Communications & signal processor designers storm Awards, Mentor Graphics backs EIDA

7/26/2002 - Communications and signal processing designers stormed the first Electronics Industry Design Awards ceremony using Mentor Graphics EDA tools.

Commented Peter Davy, marketing manager of Mentor Graphics Western Europe: “The comms industry may have had a tough year but good designers will always be in demand and it’s important that we have events like the EID Awards to recognise UK design excellence and keep up morale. The work put in by award sponsors Electronics Product Design, Electronics Weekly and New Electronics was well worth it. The fact that many of the finalists use Mentor Graphics tools certainly suggests that we give leading edge projects a competitive advantage but the main thing is that top UK designers get the praise they deserve.”

Mentor Graphics users who were nominated for or won awards in the EIDA Awards include: Elixent; Cambridge Silicon Radio; Siroyan and Sendo.

Elixent won the Innovation award for its D-Fabrix reconfigurable signal processing technology. Elixent won the Design Award for Innovation for its D-Fabrix reconfigurable algorithm processing technology. Commented Kenn Lamb, CEO of Elixent: “We stand or fall by our raw performance benchmarks so we’re delighted to have been recognised for excellence by the awards panel. The quality of the tools we use makes a huge difference to Elixent engineers and the Mentor Graphics products have undoubtedly helped us meet our aggressive performance goals for the D-Fabrix reconfigurable algorithm processor.”

Cambridge Silicon Radio won Communications Product of the Year for its BlueCore single chip Bluetooth design. Commented James Collier, Technical Director of Cambridge Silicon Radio: “BlueCore was an extremely demanding project and it’s great for people to acknowledge our technological achievement like this. The Mentor Graphics tools, particularly Calibre for final tape out verification and Eldo for analogue simulation, were critical elements of our design flow.”

Siroyan was a finalist in both the Best Newcomer category and the Innovation Category for its OneDSP processor technology, which is the first to use clustering techniques to offer unparalleled, scalable DSP performance.

Commented Adrian Wise, Chief Technology Officer: “These two nominations reflect the highly innovative nature of our scalable DSP technology. We've made excellent use of Mentor Graphics tools such as the XRAY debugger and Seamless hardware/software co-verification environment to create a best-in-class tool chain – a common technology platform reaching through both the silicon development and post-silicon development phases of design.”

Sendo was a finalist in the Best Newcomer category for its mass market mobile telephone design. Commented Ron Schaeffer, Head of Product Strategy and Planning of Sendo “As the only British mobile phone maker, Sendo is proud to be recognised for the contribution it is making to the nation’s electronics industry. We use Mentor Graphics’ circuit board design and signal integrity tools to turn our ideas into reality. We consider Mentor Graphics’ tools to be the industry standard for design of mobile communications devices.”

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