Interesting week in EDA as you can see from the items below. Good news from Synopsys, an interesting report on India, and two products announcements just in time for DVCon.
Synopsys, Strong Revenue And An Eye To The Future.
The week's news was dominated by Synopsys. It reported the fiscal results of its first 2014 quarter. Revenue increased by approximately $4 million over the same period of the previous year, or just under 1%. Although there have been negative observations on the part of some bloggers regarding low percentages of increase, the same blogger seem to have forgotten their high school algebra. A one percent increase over $400 million is exactly the same amount than a 10% increase over $40 million. As Andy Grove used to remind us at Intel in 1977 as revenue grows, percentages decrease. Financial markets pay more attention to the fact that on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $67.7 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to $69.9 million, or$0.45 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
On a more interesting note Synopsys acquired Coverity, the leading provider of software quality, testing, and security tools, today signed a definitive agreement for Synopsys to acquire Coverity. Coverity products reduce the risk of quality and security defects, which can lead to the catastrophic failures that plague many of today's large software systems. The net cost of the transaction was approximately $350 million. As EDA tools must of necessity address system level design, software issues are increasing in importance. Thus although some bloggers described the acquisition as a sign that Synopsys is entering new unrelated markets, this is not entirely true. Certainly, at least for a while, revenue from Coventry's products will come from customers outside of the traditional Synopsys accounts, but I expect that in a short time we will see EDA customers purchase Coventry's products in support of their software components.
East-West Center Special Study On India's Electronics Manufacturing Industry
Dr. Dieter Ernst has kindly advised me of a just publisahed study by the East-West Center dealing with India's Electronics Manufacturing Industry regulatory reform and industrial policy. India, a leading exporter of information-technology services, faces a fundamental puzzle. Its electronics industry is struggling despite a huge and growing domestic market and pockets of world-class capabilities.
Drawing on survey questionnaires and interviews with key private and public industry players and multinationals, this study examines how restrictive regulations and a largely dysfunctional implementation of past support policies have constrained investment in plants and equipment and technology absorption and innovation. Electronics manufacturing remains disconnected from India’s chip-design capabilities which are integrated, instead, into global networks of innovation and production. India’s growing domestic demand for electronic products results in rising imports of final products and high import-dependence for key components.
Bold action is required to change the anemic growth of electronics manufacturing just when the global electronics industry is rapidly ending historical strategies for growth.To achieve its potential, electronics manufacturing in India must move beyond “high-volume, low-cost” activities, towards a greater focus on “low-volume, high-value” production and on frugal innovation for the domestic market.
The government’s National Policy on Electronics is a first step on this path, but it needs to be complemented by reforms relating to taxation, customs, compliance, and inspections. Equally important are efforts to enhance the strategic use of technical standards and smart approaches to international trade diplomacy. The complete paper can be read here.
CEVA Adds To Its Imaging And Computer Vision Platform
CEVA has enriched its CEVA-CV computer vision real-time library to include more than 750 functions, further simplifying the programming and development of computer vision (CV) applications for a wide range of end markets, including mobile, automotive, surveillance, consumer and the Internet of Things. Combining the latest release of the CEVA-CV computer vision library with CEVA’s Android Multimedia Framework (AMF), eases the integration of CEVA-CV functions with any Android-based application processor.
New functions added in the latest CEVA-CV release include feature detection kernels and object recognition algorithms such as Harris Corner, Hough Transform, Integral Sum, Fast, LBP, SURF, HOG, SVM, and ORB detection and matching. These are commonly used in augmented reality applications for smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, Natural User Interface (NUI), surveillance and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications. New optical flow kernels include KLT and Block Matching, which are used for motion detection and object tracking required in camera-enabled devices to implement applications such as digital video stabilization, augmented reality and gesture recognition. CEVA-CV now also includes kernels required by The Khronos Group’s OpenVX 1.0 specification, which is set to become the key standard for cross-platform acceleration of computer vision applications and libraries.
Onespin Solutions Introduces Quantify
Quantify is a state-of-the-art coverage analysis technology and is used today in various verification flows with impressive results. It provides a number of accuracy and efficiency advantages over existing Control Coverage solutions, as well as other forms of Observation Coverage. Algorithms used by Quantify execute faster than those leveraged in other Observation Coverage-based solutions, and can be further accelerated through parallel operation.
As part of OneSpin 360 DV-Verify™ product line, Quantify augments the Assertion Based Verification formal engine to create a closed-loop, coverage-driven verification flow. It analyzes manual or automatically produced assertion sets against corresponding register transfer level (RTL) blocks and provides direction as to untested and untestable areas of the design, accelerating verification closure for these blocks.
Quantify is easy to setup and use, and provides for an incremental use-model where coverage results from multiple runs may be merged. An Application Programming Interface (API) allows integration with coverage databases, such as Accellera’s Unified Coverage Interoperability Standard (UCIS), and verification management tools.
Further information can be found here.