, and just what types of solutions are available today.

Meanwhile, Wipro Technologies will teach engineers a solution that addresses the bandwidth and QoS challenges associated with wireless multimedia streaming, and at the same time maintaining interoperability with other standards-based solutions. Wipro's offerings include key WLAN IPs, multimedia IPs, wireline IPs, reference board and an SoC platform. It claims that its RISC-plus-DSP-based SoC platform is flexible to accommodate various IPs.

The 32-bit MCU market is also expected to grow from $3 billion in 2003 to about $7.2 billion by 2008, driven by applications such as Internet communication protocols, high-speed peripherals and RTOSes. Philips Semiconductor will present techniques to attain optimal performance level that it says will be specifically useful to Asian designers.

Innovative tests

Convergence is another trend in the industry that will be discussed in the events. Testing converged devices requires synchronized generation and acquisition of analog and digital test signals and sophisticated software for measurement and analysis. In this session, National Instruments will show a platform ideal for rapidly prototyping and testing any embedded electronics design from design to manufacturing.

Agilent Technologies, on the other hand, will introduce an "FPGA dynamic probe," which the company claims is the world's first logic analyzer FPGA application. The product allows switching between groups of internal FPGA nets in seconds without having to change the design to route out new signals.

No longer solely focused on the PC industry, Taiwan has become a major high-end design center in Asia. To remain a key player in the chip industry, engineers must constantly improve their skills and be aware of new technologies.

Hence, the two-day EDA&T and ESC events are most effective in bringing Taiwan's developer community to the decision makers and innovative vendors around the globe.

- By Denice Obina

Electronics Engineering Times - Asia

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