ENSCO has acquired Quantum3D’s IData Tool Suite and IGL 178 product lines. The acquisition includes supporting assets and staff. The embedded visual computing tools are now part of IData Visual Systems, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of ENSCO. The IData product line consists of a software development toolkit and application elements that provide a highly efficient development environment and high operational performance for digital display devices.
LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has developed a variant of the LDRA tool suite that supports x86 assembler syntax. Catering to a broad range of x86 assembler platforms, including ASM486/386/286/186, Pharlap, MASM and Borland Assembler, the LDRA implementation provides scalable support for any x86 assembler variant. This integration enables certification for legacy applications that would not otherwise be certifiable.
Chip Path Design Systems announced its formation from Parallel Engines Corporation. Chip Path is focusing on a new set of Semiconductor-IP based Architecture tools for ASIC, FPGA and ASSP design. The company has developed a new “One Architecture” specification system that allows a single architecture to be mapped onto multiple implementation platforms. Company labels this approach “Semantic-IC Design,” following in Web 3.0 nomenclature.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) reaffirmed its commitment to the future of open source for embedded development with the acquisition of certain assets of CodeSourcery, Inc. (Granite Bay, CA), the leading provider of open source GNU-based toolchains and services for advanced systems development.
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.
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.
Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) announced it will continue to deliver comprehensive support for the Open Verification Methodology (OVM), and is extending that same level of support for the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM). Key technologies that support OVM and have been extended to support UVM include the Questa® advanced verification platform, the Questa Multi-view Verification Components library and the Veloce® emulation platform.
CEITEC S.A. announced that the company has formed an alliance with Cadence® Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), the global leader in EDA360, under which the Brazilian chipmaker will use a broad selection of Cadence electronic design automation (EDA) products and services to design semiconductors.
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.