The two Gold Sponsors, ChipEstimate.com and InfoTech, didn't fall far from the tree. ChipEstimate offers their InCyte Chip Estimator (depicted on the right) to help users visualize tradeoffs throughout the chip design cycle.
Design specifications will include selection of gate counts, performance goals, off-chip bus connections, memory configurations, and optional connectivity. ChipEstimate users can look through the IP portfolios of their partners to select an IP vendor or see which foundries support the IP they select.
Infotech Enterprises bases their solutions on global collaborative engineering. They draw on 8,000 professionals at 30 locations worldwide to meet complex engineering challenges. The teams hold many industry standard certifications such as AS9100 and ISO 27001.
They provide concept to silicon and system prototype solutions for ASIC/FPGA engineering and embedded software development. Their design concepts cross nodes up to 28nm. They specialize in product development, lifecycle support, geospatial engineering and plant engineering.
Fabless UK chip maker ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products. The company offers 32 bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, and video engines, as well as enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memory, and high speed connectivity products. They claim to provide a total system solution for a fast path to market. Their technology roadmap can be seen in the image below.
This year's Common Platform Technology Forum was not a consumer electronics show. It was a series of hard-core, chip design, foundry manufacturing, product delivery sessions for industry insiders that was geared to engineers, with presentations of serious scientific R&D situations. If you didn't have one when you went, you felt as if you had been studying for a PhD dissertation by the time you left.
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