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<p>Our distribution division sales were $148.8 million, an increase of 20% from second-quarter sales of $124.4 million,” he said. The semiconductor portion of those sales was virtually unchanged.Sales fromQuadrus reached $26.9 million, a 32% increase from second quarter levels, said Bell. We are pleased to report Quadrus' return to profitability. The Quadrus division's pretax income was $54,000, an outstanding improvement over the second quarter pretax loss of $1.1 million.”</p>

The National Cable Television Association took the opposite tack, arguing the 1992 Cable Act and last year's balanced-budget law gave regulators no authority to compel cable operators to offer digital broadcasts. The group called the must-carry plan an unwarranted taking” of property.

If [security] is a problem for a company, we can provide the PERL scripts that make up Flopack so they can be installed on a customer's intranet.”

One-year licenses for the use of Flopack and up to 100 modeling runs cost $2,500.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In an effort to accelerate system-on-a-chip technology, Synopsys Inc. has announced a venture capital fund aimed at emerging intellectual property (IP), EDA, and design services providers.

Synopsys is committing an initial $20 million to the fund, with an additional $20 million allocated for follow-on funding.

Synopsys has already named two early recipients of funding: Synchronicity Inc. (Boston), a provider a Web-based project management software; and The Silicon Group (Austin, Texas), an IC design services firm. With the funding, Synopsys takes a minority stake in each company.

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The purpose of the fund is to help realize systems on silicon,” said Bob Dahlberg, vice president of business development for Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.). Our charter as a company is to solve this problem, but we realize we can't do it all ourselves.” Additionally, Dahlberg said Synopsys is sitting on $600 million in cash that it needs to invest.

Synopsys has previously made minority investments in a handful of companies, including Artisan, nVidia, Gambit, and Cooper & Chyan Technologies. But the company's approach will now be more systematic, Dahlberg said. These previous investments were ad hoc. We didn't have people searching out opportunities,” he said.

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Synopsys' venture fund will target four types of companies, Dahlberg said: emerging providers of star” intellectual property (IP); companies that address the design infrastructure, such as Synchronicity; EDA startups with tools complimentary to those of Synopsys; and design consulting firms such as The Silicon Group. In general, Synopsys will target companies that are not viewed as competitive.

Synchronicity was chosen, Dahlberg said, because chip design is getting more complex and requires widely distributed design teams. Further, Synopsys' design reuse consulting group is a customer of Synchronicity. The Design Group, on the other hand, has worked with Synopsys' Epic division on several projects.

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Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., Portland, Maine, is negotiating to buy an older, non-memory fab in Puchon, S. Korea, from Samsung Electronics Co., according to analysts.

Fairchild declined to respond to the report, citing its policy not to address possible acquisitions or partnerships.

Fremont, Calif.–Oct. 26, 1998–Sagantec (Fremont) reported itsphysical design migration software has gained widespread acceptance byindependent physical library suppliers and has become the de facto standardforlibrary generation design flow. Aspec Technology, Cadence Design Systems Excellent Design, MentorGraphics Corp., Silicon Access, and Virtual Silicon have incorporated itsDesign Rule Enforcement and Migration (DREAM) into their physical librarygeneration design environments. They use DREAM to migrate existing librariesfrom one process technology to another, saving time and costs associated witharduous handcrafting.

DREAM enables the reuse and optimization of silicon intellectual property (IP)for deep submicron (DSM) design. It is used for rapid reuse and optimizationof cells, memories, blocks, and full chips from one process design rule toanother. It migrates a physical layout design from one process technology toanother, adapting it to new, usually smaller process design rules. WithDREAM,for example, library designers can quickly move an existing library to 0.18-m technology.

In late September, Reptron Electronics and All American Semiconductor renegotiated terms of the $100 million merger announced in June.

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