Imec and Altos Design Automation will to set up a library re-characterization service based on Altos characterization tools. imec will extend their ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) prototyping and volume fabrication service with library re-characterization, which is essential when designing in 65nm and 40nm nodes.
CoWare announced the Versatile Virtual Reference Board with access provided through Software as a Service (SaaS). The Virtual Platform is a soft emulator of the ARM RealView Versatile Platform Baseboard for ARM926-EJS provided for educational purposes only. It includes a virtualized Ethernet Controller, UARTs, keyboard and mouse interfaces, and a frame-buffer console that enables designers to interact with the platform. The packages come with a complete Linux software stack, including kernel and file-system. A comprehensive user’s guide introduces the usage of virtual platforms for embedded software development.