Ignoring Anomalies


Everyone has been in this situation at some point in their career—you have a data point that is so far out of the ordinary that you dismiss it as erroneous. You blame the test equipment, or the fact that it is Friday afternoon and happy hour started 10 minutes ago. In most cases it may never happen again and nobody will ever notice that you quietly swept it under the rug. But in doing so, ... » read more

Toward Better Accelerators


In the not-too-distant past, the standard mobile application processor architecture was the predominant one used for most System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, but that is rapidly changing as new systems and applications emerge in the post-mobile computing era. New requirements for autonomous driving are motivating technology innovations: Visual processing, deep neural networks and machine learning pla... » read more

EDA Moves Out Of The Shadows


EDA has long harbored ambitions that are larger than a piece of silicon. The engineering challenges being solved on a nanometric scale are remarkably similar to ones being solved at a much higher level—architectural design, layout, validation, verification, debug, thermal mapping, and a lot more. The problem, at least until recently, is that it has been difficult to gain a foothold in larg... » read more

Come Together Right Now Over… Virtual Prototypes


As a frequent traveler and gadgets enthusiast I love the concept of all my devices being connected. However, more often than not I experience a divide which is sometimes caused by bad software and sometimes caused by missing hardware interfaces. My recent frustration was related to my tablet missing a USB port to upload new maps to my GPS device. The GPS device became a divided, isolated pi... » read more

The Safe Road Trip Thanks To Formal Verification


School’s out, gas is cheap and families in the U.S. are piling into their cars or minivans to take the time-honored cross-country road trip. These days, kids in the backseat don’t need to entertain themselves by spotting the license plates from the 50 U.S. states or picking a fight with their brother or sister. Instead, they can be kept amused with the vehicle’s sophisticated entertainmen... » read more

Cutting CapEx, Not Capacity


‘The cloud’ has been an industry buzz word for some time now, and while the initial focus was on data storage and sharing - and spawned the likes of Dropbox – ‘cloud computing’ is currently the latest trend. For instance, Amazon’s cloud platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS), gives users access to servers and a range of applications. Storage is available as before but so too now are... » read more

ON Semiconductor Meets AEC Challenges With Electrothermal Analysis


By Justin Yerger, ON Semiconductor, and Ahmed Eisawy, Mentor, a Siemens Business ON Semiconductor is a leading provider of products for automotive applications that follow the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC Q-100-012) requirements for reliability characterization of smart power devices. In particular, Automotive Smart FET driver ICs present verification challenges when verifying short c... » read more

DAC 2017: A Glimpse Of How The Future Is Enabled


Last week’s Design Automation Conference in Austin gave great examples on how the future is enabled with next generation tools today. My favorite portions were Uhnder’s overview on “Agile Emulation” in the cloud, SirusXM’s presentation on how they used our portfolio of emulation and FPGA-based prototyping, the panel on “Smarter Verification” that I had organized and – of course ... » read more

A Learning Machine For Machine Learning


Artificial intelligence and machine learning are hot. Many, many startups, exciting new applications and lots of venture money. The technology promises to change the world. Whether it’s autonomous vehicles, domestic robots or machines that replace doctors and lawyers, the implications are astounding, and somewhat frightening. Let’s put the socio-economic dimension of this discussion aside f... » read more

Open-Source NFV


The OPNFV Summit in Beijing earlier this month brought together developers, end users, and other communities all working to advance open source Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). What's new is an effort to make NFV more efficient. A highlight of the event was the announcement of an exciting new platform for accelerating NFV software development, the “NFV PicoPod”. Developed in coll... » read more

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