Building One Interface Subsystem For Multiple IoT SoCs


When designing SoCs for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, designers quickly realize that their most efficient use of resources will result in chips that can address multiple end applications. Consumer products require connectivity or edge devices, and networking or enterprise companies are broadening their reach to home networking and cloud services, like remote processing, that complement... » read more

Why You Need ASIL Certified Processor IP For Automotive Safety Applications


As the electronics content in automotive safety-related systems continues to grow, there are also an increasing number of new entrants into the automotive semiconductor market. To achieve automotive safety certification, specialized hardware and software is required. With this competitive pressure and consumer demand for safer vehicles, it is more important than ever to focus on cost savings an... » read more

New USB Audio Class For USB Type-C Digital Headsets


The ¼” phone jack was invented more than 100 years ago to connect people using a new invention called the “telephone.” Today, the modern variant - the 3.5mm phone jack - is widely used. As modern mobile phones are used for more than phone calls and do not have room for multiple connectors, a new approach for audio connectivity is needed, so product designers are retiring the 3.5mm jack. ... » read more

When DDR DRAM Is Right For Automotive Systems


Most of the processors contained within automobiles are relatively small and with modest memory requirements that can be served by SRAM and non-volatile memory. The type of computing, image processing, and graphics displays that are possible with a more powerful CPU connected to DRAM have largely been restricted to the non-safety-critical infotainment system in the vehicle – until now. Advanc... » read more

Ensure Robust Encryption With CAVP Validation For FIPS 140-2 Conformance


Cryptographic algorithms are mathematical procedures used to implement security protocols in today’s devices and communication infrastructure. Designers must validate their cryptographic algorithm implementations through certification by regulatory bodies, such as Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to ensure accuracy ... » read more

Benefits Of Bluetooth Low Energy IP Integration Into A Single SoC


A recent Synopsys-executed user survey showed significant IoT system-on-chip (SoC) design growth from 2013 to 2015 with contributions from the new wearable IC market. Also, according to Teardown.com, in over 800 teardowns of mobile and wearable products from 2012 to 2015, wireless chips outnumbered the actual number of products, indicating multiple wireless ICs in some designs. Based on these ... » 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

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

Back To Basics On Multi-Voltage Verification


It has been more than a decade since the paradigm of voltage-aware Booleans came about and the world of multi-voltage verification took off. We started with 3-5 island SoCs and now stare at 300+ islands on a single SoC. While we have a well-developed standard (IEEE 1801/UPF) for the expression and analysis of voltage variation, it is apt to not forget some of the basics and see how they will ca... » read more

The Indisputable Case For USB 2.0 Type-C In IoT Applications


USB is ubiquitous for a reason – It was designed specifically to be easy for consumers to use. When designers working in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) market are looking for interfaces that can help with everything from charging to data transfer, USB is top-of-mind. However, IoT applications have performance, power and area requirements that are quite different from your phone or ... » read more

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