EDA Unplugged 2003


Kayvan Oboudiyat, CEO of Altium, is quoted: “We see China as a very important market because their electronics design market is rapidly growing - in both sophistication and size - it is fast becoming an important global center for electronics design. However, to keep up with demand and remain internationally competitive, engineers in China need access to powerful and professional design tools at affordable prices that enable them to take advantage of the latest design technologies. In order to serve this need, we decided to actively restructure our reseller network in China and establish relationships that provide increased support for both our resellers and customers based in China.”

Applied Wave Research, Inc. (AWR) and the SoC Technology Center of Industrial Technology Research Institute (STC/ITRI), a non-profit research and development organization, announced a partnership whereby AWR will provide radio frequency (RF) EDA tools and services to a new SoC design center in Taiwan, the Nankang SoC Design Park. The company says it is the only RF EDA vendor selected for participation in the design center in the initial stage, which will be used by new fabless design houses in Taiwan.

Alan Su, ITRI Technical Manager of IP technology and design automation at the Nankang SoC Design Park, is quoted in the Press Release: “Sophisticated RF tools and flow are needed to complete large, complex mixed-signal SoCs and to ensure the design will work before it gets into fabrication. AWR products are specifically architected and optimized from the ground up to extend the range of possible analog and RF design solutions to meet this challenge.”

Also from AWR - The company announced that NTT Advanced Technology Corp. (NTT-AT) will provide AWR products and support to electronic systems and IC designers in Japan. NTT-AT was founded in 1979 as a subsidiary of NTT, which is described as the largest telecommunications service provider in Japan. Ron Patston, Vice President of Asia Pacific operations for AWR, is quoted: “The agreement with NTT-AT complements AWR's existing distribution partnership with Cybernet Systems. Cybernet will focus on the RF and microwave market with Microwave Office design suite while NTT-AT will broaden AWR's presence by providing IC and communications system design software.”

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that the CVR College of Engineering's Center for Excellence in VLSI design, Andhra Pradesh, India, will receive the company's VLSI design software through CVR's University Software Program. Per the Press Release: “The Center will have industry-standard state-of-art VLSI EDA tools. Cadence is also providing a ready-to-deploy semester-long curriculum on the digital implementation flow for SoC designs, supported by the 'Train the Trainer' program, in which Cadence application engineers train faculty on Cadence tools. In addition to instructing CVR students, the Center will train the faculty of other engineering colleges via short-term/certificate courses. This will enable the students of CVR to be readily absorbed by the VLSI design industry due to the fact that they are exposed to the latest industry-leading EDA tools.”

Himanshu Singh, Executive Director, India & SAARC Countries, Cadence Design Systems Pvt. Ltd., is also quoted: “Through our University Software Program, Cadence continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing the quality and quantity of electrical engineers in India. Our engagement with CVR further emphasizes this, and it will benefit the Indian electronic design industry by enhancing the pool of VLSI design engineers.”

Elliptic Semiconductor announced that Microtek has become a member of the Elliptic Alliance Partner Program (EAPP), and that as a member of the program, Microtek will distribute and support Elliptic's security and protocol processors in Japan through its professional sales and applications engineering staff. Microtek has offices in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, and distributes AMD, SST, Intersil (now Conexant) and Dallas Semiconductor (now Maxim) products in Japan. Sadao Honda, Board of Director for Marketing of Microtek, is quoted in the Press Release: “Elliptic Semiconductor offers extremely valuable and timely semiconductor IP products that are ideally suited for Japanese customers. We are pleased to introduce our new semiconductor IP distribution business with these products and a company of Elliptic's reputation and capabilities.”

Giga Scale Integration Corp. (Giga Scale IC) announced that Virage Logic Corp. will deploy Time Architect throughout its sales and field support organization. The companies say this will improve Virage Logic's selling model by enabling its sales force to advise customers early in the design process. The companies also say that Virage Logic's sales and applications engineering groups will learn how to use Time Architect through automated, online training available from Giga Scale IC. Giga Scale IC says it will provides technical support during sales engagements and that it will sell full Time Architect models of Virage Logic's semiconductor IP platforms with Time Architect to Virage Logic licensees - these models will be bundled together with additional IP and the Time Architect software.

