Berkeley Design Automation released their Analog FastSPICE AMS. AFS AMS combines the foundry certified Analog FastSPICE circuit simulator with any leading Verilog hardware description language (HDL) simulator to provide full Verilog-AMS language support. It offers simple, fast, and accurate verification of complex nanometer-scale mixed-signal circuits.
Autodesk announced an Android version of their ForceEffect conceptual simulation app. ForceEffect replaces the slide ruler, protractor and manual calculations that engineers have relied upon for years. According to the company, the app represents the next evolution of engineering technology. The app was first launched for iOS devices in November 2011. To date, the free app has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
UMC has certified Synopsys’ StarRC parasitic extraction solution for their latest 28-nanometer (nm) process technologies. UMC’s validation of StarRC extends the benefits of Synopsys’ state-of-the-art process modeling and extraction technology to UMC’s 28-nanometer customers. This enables engineers to deliver high-performance 28-nanometer devices to market with increased confidence.
Synopsys team with Applied Materials to create technology computer-aided design (TCAD) models for next-generation semiconductor devices. The models derived from this TCAD collaboration will enable engineers to speed up process development for 14-nanometer (nm) and 11-nm logic and new memory chip technologies. This will reduce cost and speed time-to-market.
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited has developed the world’s fastest simulation technology for systems using the ARM computing core, which is widely used in mobile phones and other electronic devices. Fujitsu’s simulation technology is able to faithfully reproduce hardware operations with cycle-for-cycle real-time accuracy. The technology will help reduce the development cycle for systems and devices using ARM cores and encourage the development of a greater diversity of ARM-based systems.
AWR has published a white paper. The new article is titled, AWR’s Visual System Simulator Co-simulates with NI’s LabVIEW for Enhanced Signal Processing Capabilities. The technical paper highlights how AWR’s Visual System Simulator (VSS) software and National Instruments’ (NI) LabVIEW graphical programming environment co-simulate and enable designers to analyze, optimize, and verify complex RF circuits, subsystems and digital signal processing within a unified framework.
D2S launched the TrueMask DS mask-wafer double simulation accelerated workstation. It can help mask shops and wafer fabs with qualifying and optimizing 20nm node and below designs. TrueMask is ideal for R&D exploration, bit-cell design, hot-spot analysis and mask-defect categorization that comprehends overlapping eBeam shots and dose modulation. D2S TrueMask DS is available now.
Synopsys has acquired nSys Design Systems Private Limited. The deal is structured as an acquisition of substantially all the assets and employees of nSys. Other details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. nSys is an independent provider of verification IP (VIP).
According to Mentor Graphics, 87% of respondents in a recent survey indicated it was either mandatory or highly desirable to have high-level synthesis tools integrated with ESL flows. With that in mind, Mentor has enhanced their Catapult C high-level synthesis tool to support the synthesis of transaction level models (TLMs). TLM synthesis results in a TLM 2.0-based solution for virtual prototyping and hardware implementation, and enables the creation of synthesis-ready virtual platforms.
PrismTech[tm], a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, announced that it has acquired the tools business of Zeligsoft, a leading vendor of model-based development tools for embedded software systems. The acquisition follows on from a successful partnering agreement signed in July 2009 that created Spectra CX, which is now the most widely used SCA-compliant development tool by SDR developers. This immediate success quickly led to acquisition discussions that resulted in this announcement.