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Systems News : October 17

By Caroline Hayes

IPextreme adds ColdFire V1

IPextreme adds the Freescale ColdFire V1 processor and platform to its IP portfolio. The configurable microcontroller subsystem is built using the same IP as used in ColdFire+ devices from Freescale Semiconductor. It extends the core used in earlier devices to include peripheral modules which can be selected according to requirements.

Warren Savage, CEO, IPExtremeThe company also announced a partnership with Mentor Graphics to sell and deliver its IP cores and its Xena enterprise level IP management software platform, with technical support from IPextreme through the Xena IP management platform. Products for licensing in the agreement include processor platforms – 8, 16- and 32bit microcontrollers ad subsystems; CAN and FlexRay automotive IP, debug IP, including IEEE 1149.7 Compact JTAG and the Xena platform.

Cadence adds data converter IP for 28nm node

credit: Idea go

An IP family that is claimed to deliver conversion rates up to 10 times faster than competing IP has been announced by Cadence. The low power analog cores enable next-generation protocols such as WiGig (802.11ad) for LTE and LTE Advanced, consumer, mobile, infrastructure and industrial communications applications. The cores are a 7bit 3Gsample/s ADC and DAC, an 11bit 1.5Gsample/s dual ADC and a 12bit 2Gsample/s dual DAC.

Synopsys and TSMC collaborate to deliver 16nm custom design reference flow

Synopsys will provide support for voltage-independent design rules in TSMC’s 16nm custom reference design flow. The foundry has certified Synopsys’ Laker custom design and circuit simulation tools that deliver new capabilities for TSMC V0.5 16nm FinFET process layout design rules, device models, and electromigration and IR-drop (EM/IR) analysis.

SoC verification is unified across simulation through to validation

credit: Stuart Miles

Breker Verification Systems unifies the SoC verification process across simulation, simulation acceleration, emulation, prototyping and silicon validation with TrekSoC-Si. It automatically generates multi-threaded, multi-processor, self-verifying C test cases that run on embedded processors on in-circuit emulation (ICE) platforms, field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototypes and production silicon.

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