|NXP Semiconductors (NXP) – Netherlands
NXP Semiconductors N.V. is a global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries. NXP provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, power management, interface, infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications.
|STMicroelectronics (ST) – France
STMicroelectronics (France) is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies. Offering one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications with innovative semiconductor solutions by leveraging its vast array of technologies, design expertise and combination of intellectual property portfolio, strategic partnerships and manufacturing strength. The Company has particular strengths in Multimedia, Power, Connectivity and Sensing technologies and its sales – which include wireless business conducted via ST-Ericsson – are well balanced among the industry’s major sectors: Telecom, Automotive, Consumer, Computer, Industrial and Distribution.
|Thales Communications (Thales) – France
Thales Communications and Security is a fully-owned subsidiary of Thales which addresses, any activity related to telecommunications: mobile radio-communications, ATM networks development, satellite, aeronautical and naval communication, network administration, identification and radio navigation, information systems, multimedia, surveillance. The company develops, since years, its activities in civil markets such as civil aviation, radio spectrum monitoring and information technology security. Thales Communications and Security is developing new products, pooling technical expertise or developing joint bids under numerous agreements with our European partners.
|STEricsson – Netherlands
ST-Ericsson, the Joint Venture created by STMicroelectronics and Ericsson to provide platform solutions and ICs for wireless communications, is a worldwide leader in high performance video and audio solutions, providing a wide portfolio of digital, analogue and mixed-signal integrated circuits. The Dutch branch of this newly formed company develops connectivity and peripheral components that enhance and extend the functionality of the communication.
ST-Ericsson France (Sophia Semiconductors) – France
ST-Ericsson Sophia Antipolis, located in the South of France, specializes in the design and marketing of advanced Systems on Chips (SoC’s) for mobile communications (covering mobile applications everywhere: on the move, at home, in the office and in the car), from product specifications and development to applications and customer support.
Today, our Sophia Antipolis innovation centre concentrates its resources on developing system solutions in the following key areas: Base-band solutions for cellular handset and infrastructure technologies (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS), Base-band solutions for wireless connectivity (Bluetooth TM *), Multimedia Mobile System Solutions, Design solutions for System on Chip (SoC), Libraries and process technology development.
ST-Ericsson Grenoble SAS
|Recore Systems B.V.– The Netherlands
Recore Systems licenses innovative IP for creating advanced digital signal processing platform chips. Recore’s Montium® technology comprises processor cores, design tools for easy integration in customer solutions and ready-to-use applications. Recore offers application implementations for Montium based platforms, IDE tools and hardware IPs.
Recore’s technology enables ultra energy-efficient digital signal processing in products such as cell phones, digital radios/TVs and infotainment and navigation systems. Reuse of Recore’s IP alleviates the avalanching design complexity and costs of today’s chip development. Montium technology allows time multiplexing of different functions on the same hardware and offers a unique combination of flexibility, high performance, low power and low costs.
|Axiom-IC B.V. – The Netherlands
Axiom IC focuses on the design of state-of-the-art analog and mixed signal circuits in CMOS and BiCMOS, in close cooperation with their customers, covering the entire range from concept and feasibility studies, design to layout and verification.
Our key knowledge is development of data conversion IP and data conversion products.
In this area we are involved in several market areas, for example space, mobile phones, car audio medical applications and green houses.
