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Automating Tests With Portable Stimulus From IP To SoC Level


The aim of the Portable Stimulus Working Group is to make the creation of highly-efficient automated tests portable. Portable stimulus tools help to raise the level of test description and enable modeling of scenarios that would be very challenging to create with directed and transaction-level constrained random tests. This paper describes the goals of the portable stimulus specification as wel... » read more

Automotive Defect Recall?


Automotive recalls can be devastating financially and a nightmare for an automaker’s reputation. Tracking down the cause of a defect means working through the electronic system wheel of failure, checking everything from wiring and connections, software, to the hardware. A key component to preventing defects is a rigorous requirement specification and management process, especially for meeting... » read more

Drones, Augmented Reality, UHD TV


New markets for multimedia and high-definition video chips are quickly becoming the next wave fueling the electronics industry. One market that demonstrates a mega-appetite for electronics is the drone market. The main IC components in drones that require exhaustive verification are the video capture circuitry and data collection components that either store data in-system or upload that data t... » read more

Automated Body Bias Validation For High Performance, Low Power Electronics


Using a device’s body bias effect allows designers to tune a circuit’s behavior to meet both power and performance specifications, but getting it right isn’t always easy. Accurate, fast, automated body bias verification is critical to ensure today’s complex designs meet demanding performance, reliability, and power usage specifications. To read more, click here. » read more

True Costs Of Process Node Migration


Deciding when and how to make a process node transition is critical to business success. The solution that requires the least amount of total change—in the form of license configurations, required hardware resources, necessary tool qualifications, and adequate support infrastructure—will always be the most “inexpensive” option. Do you have all the information you need to make the right ... » read more

Fusing CMOS IC And MEMS Design For IoT Edge Devices


Creating a sensor-based IoT edge device is challenging, due to the multiple design domains involved (Analog, digital, RF, and MEMS). But, creating an edge device that combines the electronics using the traditional CMOS IC flow and a MEMS sensor on the same silicon die can seem impossible. In fact, many IoT edge devices combine multiple dies in a single package, separating electronics from the M... » read more

Linux Security Primer: SELinux And SMACK Frameworks


With the increased expansion of the IoT, software developers are called upon to do more to protect their devices from malicious attacks. Building a secure system involves many components and layers of security. This paper offers an introductory review of two popular Linux security frameworks: SELinux and SMACK. Readers will gain an understanding of these two frameworks and when to best implemen... » read more

Using Emulation to Deliver Storage Market Innovations


SSDs have the unique challenges of using NAND flash as a storage medium. As storage technology and use models continue to evolve, so do the verification tools needed to solve today’s challenges. The Veloce emulator is well suited to address these challenges as has been proven by leading storage companies who are using it today in their production environments. To read more, click here. » read more

Fusing CMOS IC And MEMS Design For IoT Edge Devices


Creating a sensor-based IoT edge device is challenging, due to the multiple design domains involved (Analog, digital, RF, and MEMS). But, creating an edge device that combines the electronics using the traditional CMOS IC flow and a MEMS sensor on the same silicon die can seem impossible. In fact, many IoT edge devices combine multiple dies in a single package, separating electronics from the M... » read more

Being A Player In The Automotive IC Market


The automotive IC market is loaded with opportunity and above-average growth rates. Arguably, the pursuit of this opportunity explains much of the astonishing M&A activity among the world's biggest semicos in recent years. The common denominator — whether for established auto IC vendors, big tech players edging into self-driving cars or automakers looking to design their own chips — is the ... » read more

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