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Ultra-Low Power Memory IPs Using Mentor coolSRAM-6T Technology


The use of embedded static random access memory (eSRAM) in complex ICs has significantly increased in the past three decades. This trend will continue with the growth of ICs designed for rapidly expanding markets such as automotive, virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR), implantable medical devices, gaming, sensor hub, medical devices, wearable computing, data center, and artificial int... » read more

Functional Safety In AI-Controlled Vehicles


Whereas ISO 26262 specifies requirements for eliminating safety hazards in the presence of an E/E system fault, this paper explains why new standards for the AI era must address so-called safety of the intended functionality (SOTIF), which means helping to validate that advanced automotive functionalities are engineered into the vehicle to avoid safety hazards even in the absence of a fault. ... » read more

Preparing For An IoT Edge Project


Before starting your IoT edge device development process, it is wise to spend time preparing for your new project. Planning before you start will limit frustration and save you time and money in the long run. Before diving into the task, study the 15 preparation considerations in this white paper. To read more, click here. » read more

The PCB Engineer’s Guide To Successful DDR Bus Design


This paper tackles the critical signal integrity concerns encountered when designing, simulating, and analyzing DDR buses. The first section describes DDR bus design challenges that can be particularly problematic, even intimidating, to designers. Subsequent sections describe how simulation and analysis speed up the design of a functioning DDR system to reduce PCB spins and shorten the time to ... » read more

Mentor TLC NAND Softmodel Soft-Bit Error Injection


Designing SSD controllers targeting NAND flash as the storage media requires some heavy lifting when it comes to dealing with the soft-errors that the flash will eventually produce. This paper will look at a method to simplify the design and verification required. We model these soft-bit behaviors with the Veloce emulator in a virtual setup, which reduces the time to market for an SSD. To r... » read more

Bosch Visiontec Case Study


The BOSCH Visiontec team innovates assisted and autonomous driving technology. This team develops state-of-the-art IPs and ICs containing high-performance processors that implement algorithms to recognize images from cameras in automobiles. They were tasked to create several brand-new designs that implemented mathematically-intense algorithms in less than a year. The specifications of these des... » read more

Democratized Autonomous Vehicle System Design


The major question facing automotive equipment vendors and OEMs working to bring autonomous vehicles to market: how to address the additional cost and power of these new electronic systems while reducing system latency and improving manufacturability? TIRIAS Research says the DRS360 Autonomous Driving Platform provides an answer. To read more, click here. » read more

A Complete Guide To Enclosure Thermal Design… 14 Key Considerations


Enclosure design is an important aspect of system level thermal management to ensure electronics performance and reliability. Learn how to improve enclosure design in this guide covering 14 considerations on thermal management best practice. Examples of areas to focus on for advantages in cooling efficiency are illustrated and where tradeoff decisions are needed. Newly updated as of 2018, this... » read more

Artifacts Of Custom Checkers In Questa Power-Aware Dynamic Simulation


UPF provides a powerful mechanism to define a custom PA checker or assertion and provides a layer to completely separate it from design code. This is done by embedding the binding of the design and checker within the UPF file through the bind_checker command and its options. As a result, it provides a consolidated verification mechanism and allows Questa PA-SIM to access all instances of a targ... » read more

Test Innovations For ISO 26262


We are witnessing the gradual transition of the automobile from a simple means of transportation to a mobile electronic hub. The amount of electronic content in passenger cars continues to grow rapidly. Recent reports indicate that electronics now contribute about 40% of the total costs of a traditional internal-combustion-engine car, and this jumps as high as 75% for the growing number of elec... » read more

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