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Design chips the Intel way; on Centrino, says Intel

Posted: 15 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eda tool? wireless lan? mobile computer?

Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and Synopsys Inc. have announced a collaboration to bring EDA tools onto Centrino-based wireless LAN capable mobile computers, aimed at increasing the productivity and flexibility of design engineers. Intel claimed it is already pursuing the approach and seeing a 10 percent improvement in engineer productivity.

Under the terms of the agreement Synopsys plans to perform a technology and market assessment of so-called "mobile-aware" design applications with selected customers and with support from Intel and IBM. If the assessment is positive Synopsys has agreed to introduce EDA applications tuned for laptop and notebook computers based on the Intel Centrino processor platform, Intel said.

All three companies are offering demonstrations related to the mobile initiative at the Design Automation Conference. IBM is showing a combination of the Intel Centrino and IBM ThinkPad notebooks running Synopsys and IBM EDA tools, Intel said.

No comment was made about issues of design security.

"With mobile-aware EDA applications, engineers will be able to design and collaborate virtually anywhere while away from their offices," said Guru Bhatia, IT engineering computing director, Intel Corp., in a statement. "Intel developers are currently using Intel Centrino mobile technology-based platforms for engineering and product development. An Intel pilot study shows more than a 10 percent productivity increase for design engineers on Intel Centrino mobile technology-based workstations in connected mode alone, and estimates higher productivity with connected and unconnected modes when all EDA applications are made mobile aware," he added.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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