Archive for March, 2011

HDL Design House Adopts Magma’s Full Suite of Software to Accelerate SoC and IP Development

March 31st, 2011

Magma Design Automation Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), a provider of chip design software, and HDL Design House, creators of re-usable IP cores, verification components and behavioral simulation models, today announced that HDL Design House has adopted the full suite of Magma chip design software, including the Talus® digital IC implementation system and the Titan™ mixed-signal design platform. With Magma as its primary EDA vendor, HDL Design House will now be able to provide its clients with complete mixed-signal system on chip (SoC) design services, and be able to augment their current family of soft digital IP cores with analog IP. Its proven technology leadership was crucial in HDL Design House’s decision to standardize on Magma’s digital and analog implementation, simulation, and verification and characterization software.

“Our customers range from small start-up companies to multi-national corporations in the semiconductor, wireless and medical industries and have varying design requirements,” said Predrag Markovic, president and CEO, HDL Design House. “With Magma’s full suite of design software, we can accelerate the delivery of our portfolio of design IP, and meet our customers’ varying requirements with a combination of world class expertise in, and best-in-class tools for, digital and analog design, verification and characterization.”
“Magma offers a broad portfolio of leading-edge technology that solves designers’ toughest problems,” said Premal Buch, general manager of Magma’s Design Implementation Business Unit. “By providing advanced capabilities, fast performance and high levels of automation, Magma provides HDL Design House with comprehensive solutions that deliver outstanding quality of results and faster turnaround time.”

Magma: “Fastest Path to Silicon”™
Offering a truly integrated IC design system and highly automated flow, Magma provides designers with the “Fastest Path to Silicon.” The Talus digital implementation system combines traditionally separate front-end and back-end chip design into an integrated flow that’s designed to eliminate iterations between the synthesis and place-and-route processes, accelerate the design cycle and reduce IC development costs. The Titan environment includes the comprehensive Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform, and the Titan Accelerators, a set of breakthrough point-tool technologies that integrate with and augment existing analog/mixed-signal design flows. The Titan Accelerators provide unique capabilities that dramatically improve analog design productivity, and enable true analog design reuse. Unlike legacy flows, the Titan Accelerators are next-generation design technologies that provide capabilities for rapidly designing, analyzing and optimizing circuit designs and layouts, and implementing them in today’s advanced process geometries. The Titan Mixed-Signal Design Platform tightly integrates mixed-signal implementation with digital implementation, circuit simulation, transistor-level extraction and verification – providing a quantum leap in efficiency and productivity for analog designers.


Microsoft Donates $1 Million in Software to Los Angeles Unified School District

March 31st, 2011

“Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner visited Garfield High School alongside Superintendent-elect Dr. John Deasy to celebrate Microsoft ‘s announcement of a major contribution to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Educational Foundation. The donation comes in the form of $1 million in Microsoft software to be installed in more than 500 Parent Centers across the district,” Microsoft informed.

LAUSD Parent and Family Centers serve as the hub for school volunteerism and provide trainings for parents to support their child’s academic success. Microsoft ‘s donation will help parents to play an effective role in their children’s education through the use of technology.

Turner and Deasy were joined by more than 50 attendees, including School Board Member Yolie Flores; LAUSD Chief Information Officer Ronald S. Chandler; LAUSD Administrator of Parent and Community Services Chris Downing, Garfield Principal Jose P. Huerta, Asst. Principal Ramiro Rubalcaba and Parent Center Resource Liaison Rosie Marquez. Also in attendance were parents that have used the LAUSD Parent and Family Centers, including Alicia Aviña, parent of an 11th-grader, Nicolasa Aquino, parent of a 10th-grader, Rosa Moreno, parent of a 10th-grader and 12th-grader and Maricela Huizar, parent of an 11th-grader.

Board member Flores referenced the recent budget news, remarking that she “hopes that during this time of budget cuts, the leadership of Microsoft will spark a trend of other business that will help the students and families within the Los Angeles community.”

Turner discussed the academic challenges that face Los Angeles students and shared Microsoft ‘s ongoing commitment to positively impact the lives of students by bridging the gap between students, parents and teachers – all through the use of software resources. With a dropout rate of almost 60 percent in Los Angeles, parents need to be engaged with their kids and schooling and do better for themselves to show their children that there is something to work for.

Microsoft’s contributions will encourage parents and guardians to support their children academically, ranging from lessons for kindergartners to finding scholarships online for seniors preparing for graduation.

“This donation is a testament not only to our strong partnership with LAUSD, but also of our belief in the value of investing in this community and the opportunity to impact the lives of more than 50,000 parents and households locally,” said Turner. “At Microsoft , we’re passionate about providing tools and technology training aimed at education and workforce development and this grant will empower parents to shape and actively participate in future opportunities for their children.”


Access To Money Announces Acquisition of Triton’s Prism Software

March 31st, 2011

Access to Money, Inc, one of the largest providers and non-bank operators of ATMs in the United States, has acquired Triton Systems Prism Operating Software.

The Prism Software is used to drive ATM transactions on machines utilizing a Window’s XP Operating Platform.

Richard Stern, President and CEO stated, “Acquiring the Prism Software allows Access to Money to deploy more functionally enhanced ATMs at a cheaper, more competitive price. Moreover, we can now work directly with equipment manufacturers to design ATMs in response to specific market demands.”**


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