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* Cadence Design Systems reported Q3 2007 revenue of $401 million, an increase of 9 percent over the $366 million reported for the same period in 2006. On a GAAP basis, Cadence recognized net income of $73 million, or $0.24 per share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2007, compared to $42 million, or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis, in the same period in 2006.

* Chartered Semiconductor reported Q3 2007 revenues of $354.8 million, up 9.4 percent sequentially. and revenues including Chartered’s share of SMP of $381.8 million, up 8.2 percent sequentially. The company also reported net income before tax of $7.1 million, compared to net income before tax of $4.0 million in 2Q 2007. Net income in 3Q 2007 was $114.8 million which included a tax benefit.

* Magma announced Q2 revenue of $53.5 million, a 27.5 percent increase over Q2 2006, which the company says includes, “Record revenue for the third quarter in a row; revenue that beat Magma’s own guidance and Wall Street estimates, also for the third quarter in a row; and [several] major customer engagements [including] Toshiba and Maxim.”

* Synplicity Inc. announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007.
Revenue for the quarter was $19.4 million, compared to $16.3 million reported for same period in 2006. For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, GAAP net income included non-cash charges of $959,000 of intangible amortization expense from acquisitions and $747,000 of stock-based compensation expense.

* FSA [Fabless Semiconductor Association] released Q2 2007 additions to its Global Semiconductor Fundings and Financials Report. The latest Report includes statistics for CYQ2 2007 and 1H 2007:

* 1H 2007 semiconductor industry revenue totaled $129.3 billion.
* North American semiconductor companies represented 52 percent of 1H 2007 revenue, followed by Asia with 37 percent, Europe with 11 percent and India with less than one percent.
* 263 fabless and IDM companies reported $63.9 billion in revenue in Q2 2007, an increase of nine percent year-over-year (YoY) and a 2.4 percent decrease quarter-over-quarter (QoQ).
*The top 10 semiconductor companies by Q2 2007 revenue combined for $30 billion, or 47 percent of total Q2 semiconductor revenue.

1. Intel: $8.7B
2. Samsung: $4.6B
3. Texas Instruments: $3.3B
4. Toshiba: $2.5B
5. STMicroelectronics: $2.4B
6. Hynix Semiconductor: $2.1B
7. Renesas: $2.0B
8. Sony: $1.6B
9. NXP Semiconductors: $1.5B
10. Advanced Micro Devices: $1.4B

* The top 10 IP companies by Q2 2007 revenue reported $295 million in revenue, a decrease of 0.2 percent QoQ and one percent Year over Year.
* The top five packaging and test companies by Q2 2007 revenue reported $2.4 billion in revenue, an increase of four percent QoQ and a three percent decrease YoY.
* The leading foundries, TSMC, UMC, SMIC and Chartered, reported $3.7 billion in revenue in Q2, an increase of 10 percent QoQ and a decrease of seven percent YoY.
* The leading EDA companies, Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys, Mentor Graphics and Magma Design Automation, reported $873 million in revenue in Q2, an increase of six percent QoQ and 10 percent YoY.
* 112 semiconductor companies raised $1.4 billion in 1H 2007.
* 52 semiconductor companies raised $681.7 million in Q2 2007, a nine percent dollar amount decrease and a 13 percent decrease in the total number of deals closed QoQ.


In other news …

* Acceleware Corp. announced a partnership agreement through which Agilent Technologies will resell the Acceleware acceleration products throughout its sales channel to Agilent AMDS customers.

* Altera announced its Stratix II, II GX, and III FPGAs are included in GiDEL's new PROC algorithm acceleration boards, and the PC_X8 PCI Express adapter for the PROCxM prototyping systems.

* Altium Ltd. announced that NASA’s Johnson Space Center has standardized on Altium Designer as its electronics design software. Per the Press Release: “The Center’s Engineering Directorate will use Altium Designer as its electronics design standard on both manned and unmanned mission support. These include the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, as well as the Constellation program to send astronauts back to the moon … Altium Designer will be used on disciplines as varied as guidance and navigation, electrical power systems, avionics systems, instrumentation, thermal protection, spacesuits and other extravehicular activity (EVA) equipment, aerodynamics and related disciplines, advanced automation systems, and overall systems engineering and simulation.”

* Altium also announced that it has updated the design translation capabilities in Altium Designer to support the import of Mentor Graphics DxDesigner files. Per the Press Release: “The enhanced migration tools make it easier for companies and designers currently using a DxDesigner-based point tool solution to upgrade to Altium Designer.”

* Ansoft Corp. says it has certified the VHDL-AMS models from the FAT-AK30 working group of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie - VDA) run in Ansoft’s Simplorer system simulation software. Per the Press Release: “The German Association of the Automotive Industry consists partly of automobile manufactures and their development partners.”

* Ansoft also announced a new library of permanent magnet materials from Shin-Etsu Magnetics Inc. for its Maxwell electromagnetic field simulation software. The companies say the library contains “more than 31 high-performance permanent magnets defined at different operating temperatures using rare earth elements that can be downloaded by Ansoft customers and are ready for use within Maxwell.”

* ASSET InterTech says it is expanding its ScanWorks system by adding signal integrity analysis applications that support Intel’s next-generation embedded instrumentation technology, Intel IBIST (Interconnect Built In Self Test).

* Berkeley Design Automation announced that Beceem Communications has adopted Berkeley Design's Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator. Beceem VP of Engineering Stephen Lloyd is quoted: "With Analog FastSPICE, we can verify our complete WiMAX transceiver with full SPICE accuracy, which was impossible with other simulators. We are also able to slash the long verification times for our complex analog and RF blocks by more than 5x, again with full SPICE accuracy."

* Cadence announced a multi-year strategic agreement with NXP, and also announced Cadence has been named the primary EDA supplier to NXP.

* Carbon Design Systems announced availability of Carbon Model Studio, which the company says is designed for the automatic generation, validation and implementation of hardware-accurate software models. Per the Press Release: “Carbon Model Studio was designed for the entire design team, from system architects and software engineers to hardware designers and third-party IP providers. System architects can use Carbon Model Studio for architectural analysis and profiling. Software engineers can develop and debug embedded software, firmware, drivers and diagnostics concurrent with hardware development. Additionally, Carbon Models can be securely distributed to third-party partners to accelerate adoption of an IP provider’s technology devices.”

* CEVA and CoWare announced Processor Support Packages (PSPs) that support the use of CEVA-TeakLite and CEVA-TeakLite-II DSP cores within the CoWare system-level design environment. Per the Press Release: “The jointly developed models, based on the SystemC high-level design language, allow designers to quickly perform early architectural exploration and trade-off analysis before committing a CEVA-based design to silicon. Using the CEVA PSPs and the CoWare Platform Architect environment for ESL design, designers can explore and verify alternatives for using different cores, busses and cache sizes, as well as simulate hardware and software operating together, all without having to commit to a hardware prototype. This early-stage exploration capability streamlines the overall design process and reduces time to market for complex system development.”

CEVA’s Moshe Sheier is quoted: “ESL has emerged as a bona fide methodology to increase design efficiency and manage complexity. Providing comprehensive support at this early stage of the design process to designers wishing to utilize our cores, further enhances the potential of ESL-based approaches and provides designers with more options from an implementation standpoint. We are pleased to be working with CoWare, an acknowledged leader in the ESL space, to improve the effectiveness and utility of design systems with this collaborative offering.”

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