EDA and IP Design News

Mentor tools aim to make PCB design affordable

Mentor Graphics has redefined its PCB design tools with three software packages at price-points to address different parts of the design market, and some it is addressing for the first time. The standard product, called PADS is available for $5,000 to be affordable by engineers in small to…

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World IP Day

Today is World IP Day. To mark it the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has published an IP manifesto called An Economy of Ideas…

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SureCore taps Imec

sureCore, the Sheffield low power SRAM IP company, has licensed SRAM IP from Imec.

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Fastest 8051 yet

The most efficient 8051 microcontroller core ever, is the claim of Polish intellectual property firm Digital Core Designs (DCD). Called DQ8051, the quad pipeline core benchmarks at 0.27292 DMips/MHz (Dhrystone 2.1) “29.01 times speed-up over the original 80C51 chip operating at the same frequency,” said…

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Mentor CEO says chips can be protected against hackers

Silicon-based hacking problems are not yet seen as a threat to security on the internet. But this may be because any breaches of security at the silicon level are not reported. It could also be because there are easier ways to penetrate computer networks. Most of the security problems…

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Mentor links IC, package and PCB design in single tool

Mentor Graphics is bringing together the IC design, package design and PCB layout in a single tool environment. The design environment called Xpedition Package Integrator flow can be used to integrate existing IC, package and PCB design tools from Mentor and even third party tools. According to Mentor, the integration…

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Cadence aims to speed design of big 14nm chips

Cadence Design Systems has introduced its next generation place and route IC design tool which includes a new solver-based placement engine and clock optimisation techniques.    Called Innovus Implementation System, the tool’s core algorithms have been enhanced with multi-threading throughout the full flow, as a result designers will…

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