FineSIM adds RF Analysis plus new Tcl Circuit Checks

FineSIM adds RF Analysis plus new Tcl Circuit Checks
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 4:58 pm

At DAC I spent time in the Magma FineSIM demo suite on Monday morning.

Greg Curtis – Product Director, Custom Design Business Unit

– Talus for Digital Design
– FineSim does: SPICE, FastSPICE, Characterization
– Flows Demoed at DAC: High Performance Core, SOC, ASIC/ASSP, AMS, Memory
– What’s New in FineSim?o… Read More


Nimbic (formerly Physware) – 3D Field Solver in the Cloud or Desktop

Nimbic (formerly Physware) – 3D Field Solver in the Cloud or Desktop
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 12:57 pm

I met with Bala Vishwanath, CMO at Nimbic on Monday morning. They had just announced a $6.9M round of venture capital which is something that you rarely hear about in EDA these days, especially during a slow economic recovery.

Intro

Physware – served the package and board markets, co-design challenges (can add IC noise sources).… Read More


The Secret of Analog Design

The Secret of Analog Design
by Paul McLellan on 06-09-2011 at 5:15 pm

Everybody knows that digital designers run on pizza and soda, what one might describe as poor food and weak drinks. At DAC in San Diego I discovered a restaurant that gave away the secret to analog design. And you thought it was a good layout editor and a good circuit simulator. But it turns out that the secret to analog is good food and… Read More


Magma, ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Magma, ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
by Daniel Payne on 06-06-2011 at 11:07 am

Introduction
Monday morning at DAC I attended the breakfast presentation from Magma, ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The 28nm node is ready for business using Magma tools and ARM libraries.

During breakfast I met Karim Arabi, Ph.D. from QualComm. He’s a senior director of engineering in San Diego and wanted to learn more about… Read More


Sunday Night at DAC

Sunday Night at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-05-2011 at 7:23 pm

San Diego Arrival
It’s another picture perfect day in San Diego as I arrived and checked into the Hyatt. The view from the 40th floor looked magnificent, with the Convention Center just a few minutes away in the distance:

Registration

Check in at DAC is quite automated and it took only a minute to receive my official badge with… Read More


GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Design Ecosystem!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Design Ecosystem!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-01-2011 at 11:00 am

GLOBALFOUNDRIES will show off its 28nm design ecosystem at #48DAC next week in San Diego. The company will feature a full design ecosystem for its 28nm High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology, including silicon-validated flows, process design kits (PDKs), design-for-manufacturing (DFM), and intellectual property (IP) in partnership… Read More


ARM vs Intel step 2…Intel’s nervous breakdown about Microsoft… and cut ATOM price

ARM vs Intel step 2…Intel’s nervous breakdown about Microsoft… and cut ATOM price
by Eric Esteve on 06-01-2011 at 8:52 am

In the unspoken war between ARM and Intel, a couple of interesting facts have surfaced during the last few days:

  • Intel nervous breakdown in respect with their 30 years old accomplice in the Wintel gang
  • ATOM latest version Cedar Trail fabbed on 32nm technology, targeted for mobile computing, will be priced at a 30% to 50% discount
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Sagantec 2 Migrate iPad2s @ #48DAC

Sagantec 2 Migrate iPad2s @ #48DAC
by admin on 05-30-2011 at 2:53 pm

Sagantec is the leading EDA provider of process migration solutions for custom IC design. Sagantec’s EDA solutions enable IC designers to leverage their investment in existing physical design IP and accomplish dramatic time and effort savings in the implementation of custom, analog, mixed-signal and memory circuits… Read More


Going to DAC? There’s an app for that

Going to DAC? There’s an app for that
by Paul McLellan on 05-30-2011 at 1:51 pm

Are you going to DAC in San Diego? Do you have an iPhone? In which case Bill Deegan’s dac48 app is something you should install before you get there. It’s free, which makes a nice change from EDA software pricing.

The app substitutes for the various paper, agendas and maps that you need to consult to find exhibitors, check… Read More


New TSMC 28nm Design Ecosystem!

New TSMC 28nm Design Ecosystem!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-28-2011 at 9:23 pm

TSMC rolled out the new reference flows for 28nm design as part of the Open Innovation Platform. The biggest surprise (to me) is that Cadence is STILL in the TSMC reference flows!

The updated TSMC OIP wiki is here, the Reference Flow 12.0 wiki can be found here, the AMS 2.0 reference flow wiki is here, and the official TSMC PR is here. Read More