News – 2007.06.03

Synplicity Acquires HARDI Electronics
Synplicity, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNP), a leading supplier of software for the design and verification of semiconductors, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of HARDI Electronics AB, a leading developer of off-the-shelf ASIC prototyping boards, for $24.2 million in cash. The ASIC prototyping market is one the fastest growing segments of the EDA industry, and this acquisition makes Synplicity the leader in this part of the ASIC verification market.

Legend Introduces Turbo-MSIM Fast-SPICE Simulator for SoC Design
Legend Design Technology, Inc. announced the release of Turbo-MSIM, a Fast-SPICE circuit simulator with super high speed and extremely large capacity while maintaining the SPICE accuracy. Turbo-MSIM can dramatically speed the time for simulating either full-chip hierarchical circuits or the flattened layout-extracted netlists with a huge number of resistors and capacitors. For nanometer circuit designs using complex device models, Turbo-MSIM has the capability to perform full-chip transistor-level simulation and analysis, and nails down any design and layout problem for achieving silicon success.

picoChip Rolls Out Latest WiMAX Basestation Reference Design
picoChip announced the next version of its industry-standard WiMAX basestation reference design, with a software upgrade to support Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 and MIMO. The new PC8532 WiMAX platform has its first public display at WiMAX World Europe this week (Booth Number 204). It is the only basestation reference design to support WiMAX Wave 2 and IO-MIMO, and scales from access point (femtocell) to sophisticated multi-sector carrier macrocells. The PC8532 is used for WiMAX certification and has already demonstrated the widest range of interoperability with third-party terminals.

Lightspeed Logic, Cadence Unveil Reconfigurable Logic Reference Flow
Lightspeed Logic, the leading provider of mask reconfigurable IP, announced immediate availability of the 65-nanometer Common Power Format (CPF)-enabled reference flow for Lightspeed Logic’s Reconfigurable Logic IP. This reference flow enables SOC designers to accelerate time-to-market for low-power designs using Lightspeed Logic’s Reconfigurable Logic IP.

Cadence, Denali Deliver Advanced DDR-PHY Methodology
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic-design innovation, and Denali Software, a leading provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property (IP), announced that they have delivered an advanced DDR-PHY implementation methodology based on the Cadence(R) Encounter(R) digital IC design platform. This new methodology uses Cadence SoC Encounter(TM) RTL-to-GSDII system for design and physical implementation and Cadence Encounter Timing System for design closure and final timing, signal integrity and signoff—both are key technologies of the CPF-enabled Encounter platform.

Apache Unveils Sentinel for System-Level Power Integrity, IO-SSO, EMI
Apache Design Solutions, the technology leader in SoC power integrity announces Sentinel, a new product line to address system-level power integrity, IO-SSO, and EMI challenges. Sentinel combines the chip’s core switching, power delivery network (PDN), I/O sub-system, and package / PCB models in a single environment for accurate IC-package co-design from early prototyping to signoff.

Elma Unveils Extreme Temperature Light Guides
Elma Electronic has announced new high-temperature light guides with integrated LEDs. The LEDs are ideal for vapor phase soldering. The Elma light guides can withstand 260 degrees C for 40 seconds, or 200 degrees C for 180 seconds. This represents a substantial improvement in compatible solderability with other components from the previous 235 degrees C and 185 degrees C respectively. They are available in single or dual LED version and vertical and horizontal orientations.

National Quality Assurance Acquires TRA Certification
National Technical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of engineering services, announced the acquisition of TRA Certification, located in Elkhart, Indiana, by its joint venture company, National Quality Assurance, USA (NQA). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

DAC Tutorials Tackle Most Challenging Design Issues
Registration is still open for the tutorials offered on Monday, June 4, and Friday, June 8, as part of the 44th Design Automation Conference (DAC), happening June 4 – 8 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. A total of seven tutorials will be offered to provide design engineers valuable, in-depth, technical information on a wide variety of today’s most challenging design topics, including variability, system design for embedded multimedia devices, formal verification techniques, design of high-performance power delivery networks, soft errors, design and yield, and low power design. The registration fee for the tutorials is $300 per tutorial and includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and tutorial notes. Attendees can register for the conference, including these tutorials, online or at the conference.

NEC to Showcase CyberWorkBench with Sequence PowerTheater at DAC
NEC System Technologies, Ltd. (NEC-ST) will demonstrate a preliminary integrated solution for power-aware ESL productivity at DAC 2007 in San Diego in the NEC-ST booth (#1764). NEC-ST’s CyberWorkBench ESL synthesis with Sequence’s PowerTheater power management solution delivers the ability to analyze various architectures for performance, area, and power.

Mimosys to Demonstrate Clarity for Embedded Applications at DAC
Mimosys, a new company focused on automating the partitioning of embedded applications into fine grain hardware accelerators and software, will be demonstrating its latest version of Clarity at DAC – featuring automatic inclusion of memory.