Mentor Graphics and Stonestreet One teamed together to integrate the Nucleus Real Time Operating System (RTOS) with the Bluetopia protocol stack. Seamless integrating Stonestreet One’s Bluetopia with Mentor’s Nucleus RTOS will enable developers to create innovative products for low power and connectivity with ease and reliability.
SEMATECH developed a die-to-wafer interconnect process using a die-tacking and collective-bonding approach on a 300mm wafer platform for 3D-IC applications. Composite wafers containing a 50µm thin through-silicon-via (TSV) wafer attached to a supporting handle wafer were populated with dice using a short, low-temperature tacking process. SEMATECH presented their wafer bonding research at the Device Packaging Conference (DPC).
Cadence Design Systems has expanded their portfolio of verification IP (VIP) and memory models for SoC, and System-level verification engineers and designers. The expanded Cadence VIP offering now supports all major third party simulators. As a result, Cadence offers designers a one-stop shop of mainstream and emerging protocols for developing and verifying advanced electronic designs.
Freescale Semiconductor and CriticalBlue Limited have expanded their relationship with an alliance focused on streamlining embedded multicore software development for Freescale platforms. CriticalBlue’s Prism development environment will support a broader range of Freescale’s QorIQ and Power Architecture-based multicore products. In addition, the companies will co-develop tools, extensions and methods to help customers more easily migrate software developed for single core targets to multicore platforms, and to optimize parallel compute performance once the software has been migrated.
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.
Freescale Semiconductor announced that it has acquired certain key assets of Swell Software, an industry leader in graphical user interface (GUI) software tools. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Swell Software, based in Port Huron, Mich., was founded in 1997 with the mission to provide a GUI solution for embedded systems.
The four-year SPEEDS (SPEculative and Exploratory Design in Systems Engineering) project, funded under the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme, has come to a highly successful conclusion. The SPEEDS project has resulted in the definition of a novel end-to-end design methodology, process and tool environment for model-based safety-critical embedded systems that significantly improves design quality while reducing both design cycle times and costs.
In a recently published report analyzing the markets for embedded software and system engineering solutions, VDC Research estimates that the market for software development tools in 2009 reached over $290 million. While this represents a market contraction of greater than 10% from 2008, VDC expects the embedded software development tools market will recover and grow cautiously in 2010 with incrementally higher growth rates through 2012.
Imperas announced a flow with Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) focused on enabling more productive and higher quality embedded software development with the Mentor Graphics® Nucleus Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) and the Mentor Embedded[TM] software tools. With firmware and application software development taking the majority of the resources for developing embedded, creating new flows for embedded software is increasingly important. The Imperas flow with Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division (ESD) tools, including the Mentor Nucleus RTOS and EDGE products, makes it easier to use the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) open source models for the development of embedded systems.
Vector Software, the leading provider of software test tools for embedded systems, announced extended support for the Renesas High-Performance Embedded Workshop (HEW) development environment. This newest integration enables users to unit test their code and measure code coverage automatically on M16C/R8C and SuperH (SH) simulators.