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- EDA/EDA Tools: Information about vendors and tools for logic design, physical design, synthesis, VHDL and Verilog simulation, circuit simulation, verification, and just about every other task required for the design and test of digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs and ASICs, and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Here you'll also find the links to SOCcentral news items about EDA and EDA tools, links to online articles on EDA, and links to tutorials, whitepapers, etc. about EDA and EDA tools.
- FPGAs/PLDs/CPLDs: News, whitepapers, app note, etc. about programmable logic devices, and a directory of FPGA/PLD/CPLD families.
- Intellectual Property: News, whitepapers, app note, etc. about IP for SOC (system-on-chip) design; digital, analog and mixed-signal ASIC design; FPGA design; and dedicated search engines for IP.
- News: The latest word on industry developments in technology and products of significance to designers of SOCs, analog and mixed-signal ICs and ASICs, and programmable devices; users of EDA tools and IP; and design reuse.
- Magazine & Journal Articles Online: Abstracts and links to articles that appear in publications available online, such as EDN, EE Times EDA Designline, Electronic Design, EDA Tech Forum, Embedded Systems Programming (embedded.com), and more. This is the equivalent of a Table of Contents to the EDA, intellectual property and programmable logic articles appearing in the best of these publications.
- Online Resources: A potpourri of links to online directories of ICs, vendors and buyers guides, trade publication websites, "distance learning" sites, and other useful links. Thereís also some "recreational stuff," most of which reflects the interests of SOCcentralís originator.
- Software: Links to sites where you can obtain freeware and shareware.
- Special Topics: Dedicated "communities" on SOCcentral where all of the content of selected subjects are indexed. The Special Topic communities are currently devoted to Low-Power Design, ESL, Formal Verification, SystemC, Verilog, SystemVerilog, VHDL, and more.
- Conferences & Vendor Seminars: In addition to the major conferences and tradeshows devoted to design, EDA tools and IP, youíll also find information about upcoming vendor-sponsored seminars and workshops. You can also directly access the IEEE listings of conferences and seminars.
- Tutorials, White Papers & Application Notes: An index to the wealth of material thatís available on vendor websites, filtered to exclude material thatís primarily product-specific, promotional, or self-serving.
- Vendor Webcasts: Companies such as OpenSystems Media, TechOnLine, and EDN do web broadcasts for suppliers to the SoC, EDA and IP-user community. This is where youíll find announcements of upcoming events as well as links to archived webcasts.
- Vendors, Organizations & Universities: The place where youíll find the contact information, along with brief descriptions, of the nearly 2,000 vendors serving the SOC, ASIC, FPGA, EDA and IP-user community.
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