Electronic Design

Tyndall Institute provides crucial services for EDA

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director, Footwasher Media

When most people think of countries with robust technology industries, they consider China, Japan, Korea, the US, Germany and India. Ireland does not leap to mind. However, Ireland is producing more fast-growing technology startups than any other country in the European Union. The top five and 4 of the top 5 semiconductor firms have a significant presence in Ireland and technology products are 25 percent of the country’s exports. Out of all that only 233 of Ireland’s 5,500 technology companies are based outside of the country, according to ICT Ireland.

ICT Ireland reported …

Esencia Technologies tool boosts programmable logic design

Jul 1st, 2012 | By

This year, as almost every year Gary Smith of Gary Smith EDA states that electronic system level (ESL) design is now here. Reality has not always agreed but there are often many signs that say Gary might be on to something. One of them was a tiny startup on the DAC floor called Esencia technologies with an interesting tool kit called Escala.

Among their claims was that Escala could make it possible to replace ASICs with low-end FPGAs in low-volume production systems. Lou Covey from Footwasher Media checked them out in this video interview.


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Univa filling Sun gap in EDA industry

Jun 25th, 2012 | By

Sun Microsystems had been an active partner and participant in the EDA world until Oracle completed its acquisition in 2010.  Suddenly the Sun logo disappeared quite conspicuously from the EDA exhibitions in 2010 and 2011 where Sun had previously been prominent and ubiquitous. A little of that came back in 2012 with Univa taking their first active presence at the Design Automation Conference.

In 2007 Univa helped Sun create the Sun Grid Engine, a job resource and management tool, developed the software to meet Sun’s HPC go-to-market requirements and became a reseller of the engine.  In 2010, however, Oracle decided …

ProFPGA unveils FPGA prototype boards

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

ProFPGA came out of stealth at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) in San Francisco with a technology agnostic hardware system for developing FPGA prototype. ProFPGA is a spinoff from ProDesign Europe (http://www.prodesigncad.de), located in Germany. The system that can be used with Xilinx or Altera FPGAs and can be implemented with any commercially available development tool, including those from Synopsys, Xilinx or Altera.

Flexras debuts Wasga Compiler

Jun 14th, 2012 | By

Flexras Technologies hit the 2012 Design Automation Conference (DAC) with the Wasga Compiler, an FPGA prototype partitioning tool, with some big claims. Turns out the claims were true… sort of. Their partner, Xilinx, confirmed the tool did provide good results quickly. So the hyperbole in their press release can be forgiven. New Tech Press editorial director Lou Covey interviewed the CEO, Hayder Mrabet.