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Synopsys swallows Synplicity

In a deal valued at more than $225million, Synopsys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Synplicity. The latter offers a range of fpga and ic design and verification products targeted at a range of electronics markets.

Distance learning

The Institute for System Level Integration has developed a new distance learning course on CMOS Analogue Circuit Design.

Funding keeps Liquavista on track

Fabless display company Liquavista has raised €8million in Series B funding, with existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, GIMV and New Venture Partners all participating.

White Paper outlines the road to an Innovation Nation

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has published a White Paper which outlines its plans to make the UK ‘the best place in the world to run an innovative business’. The White Paper – called Innovation Nation – argues that innovation is essential to the UK’s future prosperity and its ability to tackle major challenges like climate change.

Cadence acquires Chip Estimate

In a move designed to improve decision making in the early stages of chip design, Cadence has acquired Chip Estimate. The latter’s products enable design teams to predict the die size, yield, power consumption, performance and cost of chips based on almost any architecture and process node.

Top 10 oems buy $91bn worth of semis

The top 10 OEMs bought $91billion worth of semiconductors in 2007, according to preliminary results from Gartner. The figure is said to represent a third of all semiconductor consumption. Leading applications were pcs and mobile phones.

European semi sales slide

Revenues from sales of semiconductors in Europe declined by 6% in the fourth quarter of 2007 and by 1.9% for the full year, according to DMASS, the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists. The group claimed distribution revenues in Q4 were €1.21billion and €5.37bn Euro for 2007.

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