New on EDA Blog – 2007.11.02

Design for Power Seminar in Japan
Sequence Design, AMD Japan, Cadence Design Systems Japan, NEC System Technologies, and HP Japan are sponsoring a low-power design seminar in Tokyo. The event will take place on Thursday, November 8, 2007, from 12:50pm to 5:30pm at Tokyo’s Akihabara Convention Hall. The seminar focuses on reducing and managing power throughout the design flow. Sequence Design’s President and CEO, Vic Kulkarni, will open the seminar with a corporate update and product strategy overview.

QNX Makes Symmetric Multiprocessing Open Source Hybrid
QNX Software Systems recently announced it has included source code for its symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities in the core QNX(R) Neutrino(R) realtime operating system (RTOS) source code repository. QNX recently published the source code for its microkernel-based OS and made the code available for download under a new hybrid software licensing model.

Design For Manufacturability Coalition
The Design For Manufacturability Coalition (DFMC) was recently formed to build on previous efforts to ensure that ICs can be manufactured in accordance with the original design. Founding members include Cadence, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Ponte Solutions, Samsung, Sagantec, ST Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments.

Near Field Communication Mobile Phones
According to ABI Research, the NFC (Near Field Communication) business must be about mass adoption. NFC technology will be available across a wide range of mobile phones: from high-end smartphones to low-end handsets. In their latest analysis of the NFC market, ABI Research forecasts that by 2012, of the nearly 300 million NFC handsets to ship worldwide, nearly 18% will be low-end NFC handsets.

SEMI September 2007 Book-to-Bill Ratio
According to Semi, the North American manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.23 billion in orders in September 2007 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.81. A book-to-bill of 0.81 means that $81 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

OpenAccess+ Conference 2007
The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) will be holding their OpenAccess+ Conference on November 5, 2007 at Sun Microsystems’ Santa Clara Conference Center in California. The Conference will feature speakers and demonstrations from semiconductor and electronic-design automation (EDA) companies.