Use Model Versatility: Key To Return On Investment For Emulation


When we announced Palladium Z1 now almost two years ago in November 2015, we emphasized versatility of use models as a key component to optimize return on investment when adopting emulation. Today, our biggest customers are using emulation as a compute resource with 10s of projects in parallel, and they are running a large number of different use models on it. This year alone, more than 30 cust... » read more

System Design And Verification Challenges: Are They On- Or Off-Chip?


What are the next natural items for mobile devices to be integrated? From 2002 to today, previously separate items (like GPS, cameras and keyboards) have been integrated into the phone. They caused a frenzy of integration within systems on chips. Now we have the Internet of Things (IoT) adding a trillion devices to the picture. Which ones are to be integrated, if any? What does all this mean fo... » read more

Design And Verification For An Era Of A Trillion Devices


Scared or excited? When I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation whether the one trillion devices that Softbank’s CEO Masa-san predicted least year at ARM TechCon was possible, I realized that a trillion may be the low end of the range. For me, the geeky excitement about the potential technological progress and how to architect the Internet of Things (IoT) gets balanced very fast with concern... » read more

Emulating Systems Of Systems


System design is all the craze these days. I have been in notably more discussions recently about how one can verify systems of systems. Does an airplane or a car lend itself to an array of emulators? Are multiple abstractions needed? How can design teams span electrical, mechanical, and thermal—as well as analog and digital—effects? Do companies need to re-organize to deal with system desi... » 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

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

Avoiding A $7.7B Chip Design Cost


For years, the story about semiconductor development cost and about EDA contributions has been pretty simple. Cost has been, is, and will likely be for a while, the single biggest issue in scaling development for more complex designs. The next big leap for verification productivity will be the close integration of verification and design engines, both vertically and horizontally as I have writt... » read more

Does Hardware/Software Verification Have To Be Broad And Deep? Check Out DVCon 2017


DVCon 2017 is upon us next week and even though it is called the “Design and Verification” conference, it is rising more and more to the system level. One of the aspects of interest is how verification seems to simultaneously become broader—covering more aspects to verify like software, power and performance—while also becoming more deep when it comes to application domains and their sp... » read more

Not All Software Is Like Elvis


January is traditionally my look-back and outlook month. Five years ago my year-end wish had been a census of software developers, and it is fascinating how software in the context of verification has evolved since then (more on this below). Also, most years I go into my garage, dust off my collection of IEEE Spectrum print editions from January five, ten and 15 years back to assess which of th... » read more

Top 7 Verification Trends For 2017—Changes In The Game Of Ecosystems


As the year 2016 comes to a close, how did my predictions from last year hold up to reality? They were all about horizontal and vertical integration. Spoiler alert—they almost all have moved closer to reality. Going forward into 2017, some of the trends will intensify, but the most interesting trend to watch will be how the game of ecosystems in the areas of mobile, server, and intelligent sy... » read more

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