Posts Tagged ‘ Cadence ’

Rising custom IC costs could eat into Apple’s nest egg

Apr 10th, 2012 | By

By Lou Covey, Editorial Director

It’s time to stop wondering what Apple is going to do with its cash reserve after it pays out dividends to stock holders.  If what Cadence’s Tom Beckley says about the next generation of chips holds true, Apples is going to need every dime to create the next generation of processors for the iPad and iPhone.

Beckley, senior vice president of R&D in the Cadence Custom IC group, was the keynote speaker at the 2012 International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design in Santa Clara (ISQED) addressing “Taming the Challenges in Advance Node Design.”  …



Magma acquisition will light a fire under the EDA industry

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

A Footwasher Media Analysis
By Lou Covey, Editorial Director

The acquisition of Magma Design Automation by Synopsys was arguably the biggest story of the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry in 2011.  It will also most likely end up being the biggest EDA story of 2012 as well.

Most observers were stunned at the news, and not because it was an unlikely fit.  It’s actually a great fit and gives Synopsys a virtual stranglehold on the digital IC design market. It was improbable because of the deep-set enmity between the two companies, especially between the two CEOs, Aart DeGeus and Rajeev …



Synthesis Needs to Change to Serve Modern Chip Design

Jun 2nd, 2009 | By

By Tets Maniwa

Senior contributing editor for New Tech Press
Copyright March 2009 by Footwasher Media

As EDA tools evolve, the resulting products try to increase automation. Unfortunately, the last great advance was from schematics to language-based design starting with the first synthesis tools in the mid-80’s. Designs have grown more challenging and complex over the past 25 years as process geometries have gone from 0.5mm to 32nm and design from 100,000 gates to over 100,000,000 gates.

As process dimensions shrink below 90nm, synthesis tools must provide more information to the back-end tools than previous generations of the processes and