Cadence Design Systems has acquire Cosmic Circuits. The IC and Systems business of Cosmic Circuits will be spun off into a separate new company to be owned by certain existing shareholders of Cosmic Circuits. The acquisition is expected to close in 30 to 60 days, and is not expected to have a material impact on Cadence’s 2013 results of operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Cadence Design Systems has enhanced their Virtuoso-based custom/analog flow. The expanded custom/analog flow helps designers manage design parasitics, a DFM capability integrated within the Virtuoso environment, and the integrated Virtuoso Power System. The new features increase productivity across the entire flow from initial design specification to final GDSII and for process nodes down to 20 nanometers. The custom analog flow includes Virtuoso Schematic Editor, Virtuoso Analog Design Environment, Virtuoso Multi-Mode Simulation technologies, Virtuoso Layout Suite, Virtuoso Power System, and Virtuoso DFM.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, announced that they have collaborated to qualify Synopsys’ custom design solution with TowerJazz’s 180-nanometer (nm) power management (PM) interoperable process design kit (iPDK) and analog/mixed-signal (AMS) PM reference flow. The qualified solution from Synopsys includes the Galaxy Custom Designer® implementation, HSPICE® circuit simulation, CustomSim[tm] FastSPICE simulation, and StarRC[tm] parasitic extraction tools. The TowerJazz AMS PM Reference Flow with the 180-nm iPDK provides mutual customers with a comprehensive, productive and open custom design solution.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, unveiled new HSPICE® Precision Parallel (HPP) multi-threading technology that delivers up to 7X simulation speed-up for complex analog and mixed-signal designs. In addition to the new HPP technology, the HSPICE 2010 solution includes enhanced convergence algorithms, advanced analog analysis features and foundry-qualified support for process design kits (PDKs) that extend HSPICE gold-standard accuracy to the verification of complex circuits such as phase-locked loops, SERDES, data converters, high-precision custom digital and power management. With HSPICE 2010, design teams can accelerate verification of their analog circuits across process variation corners and reduce the risk of silicon respins.
Magma® Design Automation (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, announced TSMC has validated the Titan[tm] Mixed-Signal Design Platform and FineSim[tm] SPICE and FineSim Pro circuit simulation products for TSMC’s first Analog/Mixed-Signal (AMS) Reference Flow inclusion, targeting its most advanced 28-nanometer (nm) process technology. The TSMC AMS Reference Flow 1.0 aims to address advanced process effects to accelerate next-generation analog/mixed-signal IC designs. The combination of the AMS Reference Flow and Magma’s Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform and FineSim circuit simulator provide users with an integrated front-end and back-end analog design solution that accelerates time-to-market by improving designer productivity and enabling analog design reuse.
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as an industry-standard language for electronic system-level (ESL) design, released the SystemC Analog/Mixed-signal (AMS) extensions language standard, AMS 1.0. The AMS 1.0 standard is the first modeling language targeting system-level design and verification to describe analog/mixed-signal behavior as natural extension to existing SystemC-based design methodologies.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, announced that APAC IC Layout Consultant, Inc., a global provider of IC physical design services, has adopted Synopsys’ Galaxy Custom Designer[tm] implementation solution. APAC IC, based in the Philippines, benefited from the ease with which Galaxy Custom Designer can be adopted to quickly achieve high productivity for its team of layout engineers servicing a worldwide customer base. APAC IC selected Galaxy Customer Designer because of its productive and streamlined design environment and its openness for interoperability. APAC IC’s custom design flow also includes Synopsys’ HSPICE® circuit simulation, CustomSim[tm] FastSPICE simulator, Hercules[tm] physical verification and StarRC[tm] parasitic extraction solutions.
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the leading analog/mixed-signal foundry, announced that X-FAB has expanded its support to include Synopsys’ Galaxy Custom Designer[tm] implementation solution. X-FAB now fully supports Synopsys’ Galaxy[tm] Implementation Platform across its wide range of advanced modular CMOS process technologies for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) applications.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the leader in global electronic design innovation, announced that it will collaborate with STARC to develop the Japanese electronic design consortium’s next-generation analog/mixed-signal reference flow. Cadence and STARC will use Cadence® Virtuoso® IC 6.1 technology as the platform for developing the STARCAD-AMS flow. STARC is a consortium made up of 10 electronics companies, six of whom participate in the areas of analog and mixed-signal design.