October 24, 2005
TCAD - Technology CAD
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The top five articles over the last two weeks as determined by the number of readers were:
Syntest Receives "Multiple-capture DFT system for scan-based integrated circuits" Patent for At-Speed Scan/BIST InventionSynTest Technologies, Inc., was granted 33 claims under a US patent for its invention of at-speed testing of asynchronous multi-clock, multi-frequency designs, using ATPG or Logic BIST DFT schemes. The major benefit of this patented DFT scheme is the reduction in the number of ATPG patterns compared to the traditional one-hot DFT scheme for multi-clock, multi-frequency designs. The resultant compaction of 3x-10x translates directly into test cost savings.
Mentor Graphics Announces Third Quarter Results; Reaffirms 2005 and 2006 Guidance Mentor announced record revenue for a third quarter of $164.8 million. Earnings were break-even on a GAAP basis. For 2005, Mentor expects revenue of approximately $700 million and $755 million for 2006.
Asynchronous Circuits Transient Faults Sensitivity Evaluation - Technical Paper 151 The paper presents a transient faults sensitivity evaluation for Quasi Delay Insensitive (QDI) asynchronous circuits. The objective of this work is to evaluate the circuits robustness against natural faults (single fault model) and intentional fault injection (multiple faults model).
Kawasaki Microelectronics Adopts Apache's SoC Power Closure Design Flow 140 Kawasaki Microelectronics, Inc. will use Apache's RedHawk full-chip dynamic power solution in the design flow for ASIC designs at 130nm and below. Kawasaki selected RedHawk for its silicon-proven dynamic analysis of the power/ground network behavior and its ability to identify the impact of noise on timing and yield.
Synopsys Accused of Antitrust Violations in Magma Court Filing; Questions Validity of Synopsys Patents, Raises Question of Fraud 141 Magma claims that Synopsys' recent claims of patent infringement against Magma not only rely on patents that are invalid but also constitute a violation of United States antitrust law. Magama is disputing Synopsys' claims on the basis that the applications Synopsys made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office knowingly concealed relevant prior art that described the inventions claimed in the applications.
Other EDA News
Synopsys Accused of Antitrust Violations in Magma Court Filing; Questions Validity of Synopsys Patents, Raises Question of Fraud
StarGen Verifies Advanced Serial Switched Interconnect Chips With Synopsys' VCS, VERA and VCS Verification Library Solutions
Cedar Point Utilizes Synopsys' VCS Native Testbench Technology to Speed Time to Market for Safari C(3) VoIP Switch
Resistive-Open Defect Injection in SRAM Core-Cell: Analysis and Comparison between 0.13 µm and 90 nm Technologies - Technical Paper from DAC 2005
Design Automation Conference Announces Call for Papers; EDA Industry's Premier Forum to be Held in San Francisco July 24 - 28, 2006
SynTest Receives "Multiple-capture DFT system for scan-based integrated circuits" Patent for At-Speed Scan/BIST Invention
QuasiStatic Assignment of Voltages and Optional Cycles for Maximizing Rewards in RealTime Systems with Energy Constraints - Technical Paper from DAC 2005
New Synfora PICO Express Interface to Mentor Graphics ModelSim Simulation Environment Available Now; Synfora Designated a ModelSim Value-Added Partner
Cadence Backs User Demand for Accelerating IEEE P1647 e Standardization; Working Group Completes Technical Portion of LRM Ahead of Schedule; Standardization Vote Expected in Fourth Quarter of 2005
Other IP & SoC News
Chartered Reports Results for Third Quarter 2005; Fourth Quarter 2005 Revenues Expected to Increase Over 20 Percent Sequentially
Freescale Acquires CommASIC; Company Brings Ultra-Low Power Embedded Wi-Fi to Freescale's Connectivity Offerings
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. Announces Revenue and Earnings Growth for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2005
Microchip Technology Announces Record Sales and Net Income for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2006 and Record Quarterly Cash Dividend
Leadis Technology Reports Third Quarter 2005 Financial Results and Announces Volume Shipments of a-Si TFT Driver IC
Texas Instruments Introduces New Radio Frequency Synthesizer for Wireless Infrastructure Applications
TI Unveils Single Chip Multi-Carrier Mixed Signal Processor for 3G Wireless Infrastructure Applications
Semtech Debuts SC310 Current Sense Amplifiers With Voltage Flexibility and Power Saving Features; Devices Feature Three Voltage Gain Options and Industry-Leading Accuracy for Mobile or Industrial Applications
White Electronic Designs Awarded Additional $1.6 Million Follow-on Contract for System-On-Chip Modules for Air-to-Air Missiles
QLogic Reports Second Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2006; Record Revenue Level Achieved for Continuing Operations
Cirrus Logic Reports Fiscal Q2 2006 Financial Results; Revenue from Core Products Grows 11 Percent Sequentially
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