This year saw the inaugural Best in Show Awards which recognized the best-in-class technologies introduced since the last ARM TechCon. There were three awards, one for Chip Design, one for Software and a third for Hardware and the winners were selected by a group of editors that cover the industry.
The ARM TechCon Best in Show Award Winner for the Chip Design day was presented to TSMC for its Reference Flow 12.0 and Analog/Mixed Signal Reference Flow 2.0
Reference Flow 12.0 features various enhancements including two-and-a-half dimensional and three dimensional integrated circuits using silicon interposer and through silicon via technologies; 28nm model-based simulation DFM speed-up; and advanced Electronic System Level design initiative. AMS Reference Flow 2.0 offers an advanced multi-partner AMS design flow addressing the growing complexity of 28nm process effects and design challenges for superior DFM and RDR compliance and reliability. Since their introduction during DAC 2011 these tools have significant support for a number of third parties.
Suk Lee (right) , Director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division, at TSMC accepted the award from Colin Holland, the technical content director for ARM TechCon, and microcontroller/processor editor at UBM Electronics, the organizers of ARM TechCon.
The ARM TechCon Best in Show Award Winner for the Software might seem a bit strange as it’s a company best known for its hardware. Earlier this year Tektronix bought a Canadian software firm – Veridae – and they won the award for their Clarus and Certus tools.
Clarus, a suite of analysis tools teamed with an IP generator, is designed to help identify the critical signals for debug, instrument them with what is in effect a distributed on-chip logic analyzer, extract the data from the FPGA or silicon prototype, and interpret the results.
Certus is a multi-FPGA ASIC prototyping validation and debug suite. When paired with a user’s choice of prototyping hardware, partitioning flow, and FPGA CAD tools, Certus provides the key enabling technology of a complete prototyping solution.
The award for best Software was presented to Brad Quinton (right), Chief Architect, Embedded Instrumentation Group at Tektronix, by David Blaza, Vice President of UBM Electronics, the organizer of ARM TechCon.
ARM TechCon is all about education and the The ARM TechCon Best in Show Award Winner for Hardware epitomizes this as it is from a new Charitable Foundation aiming to sell computers into education at $25. A prototype board foam the winner Raspberry Pi was demonstrated on the ARM stand and was discussed in a presentation in the Expo Floor Theatre.
Eben Upton (right) the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation received the award from David Blaza, Vice President of UBM Electronics, before keynote speeches from Mike Muller, CTO of ARM and Ole Lund Hansen, Head, Global Compact LEAD at the United Nations, on Thursday morning.