Mentor Graphics introduced a new program that combines Mentor Embedded professional services and products specifically for hardware companies. The new Mentor Embedded Hardware Enablement Program features services and training for embedded Android, Linux, open source tools (GNU, GCC, Eclipse), user interface (UI) creation, and vertical markets like in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), smart energy and retail applications. The full range of Mentor Embedded products and services for hardware vendors is available now.
Cadence Design Systems introduced DFM Services for TSMC 40-nanometer technology and below. The design-for-manufacturing (DFM) services include model-based simulation of litho-process checks (LPC) and virtual chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) verification for designs down to 28nm. The goal is to help design teams effectively detect litho or CMP hotspots and fix them prior to tapeout. Cadence DFM Services feature turnkey access to DFM analysis based on TSMC’s DFM Data Kit (DDK), and DFM Services output analysis reports.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, introduced the Cadence® SOI Design Hub, a new Web portal that lowers the barriers to adopting silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology through comprehensive silicon-proven design enablement solutions and services. The SOI Design Hub is aimed at reducing SOI adoption start-up costs, cutting time to market for SOI intellectual property (IP), and improving design quality.
Open-Silicon, Inc., a leading SoC design and semiconductor manufacturing company, announced the acquisition of Silicon Logic Engineering (SLE) to enhance the company’s derivative IC design capabilities. The SLE team, based in Eau Claire, Wis., joined Open-Silicon effective December 7, 2009. SLE was founded in 1996 from senior engineers formerly with supercomputer company Cray Research.
Plextek, the Cambridge-based electronics and communications design consultancy, has launched a range of strategic consulting activities to cover environmental advice and evaluation. Plextek is now able to help clients in communications equipment and services markets to evaluate technology options that both benefit the environment and make sense economically. A commercial advantage can also be generated thanks to the current dynamic regulatory environment.
Esterel Technologies, the leading worldwide provider of model-based development solutions for mission and safety-critical systems announce the formal creation of the Esterel Technologies Safety Team. This team of experts is focused purely on the domain specific needs in each of the critical software markets Esterel Technologies addresses with its SCADE family of products and associated professional services.
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Accenture have entered into an agreement for Accenture to acquire Nokia’s Symbian Professional Services unit responsible for Symbian OS customer engineering and customer support. The unit provides engineering consulting and product development services on a global basis to mobile phone manufacturers, as well as chip manufacturers and mobile operators.
Tensilica,® Inc. announced that SiliconXpress has become its newest authorized design center. SiliconXpress is a fabless chip provider, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, offering one-stop design, fabrication, test, and packaging services. Tensilica is a major semiconductor IP (intellectual property) supplier specializing in dataplane processor cores which are a combination of CPU (central processing unit) and DSP (digital signal processor) that can be rapidly customized to provide 10-100x the performance of standard CPUs and DSPs.
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) announced the enhancement of its wireless design services by Spectrum Design with fixed price offerings. Spectrum Design is a Digi subsidiary that offers complete hardware and software wireless design services, including wireless strategy consulting and product customization for specific customer needs. This enables OEMs to quickly and easily add wireless capabilities to new and existing products. Spectrum Design now offers fixed prices on select services making it easier and faster for customers to begin working with Spectrum Design’s team of wireless experts.
Nakaya Microdevices Corporation (NMD), Amkor Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMKR) and Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding expressing their intent to form a joint venture in Japan that will provide system LSI assembly and testing services. The structure, terms and amounts of each party’s contributions and other support for the joint venture have not yet been determined. The commencement of joint venture operations is targeted for October 1, 2009 but is subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements, due diligence and the receipt of any necessary government approval.
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