EDA Week in Review

Magma Design Automation Inc. launched Blast Prototype, a silicon virtual prototyping (SVP) solution that aims to accurately estimates silicon-level performance at the RTL level. Blast Prototype enables logic designers to analyze and improve the quality of the RTL they hand off to the downstream tool, which results in a predictable path to timing closure and a shorter design cycle, the company said. Integrating Magma's gain-based synthesis, SuperCells, abstracted physical synthesis, timing analysis and hierarchical design capabilities, Blast Prototype generates highly accurate prototypes and allows extensive design exploration to eliminate costly and time-consuming design iterations, the company explained. Magma also reported this week that more than 100 designs have been taped out using Magma products by ASIC manufacturers, semiconductor foundries and integrated device manufacturers. Among the companies completing these first 100 tape-outs are Agere Systems, Broadcom, Fujitsu, Imagination Technologies, Infineon, Matsushita, NEC, Texas Instruments and Vitesse Semiconductor.

Antrim Design Systems, Inc. launched its OmniSim simulator for high-performance analog and mixed-signal designs, which is a multiple-solver solution that applies the optimum simulation algorithms to different portions of the circuit for the highest performance without compromising accuracy. Antrim OmniSim has a single simulation time clock and integrated event scheduler combining Antrim's SPICE and Verilog-AMS solvers. Working with Synopsys, Inc., Antrim Design Systems linked the OmniSim simulator to the VCS simulator using the VCS DirectAMS interface available in VCS 6.2. VCS DirectAMS is a user-transparent platform that enables VCS to read designs described in Verilog, Verilog-AMS, or Verilog-AMS combined with SPICE.

Accelerated Technology, the embedded systems division of Mentor Graphics announced that the code|lab Embedded Developer Suite for Hitachi's family of SuperH RISC processors, is now shipping. Support for the SuperH family includes code|lab EDE, an embedded development environment, and code|lab Debug, a multitasking debugger, with the KMC GNU C/C++ compiler and Partner-J connection device. The code|lab family of development tools from Accelerated Technology is a comprehensive set of software and hardware components that provides developers with a complete out-of-the-box embedded development environment. Each specific code|lab configuration works off-the-shelf, enabling designers to take full advantage of these widely used processors, each of which is optimized for specific applications.

Avant! Corp. announced that SuperH, Inc., an independent company that develops and licenses 32-bit and 64-bit RISC microprocessor cores, has chosen the SinglePass-SoC design solution to implement its latest generation core, the SH-5, and future cores.

SuperH said it develops and licenses cores to the open market, making it easier for customers worldwide to create powerful, cost-effective SoC embedded microprocessor designs. Its 32- and 64-bit processor core families are ideally suited for applications covering digital consumer, automotive, telecommunications, telecoms, and many other products.

Artisan Components, Inc. delivered early access libraries to Korea's pure play foundry Dongbu Electronics Co., Ltd. optimized for its 0.18-micron CMOS process. Artisan's SAGE-X Standard Cell Library, dual-port SRAM and diffusion programmable ROM generators will be made available to selected Dongbu customers. Fully compliant with Dongbu's foundry-compatible 0.18-micron design rules, the delivered libraries are characterized using Dongbu's latest electrical models and include support for Artisan's extensive set of views and models of the industry's leading EDA tools. Artisan expects to deliver to Dongbu its single-port SRAM generator and I/O library before or during June and September 2002, respectively.

Additionally, as part of its free library program, Artisan expects to distribute a suite of products optimized for Dongbu's 0.18-micron CMOS process to licensed customers from Artisan's web site beginning in 3Q02.

Synopsys, Inc. said that STMicroelectronics has officially endorsed Synopsys' VCS Verilog simulator for ASIC sign-off. STMicroelectronics certified VCS for sign-off simulation of Verilog designs based on its 0.18-micron SoC technology (HCMOS8).

Mentor Graphics has teamed with TransEDA to provides Mentor Consulting with access to TransEDA's coverage analysis and HDL checking tools. Part of Mentor's expanded focus on consulting for functional verification, this agreement allows its consultants to build on their expertise and develop and test new flows and methodologies that are deployed for Mentor's customers the companies said.

Mentor Consulting also partners with TransEDA in the area of IP qualification. Mentor Consulting will integrate tools from TransEDA into its IP qualification services. These services offer customers a comprehensive solution for measuring IP quality based on industry standards and best practices.

Avnet Design Services (the technical arm of Avnet Electronics Marketing) and Xilinx Inc. announced new evaluation kits for Xilinx Spartan-IIE FPGAs and Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs.. The Spartan-IIE evaluation kit is a demonstration platform that shows the capabilities of this new family of devices in embedded processing and digital convergence applications and is used to evaluate various design approaches, and begin immediate development to help speed time to market. The Virtex-II development kit is a robust hardware platform that includes a high-capacity Virtex-II XC2V1500 or XC2V4000 FPGA, DDR-SDRAM memory, Flash memory, a PCI/PCI-X bus, and several Avnet Vertical expansion Bus connectors to provide all the components needed to quickly and easily create a complete system application.

Circuit Semantics Inc. (CSI) appointed Kevin Hall to its board of directors. With over twenty years of experience in the EDA industry and 15 years in high tech venture capital, Hall brings in-depth industry knowledge and business acumen that will help guide the company through its next stages of growth, the company said. Hall, also a partner with Norwest Venture Partners, has chosen to invest in CSI through his private investment fund, Crescent Venture Investors. Hall has an excellent record of successful investing in the field of information technology, focusing primarily on software, communications, and semiconductors. Since 1993, he has been a partner with Norwest Venture Partners. Before Norwest, he spent five years as a principal with Brentwood Venture Capital. Hall also has operating experience as a marketing director and engineer at Valid Logic, GE Calma, and Intersil Semiconductor. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and M.S. and B.S. degrees with highest distinction in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

InTime Software became a member of the Cadence Connections Program, a third-party software program offered by Cadence Design Systems, Inc. The membership will allow a tight level of interoperability between Cadence and InTime EDA products. The new relationship between the two companies will ensure that customers of Cadence and InTime will have integrated design flows for the most complex ASIC, ASSP and SoC designs, the companies said.

PCB/Hybrid/MCM design software provide Intercept Technology, Inc. added several translators and interfaces for Innoveda users who wish to transition away from their current design flow using an established and proven transition path. With the uncertainty left by the industry announcement on April 23 (when Mentor Graphics said it would purchase Innoveda), Intercept asserts that it provides a clear and current transition from an Innoveda environment to Intercept's modern, advanced design environment. These new translators and interfaces are key additions to Intercept's Unplugged Series, a group of applications that aim to give users the freedom to replace all or part of their third-party design flows with Intercept products, including the front-end schematic capture application, MOZAIX, and the highly-advanced layout software, PANTHEON. With these applications, Intercept said it gives Innoveda users the flexibility and freedom of use no other EDA company can offer.

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