February 9, 2012

New SystemC reference simulator open for public comment

A reference simulator for the latest version of SystemC is now available for public review and comment, writes Accellera's Dennis Brophy.
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February 8, 2012

ITRS update goes online

The wait is over for the latest edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
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October 20, 2011

Mentor releases third gen Nucleus RTOS

Mentor Graphics’ Nucleus real-time operating system (RTOS) is already used in more than 2.3B handsets worldwide as well as a wide range of other markets and is now available in its third generation version. Key features of this release include: built-in power management that exploits hardware design techniques such as dynamic voltage and frequency scaling; […]

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October 18, 2011

One week to ARM TechCon

ARM’s annual west coast technical conference opens next Tuesday (October 25) and they’ve made some useful tweaks to how the three-day program will be presented. The first day is dedicated to chip design, while Wednesday and Thursday concentrate on software and systems, as well as modules and boards. For me, with ARM, the focus always […]

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August 26, 2011

Calypto acquires Catapult C Synthesis

Just up on the wire services. Here’s the full press release. More on this major story later. Santa Clara, CA, Aug 26. Calypto Design Systems today announced it has acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT). The merger of two market-leading electronic system level (ESL) products, Catapult C Synthesis and Calypto SLEC […]

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August 19, 2011

GlobalFoundries extends Santa Clara GTC deadline

GlobalFoundries has extended the online registration deadline for its Silicon Valley technical conference on August 30th and published the program for the day-long event. You now have until Wednesday (August 24th) to sign up for the Santa Clara Convention Center on the Global Technology Conference (GTC)  site where you will find links to other stops […]

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June 9, 2011

DAC DAY THREE: The need to go beyond ESL

Gadi Singer, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and General Manager, SOC Enabling Group for Intel, provided an excellent keynote on Wednesday at DAC (June 8th) that didn’t so much set out his company’s shopping list as its strategy for the context of tool and methodology development. We’ll take a closer look at many […]

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June 7, 2011

DAC DAY TWO: A high level view of ESL

One of the great conundrums in EDA is the rate of adoption of ESL technologies. Everybody knows why more abstraction is needed. It reflects the needs for simultaneous hardware/software co-design, faster time-to-market, a greater mastery of complexity and speedier verification. To name but four. But while it is happening, the process is arguably proving much […]

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June 6, 2011

DAC DAY ONE: 3D IC flow takes shape

3D IC is already making waves at DAC. At the Gary Smith EDA pre-DAC briefing, Mary Olsson took a conservative view, saying that the technology could be delayed for 5 years, even though many believe it will begin to appear in 2012. She argued that the main challenge the technology faces is the fact that […]

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May 31, 2011

DAC preview: DFM, 3D panels at the Mentor Graphics stand

What’s a blog, if you can’t talk your own book a little. So, here’s a shill for a couple of panel sessions I’ll be moderating on the Mentor Graphics booth at DAC (#1542). And before that turns you off because you’re not able to make it to San Diego, I’ll add that we’re taping both […]

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