During the last few days, I have received a number of press releases from both Cadence and Synopsys dealing with their work with TSMC on the 20 nm process. It then makes sense for me to hear from Mentor Graphics as well. Their news, unlike their two direct competitors, did not specifically focus on 3D-IC technology, although a tweet from Dennis Brophy chirped about it, but instead deals with a broad range of tools.
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• North America Power Utility implementation of E³.series (Hydro-Québec)
• World-class Silicon & Development Tools for Intelligent Embedded Connected Devices (Intel Corporation)
Calypto® Design Systems announced that Core Logic Inc., a fabless semiconductor manufacturer, has adopted PowerPro CG as their primary power optimization tool for designing their complex system-on-chip (SoC) products.
The news that Samsung Venture Investment Corporation has invested $4 million in Carbon Design Systems is a clear indication that Carbon's products have achieved a critical place in the design flow at Samsung. Obviously Samsung cannot run the risk of seeing a small company as Carbon disappear, and can also leverage thje investment should an acquisition happen in the future.
It had to happen. Synopsys was an early investor in Ciranova and the company has shown to be able to survive and grow on its own, validating its market strategy.
Synopsys completed the acquisition of Ciranova, a company focused on delivering productivity improvements in custom IC design by reducing the time and effort needed to develop transistor-level layout on advanced nodes. Terms were not disclosed, but since Synopsys already owned a portion of the company, the transaction was "in the family" and thus achieved in the most amicable terms, I am sure.
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Atrenta Inc. has acquired NextOp Software, Inc., a provider of assertion synthesis technology. Atrenta's products focus on improving efficiency and reducing cost for the design of complex semiconductor IP and system-on-chip (SoC) devices while NextOp's products focus on improving efficiency and reducing cost for the functional verification of IPs and SoCs. The combination of both company's products creates a more complete SoC Realization platform. NextOp's staff based in Santa Clara will move into the Atrenta San Jose facility. On the other hand, the NextOp's Shanghai facility will become the Atrenta office in China. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Zuken has extended its OpenDoor agreement with Mentor Graphics by participating as a partner in the recently-formed ODB ++ Solutions Alliance. Zuken will offer support for the ODB++ format in its CR-5000 and CR-8000 PCB design suites.
The ODB++ Solutions Alliance provides a forum for implementers and supporters of the ODB++ format to share their interest and success with others. Alliance members can exchange information, advice and ideas about the format, including implementation of best practices and their experiences in using the format across the PCB design-through-manufacturing flow. The overall goals of the ODB++ Solutions Alliance are to increase awareness of what is being achieved today with ODB++ in reducing time-to-market, cost and supply-chain risk, and provide the basis for wider adoption by designers and manufacturers so as to maximize the benefits for the PCB engineering community, and further enhancement of the format and its implementation methods in line with technological developments.