December 02, 2002
Study Finds IC Vendors need both Design and Manufacturing
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Additionally, OCP-IP announced that Verisity Ltd., a supplier of tools and methodology for functional verification, has joined the organization. Mackintosh also commented on the Verisity membership: "We are delighted to have Verisity's support for the industry-standard socket and believe it will help spread the benefits of verification reuse throughout the industry."
OCP-IP offers a complete socket solution to its members including tools, training and technical support necessary for creating intellectual property (IP) cores which are OCP-compliant and ready for SoC integration with other third-party IP.
Synopsys Inc. and Avnet Cilicon, a division of Avnet, Inc., announced an agreement to jointly promote Synopsys' FPGA Compiler II for synthesis of complex FPGA designs. The Synopsys tool is now a part of Avnet Design Service's Avalon Reference Design System. Avnet customers will have access to features in FPGA Compiler II, including block-level incremental synthesis (BLIS) and re-timing.
Xilinx Inc. announced that it is shipping the System Generator for DSP tool v.2.3. The System Generator for DSP tool automatically translates DSP systems developed using MATLAB and Simulink from The MathWorks into optimized VHDL and IP cores for Xilinx FPGAs. The new tool gives designers access to pipelined embedded multipliers using pre-placed input and output registers to achieve improved performance per area of silicon. The new release also supports 3x faster code generation, a dozen-plus reference designs/tutorials, and application notes for creating custom DSP data path peripherals for the IBM CoreConnectbus architecture
implementation for customers across the United States.
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technologies. The keynote address, "Computers without Clocks," will be given by Ivan Sutherland, Vice President and Fellow, Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Sutherland will discuss design and methodology considerations surrounding asynchronous design.
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edaForum02 - If you're in Germany in the next several days, you'll be able to catch edaForum02 as it convenes in Hanover on December 5th and 6th. The conference is organized by the edacentrum as part of its mission to overcome the design gap by collaborative actions of system and semiconductor companies, EDA vendors and research institutes. In contrast to pure technical workshops, this event will focus on technical challenges and business-related topics helping to optimize the EDA investment. The keynote address will be given by U.C. Berkeley's Richard Newton.
and the exhibition hall is always a great place to explore.
choosing the papers and presentations for the technical sessions. Conference organizers report that despite difficult conditions in the global electronics market, over 100 companies will be exhibiting including the leading vendors of EDA and DFT tools.
1st Silicon announced that the company's board of directors has appointed Dr. W. John Nelson as CEO. Nelson, who joined 1st Silicon as COO in May 2002, has been acting CEO since September. He succeeds Claudio G. Loddo. Previously, Nelson was COO of General Semiconductor, President of General Semiconductor's Asia-Pacific operation, and President of General Instrument, Taiwan. He directed the construction of the company's manufacturing site in Tianjin, China. His experience also includes wafer-fab operations at Unitrode and Fairchild Semiconductor, and wafer-fab engineering at Analog Devices.
InTime Software, Inc. announced that Ron Burns has joined the company as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Burns brings a lengthy track record in electronics and EDA to his new role at InTime. His experience includes sales management positions at Forte, Quickturn (A Cadence company), NeoCAD, Mentor Graphics, Silicon Compiler Systems, and Harris Semiconductor. Most recently, Burns served as Vice President of Sales at Forte where he and the CynApps executive team completed the merger with Chronology.
In the category of ...
These days, women and men labor side-by-side in the kitchen to prepare the annual Thanksgiving feast. In honor of Thanksgiving, it seemed intriguing to do a quick, unofficial tally of the number of women currently serving in senior executive roles at fourteen of the leading companies in EDA - statistics tabulated from a simple visit to each company's website.
The results - 4 companies with 0% women execs, 4 companies with 8%, 2 companies with 16 %, 2 companies at 20%, 1 company at 25%, and 1 company at 33% - not too impressive, but there may be reasons why.
and it's probably inappropriate to expect an increase in the number of women executives in EDA over the next few years.