NanGate, a provider of physical intellectual property (IP) and a leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software, offers tools and services for creation and validation of physical library IP, and analysis and optimization of digital design. NanGate’s suite of solutions includes Library Creation Platform, NanGate Design Optimizer, MegaLibrary IP, and professional services. NanGate’s solution enables IC design to optimize in performance and power, while significantly reducing area and cost. The solution, as a complement to existing design flows, deliver results that previously can only be achieved with resource intensive custom design techniques. NanGate is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has offices in Denmark and Russia.
STMicroelectronics – ST
STMicroelectronics is the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company with net revenues of US$9.84 billion in 2008. The Company’s sales are well balanced among the semiconductor industry’s five major high-growth sectors (approximate percentage of ST’s sales in 2008): Communications (36%), Consumer (17%), Computer (16%), Automotive (15%) and Industrial (17%). According to the latest industry data from iSuppli, ST holds market leadership in many fields. For example, the Company is the leading producer of application-specific analog chips and power conversion devices. It is the #1 supplier of semiconductors for the Industrial market, set-top box applications, and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) chips for portable and consumer devices, including game controllers and smart phones. ST also occupies leading positions in fields as varied as automotive integrated circuits, chips for computer peripherals, and the rapidly expanding market for MEMS overall. ST aims to be the leader in multimedia convergence and power applications, offering one of the world’s broadest product portfolios, including application-specific products containing a large proprietary IP (Intellectual Property) content and multi-segment products that range from discrete devices to highperformance microcontrollers, secure smart card chips and MEMS devices, Digital Consumer applications, data storage, printing, visual display units, power management and power supplies. A wide range of ST’s ASSPs (Application Specific Standard Products) power sophisticated Automotive systems such as engine control, vehicle safety equipment, door modules, and in-car infotainment The Company also supplies industrial integrated circuits (IC) for factory automation systems, chips for lighting, battery chargers and power supplies, as well as chips for advanced Secure Access applications. ST pioneered and continues to refine the use of platform-based design methodologies for complex ICs in demanding applications such as mobile multimedia, set-top boxes and computer peripherals. ST completed the creation of two joint ventures in 2008, a new company, Numonyx, dedicated to providing non-volatile memory solutions, including NAND and NOR Flash memories as well as MCP (multi-chip package) memory solutions, and In mid 2008, ST and NXP combined their key wireless semiconductor operations in a joint venture, in which ST held 80%. In February 2009, ST acquired the minority stake from NXP and merged its wireless operations with Ericsson Mobile Platforms to create ST-Ericsson, a 50/50 joint venture focusing on semiconductors and platforms for mobile applications. In advanced CMOS, ST is a partner in the IBM consortium for the development of next-generation process technologies, including 32nm and 22nm CMOS process development, design enablement and advanced research adapted to the manufacturing of 300mm silicon wafers. These industrial partnerships are complemented by a wide range of research programs conducted with leading universities and research institutes around the world, in addition to playing a key role in Europe’s advanced technology research programs such as CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics), a successor to MEDEA+, and industry initiatives such as ENIAC (European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council).
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 68,000 employees in more than 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Thales believes innovation is key in mastering complexity. Ideas that can make a real difference are being made possible through dynamic, open partnerships with key universities, SMEs and international research laboratories.
Thales develops strategic capabilities in component, software and system engineering and architectures through its Research & Technology (R&T) organisation. For example, this organization develops innovative solutions along the information chain exploiting sensors data, through expertise in computational architectures in embedded systems, mathematics and technologies for decision involving information fusion and cognitive processing, and model driven engineering.
A key mission of Thales Research & Technology centres is bi-directional transfer between scientific research and the corresponding businesses. Benefiting from its presence and visibility on the international scene in advanced sciences, technology and software, Thales R&T is perceived as a valuable partner of the best research centres (academic or industrial) through recognised scientists and research engineer participation in collaborative projects.
Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre, imec
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society.
Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of about 1,900 people includes more than 500 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2010, imec’s revenue (P&L) was 285 million euro.
Further information on imec can be found on its institutional web site.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a “stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (imec vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting imec Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government) and imec Taiwan (imec Taiwan Co.).
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – UPC
UPC is one of the main technical universities in Spain. It is specialized in the areas of engineering, science and architecture. It has around 30,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students (PhD and Master). It has a teaching staff of nearly 3,000. The UPC participation in the Synaptic project is through the research group “High Performance Integrated Circuits and Systems Design Group” (HIPICS), in the Department of Electronic Engineering. This research group more than 15 years of experience have covered several areas of research: Design and Test techniques of integrated circuits, Energy Harvesting, Design of CMOS RF circuits, and Design techniques of integrated circuits tolerant to noise and process variations.
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS
UFRGS is one of the largest Brazilian Universities, ranking in top positions for graduate and undergraduate courses on Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Microelectronics. The project will involve personnel of the Group of Computational Tools for Integrated Circuit Design of the Departamento de Informática Aplicada, composed of 2 professors, and around 15 researchers divided into Post-doc grantees, PhD students, MsC1 students and undergraduate students. The research group has long been active in the field of computational tools for integrated circuit design, especially at the cell level where the group developed a unique competence in switch theory and transistor network generation and evaluation.
Politecnico di Milano – POLIMI
Politecnico di Milano is one of the largest Italian Engineering Universities, ranked among the best three. The project will involve personnel of the Embedded systems design and design methodologies of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, composed of 4 full professors, 6 associate professors, and a number of assistant professors and PhD students. The research group has long been active in the field of designing computer architectures and developing methodologies and prototype tools to support the automation of different phases of design of advanced embedded systems.
Leading Edge snc – LE
Leading Edge is a privately held company specialising in the introduction of innovative EDA technologies to the European marketplace. Leading Edge was formed in 2005 and benefits from the considerable EDA experience gained by the founders while working for major players in the EDA arena such as Synopsys, Mentor Graphics and Magma Design Automation. Leading Edge provides technical consulting and commercial services to a number of European and US-based EDA startups. Leading Edge also provides training courses on various design-related topics and is a certified training center for Mentor Graphics and a member of the Altera Training Partner Program.