System Bits: Nov. 21


MIT-Lamborghini to develop electric car Members of the MIT community were recently treated to a glimpse of the future as they passed through the Stata Center courtyard as the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio (Third Millennium) was in view, which is an automobile prototype for the third millennium. [caption id="attachment_429209" align="alignnone" width="300"] Lamborghini is relying on MIT to make i... » read more

Introducing The 55th DAC General Chair


My first time attending DAC was in 1991, and I am so excited to be serving as the General Chair for the 55th annual conference this June. Coming from academia and meeting new people in the industry sector who have been involved with DAC for years, I thought this to be good opportunity to introduce myself to the entire community. I got my start in engineering as an undergraduate student. Both... » read more

Technology For The Privileged


What happens when something grows quickly? It normally results in progress that is a little uncontrolled. There are no rules to govern it, there is no clearly defined end point, there is nothing that is absolute. That was the focus of the keynote given by Stacey Higginbotham at Arm TechCon. We can all see the good and the benefits that will come from progress, but we also get glimpses of wha... » read more

ADAS Design Shifts Toward Hardware


Autonomous driving will challenge system-level designers like never before with the simultaneous integration of three critical areas: Supercomputing complexity, real-time embedded performance, and functional safety. To get there, developers will need to shift their focus from a software-centric approach toward custom hardware development to produce a system that meets the safety, cost, and powe... » read more

Making Machine Learning Portable


Machine learning is everywhere, and it has exploded at a pace no one would have expected. Even a year ago, ML was more of an experiment than a reality. NVIDIA's stock price (Fig. 1, below) is a good representation of just how quickly this market has grown. GPUs are the chip of choice for training machine learning systems. Fig. 1: Nvidia 5-year stock price. Source: Google Finance Ma... » read more

Are You Virtually Fast Enough?


During high school my class was divided into two camps: Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher fans. Regardless of either camp, the real heated question was whether the driver or the race car is more important. Over the years I lost track and I don’t remember if any of those discussions ever concluded. So now, 25 years later, let me try to engage in a slightly similar but hopefully more balanced... » read more

Inside UVM


We have all been witnesses to the rapid improvements of the iPhone processor chip every year. With the iPhone 8 featuring the newest A11 Bionic at 10 nm FinFET with 4.3 billion transistors, I can’t personally fathom the amount of the verification effort needed for this type of SoC - the required manpower and time to get the job done is absolutely mind-boggling. Thankfully, we have several pre... » read more

Look Ma, No Hands! Functional Safety From The Driver’s Seat


Every so often, I undertake a project that reminds me why I love working in semiconductor marketing. Back in August, I hopped behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X to film a video for OneSpin about how formal verification can help designers to satisfy the ISO 26262 automotive safety standard. If you haven't yet seen the video, you can watch it here: http://bit.ly/2ycK5Yp The Model X itself was... » read more

Four Steps To Verifying An SSD Controller With Emulation


By Ben Whitehead and Paul Morrison Datacenters, cloud computing, the IoT, and all things electronic demand that huge amounts of data and information are stored securely and accessible anywhere at any time. This requirement is driving the adoption of new storage technologies. The capacity, size and performance of solid state drives (SSDs) make it a very interesting technology. It offers h... » read more

Shhhhh… Deadlocks Anonymous In Session


I am sure there is an anonymous group – like Alcoholics Anonymous – headquartered in Silicon Valley, meeting every quarter to discuss the deadlocks that have paralyzed their products, roadmap and deployments. In discreet venues in every town, small groups of engineers huddle together to share war stories about the disgruntled customers whose trust was lost because of a deadlock discovered o... » read more

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