August 11, 2003
More on Object-Oriented Design
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"Synchronicity has good traction in Europe, but we're developing a lot of new traction in the U.S., as well, with a number
of large companies. Previously, those companies were using in-house tools with lots of scripts to try to make data
development tools. Now they're seeing that it's far too heavy [an exercise] to write data management tools in-house or use
tools that are not specific for back-end or digital design. So we're finding that we're becoming a de facto standard for
data management in the development layer and in the IP reuse layer."
"We sit under the tools in a developer's design flow. They may have 70 to 100 tools in the flow, all producing data. In
fact, we have one customer with over 1000 tools in their toolkit, 1019 to be exact - these are different tools and
applications that their developers use from software development through to MCAD and EDA. Many designers would like to think
that they'll eventually get [to a point where they can use] less tools. But bright people will always develop [new design]
tools and their companies will be acquired by the big guys. Then there's the painful process of assimilation, integration of
the new small tool into the flow with the larger tools."
"There will never be a company that offers all of the tools required, so we help our customers focus on the engineering data
at the development layer - data that's coming in from many sources and tools. Meanwhile, it's important to be able to get
data from the engineering level up to the enterprise level. We're doing that for customers and I'm heartened by the uptake
from existing customers for our tools and also from other big customers which are on the rise."
Synplicity Inc. announced it has enhanced its FPGA synthesis software to provide "optimized support" for
company says the Synplify 7.3 software with additional support for the ProASIC Plus family is now included within Actel's
Libero integrated design environment (IDE) v5.0. Synplicity says, "Customers using the latest version of the Synplify
software can increase the performance of their flash-based ProASIC Plus devices by an average of 19 percent, while
efficiently optimizing the device for increased area utilization. For customers requiring additional circuit performance,
the Libero IDE v5.0 also features an expanded interface to Synplicity's Synplify Pro software. The latest version of the
Synplify Pro software adds additional features for ProASIC Plus devices, including a re-timing feature."
United Microelectronics Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG have announced success in their 90-nanometer
with the delivery of functionally complex circuitry using what the companies call "the industry's most advanced production
technology." The companies say that this "milestone" confirms that this technology is ready to move to production later this
year. The companies also announced the success of their 300-nanometer joint engineering efforts "with the achievement of
high-yield pilot production for a 130-nanometer SoC IC targeted at mobile applications and incorporating sensitive
analog/mixed mode circuitry. Per the Press Release, "Despite the challenges of 300mm production, these chips are currently
being produced at UMC fabs at yield levels that equal or surpass those attained by similar products on mainstream 200mm
Verisity, Ltd. announced that National Semiconductor has standardized on Verisity's Specman Elite verification
automation. The companies say that National's verification teams are using Specman Elite to "speed verification of their
complex SoC and IP designs, as well as ensure higher quality products. In addition, National is using several of Verisity's
eVerification Components (eVCs) for standard interfaces such as AMBA AHB, USB and PCIX."
ZyDAS announced that UMC is manufacturing ZyDAS' ZD1202, an 802.11b fully compliant single-chip medium access
(MAC) and baseband processor (BBP), on its 0.18-micron mixed-signal process technology.
Coming soon to a theater near you
ACTS 2003 - The Asia Cadence Technology Symposium will run from August 26th to September 5th in the following cities
Hsinchu (August 26), Seoul (August 29), Shanghai (September 2), and Beijing (September 5). Other sponsors include EDN Asia,
EETimes Asia, HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Conference organizers say that more than 1,600 electronic design engineers and
managers attended over the course of the event last year. This year's theme is Design to Volume and, not surprisingly,
topics will include custom IC Design, logic design, system-level design, PCB design, digital design, system verification and
IC packaging design. (http://acts.cadenceasia.com)
PCB East 2003 - The UP Media Group Inc. announced that Dan Shea, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of
Celestica Inc. will deliver the keynote address at the conference which runs the week of October 20 th at the Boxborough
Woods Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA. Conference organizers say that Shea will address a host of questions related to the
viability/wisdom of outsourcing in today's economy.
Semiconductor Chip Start-up Seminar - Hosted by Magma Design Automation, the half-day meeting is on September 12th at
Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara's Techmart. The agenda is slated to include a VC firm's perspective on trends in
funding semiconductor start-ups, a formula for measuring the ROI on EDA tools, and the inevitable customer presentations
describing design success with Magma tools. Nonetheless, the day should be informative.
Aldec, Inc. announced that it has appointed Soliton Systems, KK as its exclusive distributor for all Aldec
HDL simulation and hardware acceleration products in Japan. The companies report that Soliton Systems distributed a
different supplier of HDL simulation tools for eight years. However, an internal decision was made by Soliton to transition
its HDL Business Unit to focus on Aldec's mixed HDL verification and hardware acceleration products "based on the future
opportunity for growth and market penetration."
Atrenta Inc. announced the closing of its Series B financing of $5.3 million. The total amount raised to date to over
million. The current round was led by Smart Technology Ventures and Series A investors, Venrock Associates, TL Ventures, and
ARM announced in July that it has purchased Adelante Technologies Belgium, a 25-person company based in Leuven
of Adelante Technologies Holding B.V. Adelante's A|RT technology includes a methodology for designing optimized processing
blocks to accelerate high-data-throughput processing applications. The Press Release quotes Tudor Brown at ARM as saying,
"ARM is committed to satisfying the bigger challenges in the industry by providing innovative, cost effective and power
efficient processing solutions. The purchase of Adelante Technologies Belgium enables ARM to further our reach within our
markets and strengthen ARM's position as the industry's leading IP provider."
InTime Software Inc. - Well-known EDA Executive Robert Smith, has been appointed to the position of CEO at InTime
Inc. He was also elected to its Board of Directors. InTime Software also announced that board member Steve Ciesinski, a
partner at Earlybird Ventures, has been appointed Chairman of the Board. Founder George P. Janac continues to serve as the
company's CTO and a member of its Board. Smith has experience as an executive within the EDA industry that dates back to
1987. Most recently, he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Magma Design Automation. He joined Magma
from LogicVision, where he also served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to LogicVision, he
spent six years at Synopsys. In addition, Smith has co-founded two companies, one specializing in silicon prototyping and
the other in technical documentation. Smith holds a MSEE from Stanford University and BSEE from U.C. Davis.
Novas Software, Inc. announced that David Kelf has joined Novas as Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Kelf
oversee all product, strategic, and corporate marketing functions. Kelf, a 14-year veteran of the EDA industry, joins Novas
from Synopsys, where he was Senior Director of Marketing, responsible for the strategic marketing of verification
technologies and languages, including SystemVerilog. Previously, he was Vice President of Marketing for Co-Design
Automation. Kelf also held a variety of marketing positions at Cadence Design Systems, and senior engineering functions at
GEC Plessey and Bell Northern Research, now Northern Telecom, in Europe. Kelf holds a BS in electronic computer systems from
Salford University in Manchester, U.K., and an MS in microelectronics from Brunel University in Uxbridge, U.K. He also has
an MBA from Boston University.
Palmchip Corp. announced that the US Patent Office has awarded the company a patent for the company's technology
facilitating the easy connection of IP blocks within an SoC design. The patent is titled Chip-core Framework for Systems-On-
Virage Logic Corp. announced that Dan McCranie and Robert Smith have joined the company's Board of
Directors. McCranie joins
as chairman and Smith joins as a Board Member. Previous Chairman Adam Kablanian remains on the Board and continues to serve
as the company's President and CEO. With the new appointments, the company currently has seven directors.
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