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2009-10-21 GlobalFoundries taps Mentor EDA tools
GlobalFoundries chose Mentor Graphics for its physical verification, RET, OPC and mask data preparation solutions.
2008-12-25 Opinion: Are FPGAs running low on EDA tools?
EDA tools for FPGA are not running out of steam, but could certainly benefit from additional energy in under-served areas, and, as with the rest of the EDA industry, will always benefit from incremental improvements to existing tools.
2008-08-01 Multithreading comes undone
EDA vendors have struggled to meet the challenge of multicore IC design by rolling out multithreading capabilities for their tools. Nonetheless, the question cannot be ignored: Is multithreading the best way to exploit multicore systems effectively
2008-06-18 IPL Alliance's 'interoperable' ref flow puts pressure on Cadence
The analog EDA market is suddenly generating a buzz, as a number of forces unite to advance the technology and threaten Cadence's stranglehold. Ciranova, Magma, Synopsys and TSMC are among the members of the IPL alliance with tools to compete with Cadence
2008-05-09 Run practical power network synthesis
Although methodologies for power network synthesis typically assume that design tools can freely size sleep transistors for power gating, this assumption does not hold up for real-world SoC designs where the sleep transistors are commonly designed as custom switch cells of fixed sizes. The method described in this article avoids this unrealistic assumption and introduces the concept of a "fake via" to enable power network synthesis using existing EDA tools
2008-02-12 EDA tools aid in drug development
While the results of applying EDA tools to drug discovery may take awhile, proponents argue that the technology could speed development of new drugs to fight disease
2008-01-24 EDA trio offers UPF-based products
Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys are now delivering low-power EDA tools based on the Accellera-developed Unified Power Format standard, UPF 1.0
2008-01-02 Expanding the DFM market
Apache's acquisition of Optimal is another clear signal that the EDA industry is adapting to provide designers with tools that allow them to work on the entire system, not just parts that have different physical characteristics
2007-10-25 EDA's big three unready for 3D chip packaging
Without design tools to allow exploration and tradeoffs to be made in 3D layouts, engineers are restricted to design in two dimensions and occasionally stack chips crudely. But without a clear market for 3D design EDA vendors are unlikely to offer tools
2007-09-13 Intel Capital invests in Fast-SPICE provider
Nascentric, an EDA firm providing Fast-SPICE simulation and analysis tools, announced that it has closed a $7.2 million Series C financing from its investors, which now include Intel Capital
2007-08-23 Industry heavyweights address EEs in Taiwan
Embedded and test engineers in Taiwan will be treated to an array of seminars on the latest embedded development tools, EDA solutions and test technologies as the 7th ESC-Taiwan and the 15th EDA&T-Taiwan open today at the Taipei International Convention Center
2007-07-26 Indian design center gets $20M in tools from Mentor
Mentor Graphics is donating a complete suite of EDA tools worth over $20 million to RV-VLSI Design Center in India for use in classroom instruction and academic research
2007-07-16 Taiwan shows to dish out new design solutions
If you're hungry for the latest embedded development tools, EDA solutions and test technologies, you may want to feast at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan and 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition, which will gather the world's top vendors, and showcase a smorgasbord of fresh design and test solutions on August 23-24 at the Taipei International Convention Center
2007-07-02 EDA tools add MEMS capability
By integrating its tools with existing EDA tool sets, SoftMEMS claims to be uniquely positioned to enable EEs to co-design electronics-with-MEMS chips from the comfort of their familiar EDA platform
2007-06-18 The intricate dance of cutting power consumption
Key players in the industry are collaborating to deliver low-power solutions that bring more automated EDA tools, smarter IP, standard formats and more power-stingy processes together into true end-to-end solutions. EDA and IP companies have worked within the Accellera standards organization to develop the Unified Power Format (UPF
2007-03-02 Mentor, MathStar to develop FPOA design tools
Programmable logic vendor MathStar Inc. has teamed with EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. to develop design tools for the MathStar's field programmable object array (FPOA) devices
2007-03-01 Asynchronous interconnects need innovative tools
Today's EDA tools lack the ability to describe the more complex constraints used by self-timed circuits. Instead, they remain slanted toward the simpler, synchronous circuits commonly used today
2006-10-26 Need for next-gen EDA tools grows, says report
The entire electronics industry depends on efficiency and innovation of EDA tools, which is becoming even more important with the continuing rise in reduction in ICs from micro-to nanoscale dimensions
2006-10-16 Design Trends and EDA Tools: Asia-Pacific
Over 300 system, IC and PCB design engineers across the Asia-Pacific, including China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and India, participate in the annual survey to reveal the level of design activity and share development experience with EDA tools
2006-10-16 EDA needs productivity, not 'sexy' tech, says exec
EDA needs to shift its focus to providing solutions that emphasize productivity, rather than continuing to focus exclusively on tools aimed at the next technology node
2006-10-02 New tools, scalable methods facilitate SiP design
EDA-software providers must develop new tool functionality and present scalable design methods and flows in SiP
2006-09-18 Cadence CTO mulls over CAD architecture, EDA
Cadence Design Systems Inc. senior VP and CTO, Ted Vucurevich, sat down recently with EE Times' Richard Goering and discussed developments ranging from new CAD architectures to EDA tools for nanotechnology-based systems like labs-on-a-chip
2006-09-01 EDA app shows variants of IC design
