Canadian group hopes to speed SoC development

Feb. 11, 2002 – The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. announced the purchase of design collaboration and semiconductor intellectual property distribution software from Synchronicity Inc. to facilitate the rollout of Canada’s System-On-Chip Research Network.

The SOC Research Network will allow university researchers, students and industry to meet the challenge of the global shift from discrete chip-based electronics products to those that implement complete systems on a single chip.

Canadian university researchers, students and their industry partners will use Synchronicity’s IP Gear Publisher Suite to facilitate distribution and support of IP cores, such as those from ARM plc, to professors and students at the 32 universities in the new Research Network.

The Publisher Suite will also be used to facilitate the transfer of the GDSII design layout files, in a managed fashion, from any of the member universities to the semiconductor fabrication company used by CMC to produce prototype devices. Finally, the Synchronicity Developer Suite will enable collaborative design among researchers at multiple universities and industry partners.

The CMC is a unique model of government/industry/university collaboration that delivers advanced tools and technologies to enable leading-edge research in Canadian universities and high-quality training of future employees in industry.

Established in 1984, CMC is a not-for-profit organization and is supported by contributions of technology, services and cash from industry and by matching funding from the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Through Queen’s University, CMC is also managing major grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust to deliver research infrastructure for system-on-chip investigations at Canadian universities. CMC’s membership now includes 44 universities and 25 industrial organizations, each selecting a member representative who acts as the main liaison with CMC. More information about the company is available at CMC.


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