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Tool speeds ASIP design by five times

A tool which speeds the design of ASIPs (Application-Specific Instruction-set Processors) has been released by Synopsys. The ASIP Designer's language-based approach allows the automatic generation of synthesisable RTL and SDKs from a single input specification, accelerating the processor design and verification effort by up to five times compared to traditional manual approaches. ASIPs are deployed in a wide range of signal-processing intensive applications, including wireless base stations, mobile handsets, audio processing, image processing and cloud computing.
25th March 2015

Address IoT challenges with open source solutions

Wind River has delivered enhancements to its Open Virtualization, Security Profile and Carrier Grade Profile for Wind River Linux. These profiles provide developers with key capabilities to create the safe, secure and reliable intelligent systems that will harness the power of the IoT.
25th March 2015

DevKit shortens development time of machine vision systems

DevKit shortens development time of machine vision systems
  Tokyo Electron Device Limited (TED) has announced the availability of the TB-7Z-ISDK, a DevKit for its industrial grade SoM, TB-7Z-IAE. 
24th March 2015


Graphic toolchain enables users to create advanced HMIs

Bringing more comprehensive support to its Embedded Video Engine (EVE) product offering, FTDI Chip's EVE Screen Designer is available to download for free. Suitable for use with Windows 7 and above, the development suite enables the creation of advanced HMIs, via EVE’s innovative object-oriented approach, without any understanding of EVE display lists.
24th March 2015

Design flow features a virtual die model concept

A design flow solution, which automates the planning, assembly and optimisation of today’s complex multi-die packages, has been introduced by Mentor Graphics. The Xpedition Package Integrator is suitable for IC package and PCB co-design and optimisation. For true IC-to-package co-optimisation, the design flow incorporates a unique virtual die model concept.
24th March 2015

Embedded Workbench now supports Renesas RX71M MCUs

IAR Systems has released version 2.70 of its development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RX family of MCUs. This latest version adds updated device support and example projects for the latest Renesas devices, as well as new features including position-independent code and data. The support includes the new Renesas RX71M group with advanced security features for the industrial IoT.
24th March 2015

Equivalence checking solution enables reliable designs

Microsemi and OneSpin Solutions have announced that the OneSpin 360 Equivalence Checking (EC)-FPGA verification solution now fully supports Microsemi’s Libero SoC design flow. Equivalency checking has become a critical component in the verification of high-reliability designs such as safety critical components, ensuring that no issues are introduced during the design refinement process. 
24th March 2015

Firefox OS optimised for chip featuring MIPS & Power VR

Firefox OS optimised for chip featuring MIPS & Power VR
Imagination Technologies has announced that an experimental version of Firefox OS from Mozilla has been ported to run on a reference tablet incorporating a 1.2 GHz dual-core MIPS CPU and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. This is the same Ingenic JZ4780 chip as can be found inside the recently-launched Creator CI20 microcomputer, and the reference tablet will also support Android 4.4 KitKat.
24th March 2015

VectorCAST/CBA allows users to achieve the mandated 100% code coverage

VectorCAST/CBA allows users to achieve the mandated 100% code coverage
Vector Software have announced the availability of VectorCAST/CBA, which allows users in regulated industries to augment measured coverage with manual analysis to achieve the mandated 100% code coverage. VectorCAST/CBA is available as an add-on for all VectorCAST products and provides an intuitive editor, which allows users to provide analysis for statements, branch outcomes, or MC/DC pairs depending on the coverage level.
23rd March 2015

Oculus Rift dev kit enables anywhere, anytime VR

Oculus Rift dev kit enables anywhere, anytime VR
The team behind Facebook-owned Oculus Rift has announced that Gear VR Innovator Edition, the first development kit for Gear VR, is now available for purchase from Samsung online, for developers in the US (with additional regions to follow). It’s still early days for mobile VR, but budding developers can use Gear VR to begin building inspiring experiences now.
23rd March 2015


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