Jasper Design Automation introduced a power-aware version of its formal verification tool, adding optimization for multiple voltage and power-management domains. The tool now can create an internal power-aware formal model based upon power partitioning specs.
Real Intent teamed up with DeFacTo Technologies to deliver an RTL signoff flow for both clock-domain crossing and design for test, which the companies say speeds up the signoff process. There has been a lot of attention focused on the growing signoff problem over the past few months.
Achronix taped out a finFET-based FPGA using Synopsys’ physical design and verification. FinFETs should greatly improve the power/performance characteristics of FPGAs, which is why there has been a big rush by FPGA vendors to the latest node.
South Korea’s MagnaChip adopted Mentor Graphics’ process design kit automation process and custom IC platform. MagnaChip makes AMS semiconductor platforms. The company also won a deal with CNH, which makes agricultural and construction equipment for its wiring and harness design software tools, which are becoming more popular as off-road vehicles add more sophisticated electronics.
Yamaha was able to reduce power consumption for its mobile consumer chips by 10% using Cadence’s characterization tools. The improvements are the result of automating the functional descriptions of cells and the specification of worst-case conditions.
Open-Silicon celebrated its 10th anniversary. The company has shipped more than 78 million chips over that period.
People may be overweight, but at least they’re putting their money where their mouths are—so to speak. Shipments of sports and fitness monitors will total 250 million units between 2013 and 2017, according to IHS iSuppli.
Android and iOS accounted for 92.3% of all smartphone OSes shipped in Q1, according to IDC, and Android’s share accounted for 75% compared with iOS’s 17.3%. Moreover, while shipments of iOS increased from Q1 2012 to the same period in 2013, its market share dropped nearly 6%. Android’s shot up nearly 17%.