Raj Singh, Vice President of Sales at Virage Logic, is quoted: “Using Time Architect, our sales team will be able to help customers estimate their entire chip and the overall benefits of Virage Logic's semiconductor IP platform offering in the context of a full system-on-chip design. In addition, Time Architect can be used to determine how to best leverage Virage Logic's Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory System to dramatically increase yield, saving millions over a production run of a sophisticated consumer electronics chip. Customers can then decide which memories and libraries provide the best economic value.”

InTime Software Inc. announced that it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Cupertino, CA, to Sunnyvale, CA, and that the new headquarters will accommodate the company's growing team. Robert Smith, InTime's President and CEO, is quoted in the Press Release: “Demand for Time Director is driving the need to expand the team and the move to a more modern and centrally located facility. This demand confirms our view that the electronics industry is rebounding. More important, it confirms that we've created a product that's helping to accelerate this rebound.”

Open Core Protocol International (OCP-IP) happily reports that the organization is now two-years old and that more than 1,000 copies of the specification have been shipped. The association provides a common standard for IP core interfaces - sockets - that facilitate plug-and-play SoC design. OCP-IP says it has doubled its membership roster in the past year, including Alcatel, Amphion, Beach Solutions, Cadence, CoWare, Hughes, LSI Logic, Micronas, TNI-Valiosys, eInfochips, Imagination Technologies, STMicroelectronics, TSMC, U.C. Berkeley, University of British Columbia, Tampere University of Technology in Finland, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and the Taiwan Science Council. Additionally, OCP-IP announced that Summit Design has now joined as the organization's newest member.

Ian Mackintosh, President of OCP-IP is quoted: “Despite a difficult economic climate, OCP-IP has seen its membership base expand rapidly during its brief two year history because it offers tremendous ROI to members through the availability of free tools, training and technical support necessary to quickly make IP cores OCP-compliant and ready for rapid SoC integration with other third-party IP.”

ReShape, Inc. announced that Michael Faust has been appointed Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He will report directly to Jim Douglas, ReShape President and CEO. Faust has 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industries. Before joining ReShape, he was with Cadence Design Systems, where he received the 2002 "Big Bang Award," the company's top worldwide sales award. Prior to Cadence, Faust was with VeriBest, Inc. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. He has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BSEE from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

RF Engines Ltd. was named "Start Up Company of the Year" in the 2003 European Electronics Industry Awards. Per the Press Release: “2004 has now got off to a flying start [as well] with the announcement of two more contracts. The first is with one of the leading defense companies in Turkey. For commercial reasons, details of the customer and the specific application are not available for publication. However, what can be revealed is that RFEL is supplying a design from its Vectis 'Quadspeed' range of high performance Radix 2 pipelined FFT signal processing designs, this particular design having a 400Ms/s sample rate complex input, and is to be used for a surveillance application. The RFEL Vectis pipelined FFT design range are relevant where high sample rate real-time processing is demanded, and are particularly relevant for design into electronic warfare, radar, sonar, surveillance and communication systems.”

Tharas Systems, Inc. announced that it has received $4 million in a round of funding led by NeoCarta Ventures , with Synopsys and current investors participating. Tharas says it plans to use the proceeds for development of its next-generation Hammer product, and to expand its worldwide sales and support channels. Andre Turenne, Managing Director of NeoCarta Ventures, is quoted in the Press Release: “We are very excited about investing in Tharas Systems. Tharas' ground-breaking hardware accelerator is rapidly gaining market acceptance. We see Tharas re-defining the market with its new generation of acceleration solutions.” Turenne will join current board members, Prabhu Goel, Raj Singh, N. Damodar Reddy, Tharas CEO Rahm Shastry, and Tharas CTO and co-founder Subbu Ganesan on the company's Board of Directors.

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