Axiom’s knowledge supports customers to speed up design cycles and reduce costs of today’s IC development. Several publications of our expertise and experience can be found on www.axiom-ic.com
|CEA (CEA) – France
Two Laboratories of the Direction de la Recherche Technologique at CEA – the French Atomic Energy Commission- will be involved in COMCAS:
|- CEA-LETI, the Laboratory for Electronics & Information Technology has a considerable investment in personnel (staff is approximately 1200 people, among whom 850 CEA employees), know-how and equipment. LETI is one of the largest applied research laboratories in Europe. The main activities of LETI are dealing with electronics, microelectronics, microsystems, and optoelectronics. LETI mainly aims at helping industrial partners to improve their competitiveness through technological innovation in the field of electronics and microelectronics. LETI commits 80 % of its activity to end-product research with its partners. LETI has also an active patent policy (more than 100 new patents per year). Inside the Circuits and Systems Design (DCIS) Department, the ASIC design team is more than 130 people composed of engineers, PhD students and Postdocs. Main activities are related to digital-, RF-, analog- design, devices modeling and characterisation, IC tests, and layout. Low power design is one of the strong activities, covering SOI technology design, power management, low-power techniques (DVFS, VDD Hopping, Power switch, …) and low power architectures.|
|- CEA-LIST is a research department inside CEA, which is a French R&D governmental agency whose field of expertise ranges from nuclear industry to biosciences. Based in Ile-de-France (in the neighbourhood of Paris), LIST combines basic research and industrial R&D within a dynamic structure, and is mainly financed by industrial contracts. The project-based culture of its 300 scientists, engineers and technicians makes it a natural partner for industry seeking breakthrough technology, from the initial concept down to working demonstrators. CEA-LIST is primarily concerned with the development of technology that combines software and hardware to form highly integrated complex systems – “software intensive systems”. The research activities are structured into industry-driven projects, around three major themes, the embedded systems, the interactive systems and the sensors and signal processing. In embedded systems, CEA-LIST has been focusing for several years on the design of multicore architectures and technologies to manage the complexity of such architectures. In the framework of this project, CEA LIST wants to push ahead the development of a processor core for intensive computing. This power efficient processor will be the basic block of these architectures.|
|TIMA Laboratory – France
TIMA is one of the 40 Laboratories of the UJF (Université Joseph Fourier). TIMA is focusing on various aspects of the design, CAD and test of circuits and systems. The Laboratory is approximately 120 people large. It is organized in research groups: Micro and Nano Systems (MNS), Reliable Mixed-signal Systems (RMS), System Level Synthesis (SLS), Verification and modelling of Digital Systems (VDS), QuaLiFication of circuits (QLF), and Concurrent Integrated Systems (CIS). The System-Level Synthesis (SLS) group in TIMA laboratory investigates application-specific multi-processor systems on chip. Research topics include multiple and mixed-level specification of heterogeneous systems, multi-core architecture for networks and systems on chip, hardware/software on-chip communication design at trans-action level modelling, memory design for multi-processor systems-on-chip, hardware/ software interfaces debug, reconfigurable prototyping platform for multi-processor SoC. Recently, SLS group participated in the LoMoSa MEDEA project that focuses on low power system on chip architectures and obtained encouraging results regarding power saving.
|University of Nice Sophia Antipolis/LEAT [Laboratoire d’Electronique, Antennes et Telecommunications] – France
The LEAT laboratory is a Joint Research Unit associating CNRS (UMR6071) and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. Research activities are focused around 4 topics: Modelisation and system design of communicating objects, Computational Electromagnetic Modelling, New Antennas for Telecommunications, Detection and Microwave Imaging. The research team of the LEAT is composed of 10 researchers, one temporary researcher and ten PhD students. The main current research activities in the project concern SOC design space exploration, system level power optimisation and Hw/Sw real time MPSOC architectures. These works address methods and tools at the system level for architecture and application.
|Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands
The TU Delft Computer Engineering Laboratory performs research in and teaches the engineering discipline of how to determine, develop, and integrate hardware and software to build a computing system. The laboratory is actively involved in computer architecture, network processing, compiler technology, tools for semi-automatic implementation of architectures, computer arithmetic and logic design, algorithms and tools for testing memories, built in self-test of logic circuits, and automatic test pattern generation for combinational and sequential logic circuits, performance modelling and optimization techniques and tools. The laboratory includes some 8 faculty members, 3 staff members, 33 PhD students, and 29 MSc students. The CE Lab has extensively and successfully been involved in various EU and national research and industrial projects on embedded systems, heterogeneous multi-cores, and low power. The group is coordinator of the SARC Integrated Project, scientific coordinator of the hArtes Integrated Project, and founding member of the HiPEAC NoE.
Synopsys is a leading provider of both functional and physical semiconductor intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. As the industry’s trusted semiconductor IP partner, more than 350 foundry, IDM and fabless customers rely on Synopsys to achieve higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield, as well as shorten time-to-market and time-to-volume. Synopsys’s R&D center in Eindhoven (formerly part of NXP semiconductors corporate Innovation and Technology group) provides on-going support to NXP and develops among others new System-on-Chip (SoC) infrastructure IP for the semiconductor IP market. The advancements pursued in the COMCAS project support Synopsys to stay at the forefront of technology as chip architectures evolve towards power optimized many-core systems. It will support the innovation of infrastructure IP to suit the needs of these new architectures.
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