Peggy Aycinena is a freelance journalist and Editor of EDA Confidential at www.aycinena.com. She can be reached at peggy at aycinena dot com.
DAC 2013: IP news in advance of Austin
May 30th, 2013 by Peggy Aycinena
** IPextreme announced it will collaborate with its Constellations program members and other key players in the semiconductor IP ecosystem to host the Stars of IP Party on June 4th, an event coinciding with DAC 2013 in Austin, Texas. The company says Stars of IP celebrates “all things semiconductor IP” and seeks to build relationships among IP provider companies and customers, thereby strengthening the ecosystem. Co-hosting with IPextreme are Atrenta, CAST, Certus Semiconductor, Recore Systems, Sonics, Synopsys, and True Circuits.
The Cosmic Circuits team will report to Martin Lund, Cadence’s senior vice president of research and development, SoC Realization Group. The completion of this transaction further expands Cadence’s IP portfolio, strengthening its solutions to address mobile, cloud/datacenter and Internet-of-things market opportunities.
Per the Press Release: The H.264 video encoder cores available from CAST have always allowed a designer to regulate latency down to a few frames through a sophisticated rate control algorithm. The intra-only versions of these encoders can now go further, giving designers the ability to regulate latency at a deep sub-frame level. This enables latencies under 20ms for 30 frames per second video, and under 10ms for 60fps.
Brett Cline, VP of Marketing and Sales at Forte, is quoted in the Press Release: “CircuitSutra’s mission to help semiconductor companies and electronics systems companies adopt SystemC-based ESL methodologies neatly corresponds to Forte’s mission. India offers tremendous opportunity to expand SystemC HLS usage and we believe CircuitSutra will play a big role in this effort.”
Umesh Sisodia, CEO at CircuitSutra, is also quoted: “Forte’s continued focus on SystemC-based HLS is impressive, as is its commitment to support and service. The ESL IP that we will co-develop will help mutual customers to quick start their HLS-based design projects.”
S.C. Chien, VP of Customer Engineering & IP Development & Design Support at UMC, is quoted in the Press Release: “To ensure our customers have access to not only UMC’s eFlash, eE2PROM, eMTP, eOTP and eFuse, but also the best third-party non-volatile memory IP at the 28nm node, we are happy to continue our partnership with Kilopass to ensure that their variety of anti-fuse NVM IP offerings is available on our 28nm process family.”
Charlie Cheng, President & CEO of Kilopass, is also quoted: “Enablement of our NVM IP offerings on UMC’s major 28nm node provides an expanded IP portfolio in advanced process nodes that UMC can offer its customers. And it broadens Kilopass’ reach into mobile device SoCs and consumer electronics SoCs where UMC’s 28nm processes have a growing presence and expanding market share.”
“Close interaction between system processors, on-chip networks, and the attached IP subsystems and cores are important to minimizing overall system power. The ability to keep cores switched off for much longer periods of time, along with the ability to turn devices on and off much more rapidly, will enable significant power savings over current solutions.”
Grant Pierce, Sonics CEO, is quoted in the Press Release: “This agreement with ARM demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make SoC design easier for our customers. Working in partnership with ARM, Sonics will continue to deliver innovative solutions that address some of today’s most difficult challenges when building advanced SoCs. We welcome our enhanced relationship with ARM and look forward to providing products in support of the company’s large ecosystem.”
The ARC EM Starter Kit includes a base board and daughter card. The daughter card features a Xilinx Spartan-6 LX45 FPGA, an on-board 125 MHz clock generator, 128 MB of DDR3 memory and 16 MB of flash memory. The flash memory supports the storage of application software and contains four pre-installed ARC EM processor core bit files that can be selected with a DIP switch. The base board allows multiple connectivity and configurable I/O options, making it easy to add circuitry and build subsystems around the EM processors. Quick system configuration enables software development prior to final SoC hardware availability.
Michael Mo, senior director of product marketing at Amlogic, offered testimonial in the Press Release: “The combination of high performance, low power and small footprint of the DesignWare ARC EM4 processor made it ideally suited for our connectivity products Synopsys’ ARC EM Starter Kit offers a low-cost hardware platform that enables designers to quickly explore attributes of the EM cores and get an early start on the development of features that will differentiate their ARC-based designs.”
Tags: Alma Technologies, ARM, Atrenta, Brett Cline, Cadence Design Systems, CAST, Certus Semiconductor, Charlie Cheng, CircuitSutra, Constellations, Cosmic Circuits, DAC 2013, Forte Design Systems, Grant Pierce, IPextreme, Kilopass Technology, Martin Lund, Michael Mo, Recore Systems, S.C. Chien, Sonics, Synopsys, True Circuits, UMC, Umesh Sisodia