February 02, 2004
High Priests & Gurus
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Au, CEO at Triscend Corp., is also quoted: “ARM is widely recognized as the leading innovator in microprocessor IP and is the ideal company to move our technology forward. With the rise in costs of ASIC design at 90 nanometers, we believe configurable MCU platforms will become a key solution which will benefit our mutual customers.”
partnership opens a
new era of addressing market demand with affordable and proven semiconductor IP.”
Elliptic Semiconductor also announced that Spinnaker Systems Inc. has become a member of EAPP, as well. Elliptic says it will make available to Spinnaker Systems, through EAPP, its entire family of virtual components. Kazuo Fukushima, President of Spinnaker Systems, is quoted: “Elliptic's TCP/IP and security silicon IP solution is quite appealing to Japanese IDMs and network system vendors due to the high performance and low-power consumption. We've been dealing with silicon IP for over eight years and are recognized as the number one IP distributor in Japan. We are excited to introduce Elliptic products to our wide range of customers."
VaST Systems Technology Corp. announced a new sales and support office in Munich, Germany, and that now both the Munich and U.K. offices will report to Dennis Heller, Vice President of Worldwide Sales. The company also announced that Franz Maidl has been named as Director of Sales in Europe. Maidl has 20+ years' experience in the semiconductor and automotive electronic design industry in Europe. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of European operations for Innoveda, and previously was at i2 Technologies and Mentor Graphics. Maidl has a Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) in technical physics from the Fachhochschule in Munich.
Magma Design Automation Inc. has announced alliances with several large IP vendors to develop what the company calls “Magma-Ready” products. The company says the new alliance members and existing MagmaTies partners will provide synthesis and reference methodology support for soft IP products, and verification of industry-standard views for hard IP products. Currently, “Magma-Ready” IP is available from Artisan, Denali, Mentor Graphics, Qualcore Logic, Rambus, SuperH, TriCN, and Virage Logic.
industry-standard views into the Magma design environment and check for logical and physical data consistency, check that the process rules are consistent, verify timing model compatibility, run routing feasibility analysis and run performance analysis to ensure QoR.”
The Press Release also includes testimonials from Michael Kaskowitz, General Manager for the Mentor Graphics Intellectual Property division, Jim Ensell, Vice President of Marketing of Virage Logic, and Ron Nikel, CTO of TriCN.
Also from Magma - The company announced that Wade Meyercord has joined the company's Board of Directors. Meyercord is President of Meyercord & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in board of directors and CEO compensation and evaluation, as well as in stock plan evaluation. Meyercord's previous experience includes positions with IBM, where he was general manager of the company's San Jose operations and was responsible for all disk drive operations; Memorex, where he was President of its Storage Equipment Group; and Read Rite Corp., where he was President and CEO. Meyercord also serves on the boards of California Micro Devices and Microchip. He has an MBA degree from Syracuse
University and a BSME from Purdue University.
SoC/ASIC design and
development process for Toshiba customers. Happily as well, Toshiba announced it has made an investment in privately held Sonics.
Takashi Yoshimori, Technology Executive, Semiconductor Company, at Toshiba, is quoted: “This agreement will enable Toshiba to develop advanced next-generation SoCs quickly and will promote the reusability of IP across multiple design teams and even business divisions. As we move from our market-leading 90-nanometer production capabilities to next generation 65-nanometer process technologies, Sonics IP will help us develop feature-rich, high-volume SoCs that will fuel future market growth.”
Tera Systems, Inc. announced that Pierre Lamond, Partner at Sequoia Capital, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the company. Lamond has served on the Board since June 2003. He is currently also serving as a Director of Barcelona Design, Santur, Turin Networks, Open Silicon, Luxim, and Mellanox. Additionally, he is working with Cast Iron Systems, Allocity, and T-Networks. He also has been the Chairman of Vitesse Semiconductor, Redback Networks, Plumtree Software, Verisity Design, Cypress Semiconductor, Microchip, Combichem (acquired by Dupont) and a Director of VitalSigns Software (acquired by International Network Services, LU), Convex Computer (acquired by HP),
and the MarchFirst (formerly USWeb/CKS). Before joining Sequoia Capital in 1981, Lamond was a Founder and Technical Director of National Semiconductor and General Manager of Fairchild's Integrated Circuit Division. He also served as President of Advent and Coherent, and was President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. You know, I'll bet he's also a scratch golfer, a concert pianist, and bowls 300 in his spare time.
Bits & Bytes
1 - David Stewart at CriticalBlue
David Stewart is Co-founder and CEO at CriticalBlue, a new EDA start-up announced last year. He was in the U.K. when we chatted by phone this week and, despite his lilting Glaswegian cadence, I was able to understand everything he said:
you realize that we generate a hardware co-processor, it's obvious that this is a very different approach.”
accelerator, you're using less power. There's really a range of different reasons that people are doing
this, and they can't all be solved by a family of specific application IP blocks.”
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