EDA and IP Design News

Morocco on the map as chip design centre

Unlikely as it may seem, but Morocco is becoming a centre for IC design. STMicroelectronics has had a chip design team in Rabat Morocco for ten years . UK-based silicon design house Sondrel has design teams in the US, France, Israel and China, and now Morocco has been added to…

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Linux development gets faster in the cloud

Andorid and Linux developers can take advantage of parallel processing to speed development times using a suite of software tools from a Tel Aviv-based company, IncrediBuild. The company claims that development times can be significantly reduced using the tool which runs development processes in a distributed fashion. The IncrediBuild…

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IP extracts on-chip performance data on TSMC 28HPC process

Design reliability for sub-micron chips is highly dependent on physical parameters such as voltage and temperature. UK-based silicon intellectual property (IP) developer Moortec Semiconductor is offering chip designers process, voltage and temperature monitoring and optimisation IP for CMOS geometries such as 40nm, 28nm and FinFET. The IP embeds…

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Chips at risk from bad voltages, says Mentor

Electrical reliability and protection from electrostatic discharge (ESD) has become more important to IC designers as on-chip geometries shrink and device complex increases. ESD is not a new phenomenon in chip design but its importance to IC designers has increased in recent years. The main factors for this are…

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Concept Engineering upgrades netlist debugger for complex SoCs

German chip debugging tool firm Concept Engineering has released its latest generation tools. StarVision PRO, RTLvision PRO, GateVision PRO, and SpiceVision PRO are scriptable debugging and visualisation tools. As well as a debug tool for  analogue, digital and mixed-signal designs, StarVision PRO provides customisable design rule checks and automated…

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Silicon Labs adds Energy Profiler to design platform

Silicon Labs has added an Energy Profiler tool to its Simplicity Studio development platform. The Energy Profiler tool has an Energy Score feature which enables developers to benchmark the energy efficiency of their system designs. The Energy Score helps developers determine which design iteration provides the highest score directly correlated…

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Big data NAND flash with no limits for MCUs

Using large NAND flash memory with the most basic of microcontrollers has got a little easier with a block grouping feature for Segger’s emFile file system, which reduces RAM requirements for block management. NAND flash is typically used to store large data in embedded systems. However, when using external…

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Qt moves into the world of IoT

IoT is a new focus for the Qt mobile development environment which works cross-platform which now incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart). It can be used to write cross-platform code for communicating with smart sensors, wearables and other BLE-enabled peripherals. The latest version of the Qt mobile…

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