Foundry Wars, Take Two


Samsung, GlobalFoundries, TSMC and Intel all have declared their intention to fill in nearly every node possible with multiple processes, different packaging options, and new materials. In fact, the only number that hasn't been taken so far is 9nm. It's not that one foundry's 10nm is the same as another's. Each company defines its nodes differently, and these days comparing nodes is almost m... » read more

Verification And Validation Don’t Mean The Same Thing


While often used intermixed, verification and validation are quite different procedures with different goals and different means to achieve those goals. No better way to clear up the confusion by starting with some definitions as stated by Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verification_and_validation: “Verification is intended to check that a product, service, or system (or porti... » read more

Formal Verification’s Continental Divide


Formal verification is picking up steam with engineering groups worldwide doing complex functional verification for bug-free and reliable digital chips. In fact, many difficult verification challenges are solved with formal verification, given its flexibility in targeting a broad range of verification challenges. Recent advances in formal verification’s ease of use and capacity has made it an... » read more

Emulation Enabling Automotive Designs


Last week at CDNLive in Munich, the key topic at hand was automotive. It was pretty much a theme everywhere, and even had its specific personal track. My personal favorites were Davide Santo’s (NXP’s Architect) keynote on autonomous driving—very inspiring—and Robert Bosch’s overview of how they used emulation in a hybrid setup with ARM Fast Models for IP verification for automotive de... » read more

Boldy Go Where No NoC Has Gone Before


Functional safety, at varying degrees of integrity and with or without the ISO 26262, has become a cornerstone of SoCs in many key market segments, not just automotive. And the industry goal is to achieve these reliability levels without sacrificing any PPA and while continually reducing TTM. Go figure! I know, that’s like saying, make me an omelet without breaking eggs. And egg substitute is... » read more

Huawei Delivers Outstandingly Accurate Models


By John Parry, Mentor, a Siemens Business, and Yake Fang, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Packaging high-performance multi-core IC devices used in communication applications is a key challenge for both manufacturers and system integrators. Traditionally a System-in-Package (SiP) has been taken, with chips mounted side-by-side, allowing differing semiconductor technologies to be mixed. More r... » read more

It’s Show Time


It’s been a busy season. The weather has warmed here in the desert and as the trees and greenery enliven in spring, The whole industry is bursting with activity. From DVCon to the International Symposium on FPGAs in the United States to Embedded World and CTIC in Europe, there have been a number of important developments in verification, embedded systems, and DO-254. The DVCon U.S. Confere... » read more

Capturing The Future, Frame By Frame


A lot has changed over the past year, and more changes are on the way. Consider what's happening in API tracing. All of the functions from the Vulkan specification can be traced correctly in MGD. This means that you will be able to see exactly what Vulkan calls your application makes and in what order. You will also be able to see what threads each of these function calls occur in. Figu... » read more

Awesome Keynotes Show How Our Community Has Grown


In case you missed it, we’ve announced our 2017 keynoters, a group that (including the luminaries giving SKY talks) gives you six more very good reasons be Austin the fourth week in June. All the information you need on the lineup is here. I know you are perhaps too busy to dig through this, so LMGTFY and share with you some highlights: ● Monday, Joe Costello, Chairman & CEO, Enlighted... » read more

The Rise Of Parallelism


Parallel computing is an idea whose time has finally come, but not for the obvious reasons. Parallelism is a computer science concept that is older Moore's Law. In fact, it first appeared in print in a 1958 IBM research memo, in which John Cocke, a mathematician, and Daniel Slotnick, a computer scientist, discussed parallelism in numerical calculations. That was followed eight years later by... » read more

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