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In my last blog, I asked all of you to send me your design innovations. Thanks for your over-whelming response…and keep the emails coming in. And what better way to start the New Year than to talk about ST Microelectronics and its innovations! I’m pretty darn sure that most you have heard about the company. But for those of you that haven’t, ST Microelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. The company is at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology with a rare combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partnerships, and innovative products.
Here are a few of the recent design innovations that have flowed out of the ST Microelectronics fountain-head:
STDP3100 - World’s first single-chip DisplayPort-to-VGA converter aids in the rapid transition to DisplayPort as the next-generation display interconnect standard targeted for cable adapters, notebook motherboards, and docking stations( http://www.st.com/stonline/stappl/cms/press/news/year2009/p2358.htm)STA339BWS - World’s first single-chip audio power amplification with advanced DSP processing features such as MultiBand DRC targets next-generation flat-panel TVs and other small form-factor sound systems (http://www.st.com/stonline/stappl/cms/press/news/year2009/p2359.htm) STi7141 - World's first single-chip device with support for high-definition TV, and sophisticated DVR (Digital Video Recorder) targets Innovative High-End Cable TV Services with Single-Chip Set-Top-Box IC Combining High-Definition and Interactive Capabilities (http://www.st.com/stonline/stappl/cms/press/news/year2009/p2356.htm) Frankly, it’s a great pleasure for Cadence to be working in close collaboration with such a world-class design company and helping introduce such tremendous design innovations. Here’s a recent announcement about how ST Microelectronics used the Cadence Encounter Digital Implementation System on 40- and 32-Nanometer flows (http://www.cadence.com/cadence/newsroom/press_releases/Pages/pr.aspx?xml=012109_st). And for further insights into the in-depth capabilities of the new Encounter Digital Implementation System, you can check out a recently published interview: http://www.ciol.com/Semicon/SemiSpeak/Interviews/Cadences-Encounter-to-take-on-Synopsys-Galaxy/16109114916/0/ Cheers to a new and hopeful 2009…as we tackle together advanced design challenges with new innovations. And yes, keep sending me your design innovations.-Rahul