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    by Published on 10-15-2014 08:00 AM
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    Just a couple of days ago I read a curious press release.
    Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT), today announced that a Portland, Oregon jury delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor in a trial in which Mentor asserted infringement of
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    by Published on 09-30-2014 05:00 AM
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    When I upgraded cars from a 1988 to 1998 Acura it seemed like my car had become much smarter with a security chip in the key, security codes in the radio and a connector for computer diagnosis, however in today's modern auto there's a lot more mixed-signal design content. Micronas and Synopsys got together and hosted a webinar two months ago, "Advanced Mixed-Signal Design and Verification of Smartcar ICs", so I watched it today.


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    by Published on 09-26-2014 02:00 PM
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    Verification spans a number of different technologies, from virtual platforms, RTL simulation, formal techniques, emulation and FPGA prototyping. Going back a few years, most of these technologies came from separate companies and one effect ...
    by Published on 09-24-2014 05:00 AM
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    Every development team has been through this challenge: finding a tool that looks fantastic, then heading off to the manager one or two levels up who has enough signature authority for the purchase order. Signatures for amounts reading more than a couple of trailing zeros on POs are rarely free, or painless. ...
    by Published on 09-23-2014 07:59 AM
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    Whoever has said that history never repeats itself should read this recent PR from AMD! The news can be summarized in three points:

    • Multi-year agreement gives AMD access to a range of Synopsys design IP including interface,
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    by Published on 09-04-2014 05:01 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
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    Synopsys have been gradually broadening their portfolio of verification IP (VIP). It is 100% native SystemVerilog with native debug using Verdi (that was acquired from SpringSoft last year, now fully integrated into Verification Compiler). It has native performance with VCS. Going ...
    by Published on 08-24-2014 05:00 AM
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    Planar CMOS processes have been offered for decades now, and all the way down through the 28nm node it has been riding the benefits of Moore's Law. A few years back we started hearing from Intel about TriGate (aka FinFET) starting at the 22nm node as a way to use a more 3D processing approach for transistors instead of planar CMOS. So ever since then the foundries and IDMs have been jockeying for position on FinFET technology.

    Should your next SoC design use a FinFET process? It all depends on what your product requirements are, and which libraries are available to implement ...
    by Published on 08-23-2014 10:03 AM
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    Motion sensors are also commonly applied in a broad range of consumer products, including smartphones, wearable devices, game controllers and sports watches, with applications ranging from screen orientation to indoor navigation. If you desire to build an Inertial Measurement ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 10:00 AM
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    The perfect quarterly results are to slightly beat the consensus for earnings and profit, and not say anything negative about guidance for the upcoming quarter. Synopsys delivered all that with their latest quarter yesterday. Revenue was $521M versus $483M last year, giving solid growth ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 03:00 PM
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    Sometimes a standard is a victim of its own success, at least for a while as the economics catch up to the technology. When a standard like USB 3.0 is announced, with a substantial performance increase over USB 2.0, some of the use cases come on board right away. Others, where vendors enjoy a decent ROI with good-enough performance, take longer to embark.


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