Magma Design Automation, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, and Virage Logic introduced a Unified Power Format (UPF)-compliant RTL-to-GDSII reference flow. The automated, comprehensive solution streamlines the design and manufacture of ICs that use Virage Logic’s intellectual property (IP) and are manufactured in GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 65LPe 65-nanometer (nm) low-power process technology. The reference flow is available from Magma, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Virage Logic upon request.
Virage Logic has expanded their suite of certified, fully-optimized audio codecs. The codecs are available for the AS 211SFX with dual MAC (Multiplier/Accumulator) and have been fully certified and thoroughly tested. Virage Logic’s Sound-to-Silicon audio solution is a complete hardware and software offering that includes the AS 211SFX, an extensive codec portfolio, the Media Streaming Framework, and the Sonic Focus audio post processing software. The audio codecs are delivered as source code and are developed and supported by Virage Logic.
Virage Logic’s Sonic Focus Adaptive Volume audio volume normalizing software normalizes audio levels of movies and music to reduce the need for frequent volume adjustments by the consumer and thereby enhances audio performance in consumer electronics. It has already been licensed for use in PCs, Phone Applications, and USB peripherals. Adaptive Volume is available for PCs (Vista and Windows 7 OS) and a number of embedded processors, such as Virage Logic’s ARC AS 211SFX.
Open-Silicon, MIPS Technologies, and Virage Logic teamed to develop test chips showcasing the companies’ technologies for building high-performance processor-based systems. The companies achieved successful 65 nanometer (nm) silicon testing of a processor test chip at 1.1GHz, making it one of the fastest processors built in a 65nm ASIC. In addition, the companies are now working on a follow-on 40nm device targeting frequencies in excess of 2.5GHz and providing over 5000 DMIPS of performance. Both efforts utilize Open-Silicon’s CoreMAX technology as well as the superscalar MIPS32 74K processor core, a fully synthesizable processor core widely used in high-end digital consumer devices, set top boxes, and networking solutions.