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Synopsys Announces Yield Explorer

Synopsys, Inc. introduced Yield Explorer, a new yield management product that expedites the discovery and mitigation of yield limiters in ICs. The company stated that when compared with traditional methods, Yield Explorer can accelerate the first-silicon debug time by an order of magnitude.

Cadence Sponsors User Track and Management Day at 46th DAC

The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) announced today that Cadence Design Systems will be the exclusive sponsor for the conference's User Track and Management Day.

Carbon Announces Availability of ARM Cortex Models

Carbon Design Systems has announced that it has begun shipping implementation-accurate model solutions for ARM’s most advanced processor and interconnect components.

A good DVCon: EDA holds down the fort

In the midst of a global recession DVCon managed to attract at least as many exhibitors as last year, and a good number of attendees. The final number of attendees was a bit lower than the record setting one of last year, but it must be said that there were very few international attendees this time around. Companies are very careful with expenses, and travel to conferences is certainly one of the first items to cut from the budget.

DVCon panel thinks small - EDA to stay small

Peggy Aycinena moderated the traditional Wednesday afternoon DVCon panel. She had chosen the provocative title "EDA: Dead or Alive?" hoping to stimulate a controversial and creative exchange of ideas and opinions. Unfortunately for her the result was a defensive attitude and a business as usual approach to problem solving.

Intel technology maven looks at semiconductors

Where semiconductors have been and where we are going

February 2, 2009, DesignCon 2009 Santa Clara, CA—Paolo Gargini, Intel fellow and director of technology strategy presented his views of the technology world in his keynote talk "The semiconductor revolution is alive and well."

A condensed history of the industry indicates that transistors were first invented in 1947, and were in commercial manufacturing by 1957. In 1961 the planar process was developed and implemented and by 1965 the first version of Moore's Law came into existence. Moore's Law projected that costs per transistor would decrease over time. Overall, many technology changes take about a decade to become viable in manufacturing.

What's next for the industry?

VC looks at the drivers in the semiconductor and EDA industries

Open Access held their 13th conference to highlight the state of SI2/OpenAccess. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures discussed the big influencers in the semiconductor industry in his keynote talk "Semiconductor Industry: stall or growth?"

Lanza noted that the semiconductor landscape is changing in direction and in scale. The number of fabs is shrinking and the remaining fabs are becoming much larger. The population of IDMs is shrinking as many companies are finding that the next generation fabs and process development is costing much more than they can afford. AMD is only the latest example of a company going fab-light or fabless. Other factors are driving industry consolidation, resulting in only the big name companies remaining. Aspects of the global economic environment add further stress to a company.

The DARPA Challenge: Fostering System Architectures

The overall system architecture greatly affects the final system performance as demonstrated by two approaches to a single problem. As an example of the diversity of approaches to a single system challenge, we look at the robotics programs at Stanford University and at Carnegie Mellon University. Both schools were involved in the DARPA grand challenge and urban challenge programs.

The US military has always been interested in autonomous vehicles for two reasons. First to reduce the number of support staff versus combat troops. Second, to reduce the exposure of any troops to hostile activities. Some of these programs have been started as early as 1988 but were achieving little or no useful results.

ARM CTO discusses power and computing.

February 4, 2008, San Francisco, CA—The International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) opened with a series of plenary presentations. One talk by Mike Muller, CTO of ARM entitled “Embedded Processing at the Heart of Life and Style” looked at the trade off between performance, power, and die area.

Synopsys Implements New High-Speed, Design-to-Mask Data Processing Software

Venice, Florida Nov. 13 -- Synopsys, Inc. today announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. successfully implemented Synopsys' new PCX technology to reduce design-to-mask cycle-time for its advanced process technologies. Proteus-CATS® data eXchange (PCX) technology is a highly scalable parallel interface technology designed to reduce data communication overhead and turnaround time between Synopsys' Proteus optical proximity correction (OPC) and CATS mask data preparation (MDP) software.

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