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June 23, 2011

Freescale Technology Forum 2011 – QorIQ AMP, strategy and software (and that’s just for starters)

As the 2011 Freescale Technology Forum wraps today in San Antonio, Texas, here are a few of my initial takeaways. They’re nowhere near comprehensive – it’s a huge (and hugely informative) event with 2,300 attendees and 350 hours of technical presentations. We’ll need to take another look at the conference in the next print Tech […]

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June 22, 2011

Mentor adds support for latest Freescale QorIQ

Mentor Graphics has extended its Embedded Linux Platform to support Freescale Semiconductor’s new AMP series of QorIQ multicore processors. The QorIQ AMP (for ‘advanced multi-processing) series features a new multi-threaded 64bit Power Architecture e6500 core with enhanced acceleration, co-processing and new power management capabilities. The first device, T4240, has 12 dual-threaded cores for high-end dataplane […]

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June 17, 2011

Tech Design Forum heads for Seoul this fall

The Asia series of 2011 Tech Design Forum events has just added a September 2nd stop in Seoul, South Korea. The day long event will focus primarily on IC design with additional sessions on functional verification. We’ll publish full venue and registration details on our event page shortly. In the meantime, the overview abstracts for […]

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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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May 31, 2011

First, post-Moore. Now, post-Wintel

ARM—and its chipvendor partners—have rattled Intel. We’ve known that for a while, but Intel’s twitchiness over its competitor reached a new high at its analyst meeting last month. The vehicle for that was Microsoft’s decision to create versions of Windows 8 that will run on ARM-based systems as well as Intel’s and those from AMD, […]

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May 31, 2011

DAC previews: WACI and bio-design automation

That age-old issue of ‘space consideration’ prevented me from highlighting a few other interesting parts of the DAC 2011 program in this month’s print issue, so I’ll try and pick some out of the necessary omissions as the conference begins on Sunday (June 5) in San Diego. The Wild and Crazy Ideas (WACI) session is […]

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May 31, 2011

Cybersecurity goes back on the agenda.

A few weeks ago, the White House released its International Strategy for Cyberspace . To a technical audience, it’s a pretty thin document. But that’s fair enough – it’s intended for consumption by politicians, diplomats and policy wonks, not technologists. However, the strategy does make it pretty clear that the private sector has a big […]

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