SIMULATION methods & models, COMPUTER software, and APPLICATION-specific integrated circuits
Deals with the emergence of register transfer level (RTL) prototyping, a methodology being adopted by application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) vendors. Drawbacks of event-driven software simulation; Benefits offered by RTL prototyping in design process problems plaguing ASIC; Elements needed in building a RTL prototype.
INTEGRATED circuits, ELECTRONIC industries, ELECTRONIC circuits, and ELECTRONICS
The article focuses on CoMET6, a virtual system prototyping tool developed by VaST Systems Technology Corp. The prototyping tool aims to deliver increased run-time performance for multi-core designs. It also provides direct mapping of OCP-IP TL2 constructs for improved bus communications performance for models using OCP-P TL2. A Virtual Platform Editor entry is also included in the tool.
The article evaluates the ePIXfab silicon photonic prototyping service from Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-LETI) and Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (IMEC).
PROTOTYPES, SEMICONDUCTOR wafers, SILICON, and SEMICONDUCTORS
Reports on the extension of the Shuttle Express enhanced prototyping program of UMC to allow customers to verify advanced designs and prototypes of silicon wafers at a reduced cost. Features of Shuttle Express; Information on the silicon wafers manufactured by UMC; Comments from Ken Liou, director of design support division at UMC.
Reports the launching of the QuickStart free Internet protocol prototyping program from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Terms of license payments; Reason for the offering; Information on the company's CyberShuttle Program.
Reports on a program launched by IMEC and AMI Semiconductor BVBA Belgium under IMEC Europractice integrated circuit service umbrella dubbed mini@sic. Use of the program to universities and research laboratories; Cost of multi-project wafer prototyping; Details on the IMEC Europractice's mini@sic program.
Reports the collaboration of Europractice IC Service and MOSIS for the development of Alternative Mark Inversion Semiconductor (AMIS) technologies. AMIS processes offered by both companies for customers; Significance of the partnership to Europractice and MOSIS.
Focuses on silicon virtual prototype as a solution to the problem with integrating multiple blocks into a single system-on-chip (SOC). Reason behind the inability of the silicon virtual prototype to solve the problem; Type of prototype for multi-million gate SOC designs; Recommendations.
INTEGRATED circuits, INDUSTRIAL applications, SILICON, and DESIGN
Focuses on the use of silicon virtual integrated circuit (IC) prototype tools in system-on-a-chip (SOC) design. Trends that drive SOC design; Challenges posed by the complexity of SOC; Benefits of the silicon virtual IC prototype tools to designers.
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COMPUTER software and REAL-time programming software
Declares that Virtual Prototypes, Inc. (VPI) of Montreal, Quebec is integrating its VAPS software with i-Logix, Inc.'s Statement software. Features including ability for design engineers to model a highly realistic graphical Human Machine Interface (HMI); Examples of how the concept can be applied.
RAPID prototyping, NANOELECTROMECHANICAL systems, and SCANNING probe microscopy
The article informs that a research program has been initiated by Agilent Technologies Inc. in collaboration with Stanford University to explore a new class of nanoscale devices using combinations of the scanning probe microscope (SPM) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). Agilent said that the research will allow the rapid prototyping and characterization of nanoscale devices.
BUSINESS partnerships, INNOVATION adoption, RAPID prototyping, and EMBEDDED computer systems
This article reports on a decision by embedded design company VaST Systems Corp. to join the Wind River Systems Inc. partnership program in an effort to integrate the core technologies of Wind River and the virtual prototyping solutions of VaST Systems. Wind River is also named as a collaborator in another industry effort, the Nexus 5001 Forum, purporting to address multi-processor debugging of embedded systems.
The article reports on the move of Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Synopsis Inc. to launch the 45-nm reference flows which target Common Platform technology in the U.S. Cadence works with Common Platform technology companies to address advanced node design requirements. The flow is expected to provide power savings, communications and mobile electronic devices targeted to the Common Platform technology 45-nm process. It allows designers to perform design exploration and physical prototyping.
COMPUTER software, RAPID prototyping, COMPUTER software industry, and ELECTRIC wiring
The article reports on the availability of the VeSys Electrical Series software applications for the design, analysis, manufacture and service of electrical wiring systems for specialist vehicles from Mentor Graphics Corp. in North America. The goal of the product is to eliminate the hours of traditional manual processes and prototyping. VeSys products can accelerate the electrical and wire harness design processes. The product allows the elimination of manual re-entry of wire data in the creation of harness documentation.
BUSINESS partnerships, PROTOTYPES, APPLICATION-specific integrated circuits, and FIELD programmable gate arrays -- Design & construction
Reports on the partnership between Synopsys Inc. and the prototyping engineers of application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for the development of Xilinx Virtex-4 family of field programmable gate array (FPGA) as of October 2004. Tools that will help designers to quickly reach the ASIC prototyping stage; Statement issued by Gal Hasson, director of marketing for ASIC and FPGA synthesis at Synopsys, about ASIC.
Announces that Sunnyvale, California-based silicon virtual prototyping tools supplier Monterey Design Systems has secured $10 million in equity funding in August 2003. Information on silicon virtual prototyping; Forecast on the market for such tools.
Reports on the partnership between Silicon Perspective Corp. and Plato Design Systems Corp. to combine their First Encounter prototyping tools in September 2001. Benefits from the combination of prototyping tools; Details of the partnership; Factors which contributed to the interest in power routing.
INTEGRATED circuits, MANUFACTURING processes, and SEMICONDUCTOR wafers
The article provides information on the multi-layer mask service (MLM) launched by Hsinchu, Taiwan-based wafer foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Inc. (TSMC). Aimed at prototyping single- or multi-chip verifications or small volume production runs, TSMC introduced what it says is the foundry industry's first MLM for 90-, 80- and 65-nm semiconductor manufacturing process technologies. TSMC said it also offers other mask services including a multi-project wafer prototyping service, CyberShuttle, along with normal production tape-out services.
The article reports on the findings of a survey conducted by Eve regarding electronics design trends and tools. The hardware-assisted verification tool provider conducted a survey during the Design Automation Conference. In terms of hardware/software co-design, 31% of respondents are using emulation, 29% employ field programmable gate array prototyping, 15% have chosen virtual prototyping, 13% use electronic system level tools and 12% are working with instruction set simulation.
NANOTECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, and INTEGRATED circuits
The article reports on the move of European research center IMEC to extend its Europractice Integrated Circuit service by offering the 90 nanometer process technology of UMC. The move aims to offer opportunities for companies and institutions with low-volume manufacturing needs. The collaboration between UMC and IMEC offers Europractice customers the access to advanced technologies for prototyping and low-volume production. Europractice offers a cost-attractive prototyping program for small scale research or student design.