DFM tool provider Aprio Technologies Inc. has developed an application extension, Halo-Quest, designed to fit on top of EDA design and analysis tools, and to generate accurate silicon image representation of IC designs for use within design flows
2006-09-01 Restricted design rules challenge DFM
The recent Design Automation Conference made it clear that the EDA industry is counting on DFM for a much-needed boost. But the RDRs that are quietly emerging for 45nm and smaller geometries may reduce the need for some DFM tools and techniques, some observers say
2006-07-25 NEC to enter EDA market with new C-based design tool
NEC began marketing its C-language design tools with an eye on cracking the EDA market
2006-07-17 New tools, solutions at ESC, EDA&T-Taiwan
Cutting-edge technologies and solutions, including the latest embedded development and EDA tools, will take centerstage at the 6th Annual Embedded Systems Conference and the 14th Annual EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference and Exhibition to be held on August 17-18
2006-06-02 Reborn Micro Magic offers EDA, IC design services
The original founders of Micro Magic Inc. decided to restart their company, and they're back in business last month with services and revamped tools
2006-03-16 ESL design tools come up short
ESL and DFM tools need to pack far more capabilities than they do today if they are to represent the EDA industry's best opportunities for growth
2006-01-18 Asynchronous EDA tools coming in Q2, says Silistix
Silistix, a spin-out company from an asynchronous logic research group at the University of Manchester in England, has announced further details of its asynchronous interconnect design tools
2005-12-16 Where are the tools for next node
If you're an EDA tool provider, it would be hard to find a more demanding customer than STMicro's Philippe Magarshack
2005-12-14 IEEE approves SystemC standard
IEEE said it has approved the SystemC electronic design language standard. IEEE standardization may help bring SystemC into more widespread use and pave the way for further support from commercial EDA tools
2005-11-23 Magma partnering with Indian university on EDA training
Magma Design Automation Inc. said Monday (Nov. 21) that its Indian subsidiary has entered into a partnership with one of India's top schools, Anna University, in a push to help increase number of professionals trained on state-of-the-art EDA tools
2005-11-14 Freescale design VP: OpenAccess simplifies chip makers' lives
The promise of OpenAccess is that it will provide EDA users with the best of both worlds, allowing chip makers to employ a hybrid flow of 'best of breed' tools from multiple vendors without huge integration challenges, according to Chekib Akrout, vice president of design technology at Freescale Semiconductor Inc
2005-10-03 Design Trends and EDA Tools: China & Taiwan
IC and PCB design engineers in China and Taiwan reveal the current level of design and share development experience with EDA tools
2005-08-10 Magma to donate EDA tools to Chinese university
Magma Design Automation Inc. has said it plans to donate copies of its Blast series EDA software and provide technical support to Beijing University as part of the creation of an integrated circuit design laboratory
2005-07-18 New growth for EDA's in-house tools
Vertically integrated IC companies with large in-house EDA teams have given way to independent EDA companies offering full tool suites; conditions are changing to reverse this trend
2005-06-15 Design chips the Intel way; on Centrino, says Intel
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
2005-06-14 ESL may rescue EDA, analysts say
Electronic system level (ESL) design tools may return the EDA industry to double-digit growth, according to two Gartner Dataquest analysts
2005-06-13 TSMC releases reference design flow for 65nm processes
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd has released version 6.0 of its reference flow, the sequence of EDA tools that the world's largest foundry recommends for its 65nm manufacturing processes
2005-06-09 TI sticks with Synopsys for 65nm, 45nm nodes
Texas Instruments Inc. has decided to extend its use of design-for-manufacturing EDA tools from Synopsys Inc. to the 65nm manufacturing process node and has selected two Synopsys technology CAD tools for use at the 45nm node, Synopsys said
2005-06-01 OEMs to EDA world: Time to catch up
If the EDA industry provides tools on time, it will continue to be a growing market, says Dataquest analyst
2005-05-17 Philips Semiconductor CTO outlines system-in-package challenges
The next step forward in integration has to address system-in-package (SIP) issues and needs EDA tools with broader scope and greater standardization of approach, according to Rene Penning de Vries, chief technology officer of Philips Semiconductors
2005-05-17 Samsung prepares in-house EDA tools to link design, process
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has chosen to develop two diagnostic EDA tools in-house and it estimated their application would save the company $30 million in development costs each year
2005-04-12 Intel's Singer calls for 'platform-oriented' tools
Calling on the EDA industry to broaden its scope, Intel executive Gadi Singer cited the need for tools that support complete "platforms," including multiple chips and software, in a keynote speech at the Electronic Design Processes (EDP
2005-04-08 EDA development going in-house, analyst says
Citing an ominous warning for EDA vendors, Gary Smith, chief EDA analyst at Gartner Dataquest, said at the International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) here that design teams are increasingly developing their own EDA tools in-house
2005-03-28 Magma launches Indian EDA training effort
Seeking exposure for its EDA tools here, Magma Design Automation's Indian unit has joined the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras
2005-03-10 IBM EDA tools emerge from Europe's Prosyd project
One year after the launch of the Prosyd collaborative research project between IBM Corp., Infineon Technologies AG and STMicroelectronics NV with about 4 million euros (about $5.3 million) of European tax payers' money, the project has helped IBM produce chip design verification tools
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