Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are based on scrypt hashing algorithms (Lifecoin, Auroracoin, Dogecoin, and Mastercoin) are on the rise. Scrypt-based cryptocurrency ASIC mining solution start-up Flower Technologies and eSi-RISC soft processor core and encryption and peripherals company EnSilica have partnered to develop the Orchid, which boasts high hashing speed, energy efficiency, and price/performance for an ASIC scrypt miner.
The European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who make innovative contributions to electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems. Symtavision Board member Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst has had a major role in automotive systems, HW/SW co-design, and as chair of many conferences.
EMA Design Automation (EMA) and AEi Systems have announced the latest version, 4.1, of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator. “This update to the power IC model library will make it easier for our PSpice customers to obtain high quality bench tested models,” says Manny Marcano, President and CEO of EMA.
FTDI Chip has released its second Application Oriented Controller (AOC), the FT51, claimed to be one of the highest performance 8051-compatible cores available. This AOC uses a highly effective processor core, a number of ADCs and DACs, and a variety of interconnects.
The annual award has been presented to individuals whose contributions made a significant impact within EDA since 1994. The nominee’s contributions should fall into any or a combination of the following categories:
One of the major issues to IC design now and going forward is manufacturing process variations impacting product yield. Achieving high yield means functionally working die while delivering high performance and rapidly getting to market. The typical design flow has inherent issues and as a result, the design for yield (DIY) centric design flow has been developed.
Avago Technologies and LSI Corporation announced an agreement for Avago to acquire LSI for $11.15 per share in cash. The acquisition brings market leader LSI’s $5B in annual revenue through enterprise storage to Avago’s wired, wireless, and industrial business.
High-density 45 nm Serial NOR Flash from Micron Technology doubles programming speed and provides improved performance, higher manufacturing efficiency, and a smaller footprint. The MT25Q SPI NOR devices are targeted to consumer, automotive, industrial, and networking applications.
512 Mb, 1 Gb, and 2 Gb densities
Standard SPI interface
2 MBps programming speed
66 MBps read performance
First 2 Gb device in a 6 mm x 8 mm BGA package
Drop-in compatibility with legacy NOR devices make it an option for new and existing designs. Best-in-class 2 MBps programming speed, improved erase performance, and 66 MBps read performance enable quick updates and boot performance. The small package also lends itself to shrinking footprint requirements.