Lower Power Plus Better Performance

The tradeoff between power and performance is becoming less about one versus the other, and more about a dual benefit, as new computing and chip architectures begin rolling out. Neural networking, which is one of the hot buttons for any system that relies on lots of distributed sensors, is essential to get a true picture of what is happening around a car moving down the highway at 65 miles ... » read more

Why Do You Need Chip-Package-System Co-Design And Co-Analysis?

Whether it is the need for sustainable energy, or driving performance while keeping power at bay, or enabling safe and reliable operation of any electronic system, containment of electronic noise — power and signal noise is critical to all of the above. Other factors that impact safe and reliable operation are electromigration (EM), electromagnetic interference (EMI) and mechanical stress ena... » read more

How Software-Driven Tests Support Concurrent Power/Performance Analysis

There’s always been an intimate relationship between performance and power—and it’s one that is acutely affected by architecture. Architectural innovation can yield orders of magnitude improvements in performance/power metrics. For example, we’ve seen a growing popularity in multi-core and heterogeneous core systems with purpose-specific hardware accelerators. These configurations are o... » read more

Simplifying Software Separation With Real-Time Virtualization

Electronic systems are becoming more complex across multiple markets including automotive, industrial control and healthcare. Vehicles are beginning to drive themselves, industrial robots are becoming increasingly collaborative, and medical systems are automated to assist with surgery or deliver medication. This trend is not a new phenomenon. What was a high-end capability in the last generatio... » read more

From The Data Center To The Mobile Edge

At the heart of the Internet of Things is the complex interplay between the needs for both low power and high performance (LPHP), a perplexing challenge rooted in the de-facto bifurcation of the IoT itself. For example, lower power mobile devices, systems and lite endpoints make up the vast majority of forward-facing consumer infrastructure, while high-performance servers at the back end are ta... » read more

Balancing Performance And Energy Consumption For IoT Applications Processors

Processor requirements in IoT applications continue to grow to support more human interaction. Functions such as detecting speech and faces or delivering a voice message are being added to existing tasks the processors already perform such as system communication and control. Since these applications operate from batteries with defined size and life expectations, not only is the energy consumpt... » read more

Deterministic ICE App Tackles ICE Limitations

Historically, SoC verification has used In-Circuit Emulation (ICE) to exercise the design under test (DUT) by connecting physical targets to an emulator. ICE delivers the advantage of being able to run real-world usage scenarios before tape-out. However, an ICE-based verification environment is hampered by several inherent limitations. It is restricted to trigger- and waveform-based debug. W... » read more

Making Waves In Deep Learning

A little more than two and a half years ago I wrote Making Waves in Low-Power Design, an article about a company (at the time) called Wave Semiconductor. Fast forward the the recent Linley Processor Conference, Wave Computing’s CTO Chris Nicol gave the audience an update on the company’s eagerly awaited and soon (planned for October) to be taped-out 16K-core dataflow processor for deep lea... » read more

Got Energy?

Energy is a finite resource, which means it’s not someone else’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem. This isn’t just another doom and gloom prediction. Energy consumption has been rising steadily for decades. Unfortunately, it has been increasing at a faster rate than energy production. A Semiconductor Industry Association report entitled, “Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Ac... » read more

Meeting Reliability For Automotive Applications With PCI Express

Automotive electronics such as powertrain and braking controls, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and other vehicle operations platforms, where reliability is of utmost importance must meet stringent reliability standards. Even an automotive infotainment system is expected to perform flawlessly even under a variety of temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. Reliability is a key compone... » read more

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