Blog Review: Nov. 16


Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a talk from the recent Jasper User Group by ARM's Daryl Stewart on how the company saw the value of formal verification. Synopsys' Patrick Sheridan looks at the benefits of using SystemC TLM-2.0 AT for virtual prototype architecture modeling. Mentor's Jim Martens argues for the importance of a reliable power delivery network. A Lam Research staff writ... » read more

The Battle To Embed The FPGA


There have been many attempts to embed an [gettech id="31071" comment="FPGA"] into chips in the past, but the market has failed to materialize—or the solutions have failed to inspire. An early example was [getentity id="22924" comment="Triscend"], founded in 1997 and acquired by [getentity id="22839" e_name="Xilinx"] in 2004. It integrated a CPU—which varied from an [getentity id="22186" co... » read more

Embedded FPGAs Going Mainstream?


Systems on chip have been made with many processing variants ranging from general-purpose CPUs to DSPs, GPUs, and custom processors that are highly optimized for certain tasks. When none of these options provide the necessary performance or consumes too much power, custom hardware takes over. But there is one type of processing element that has rarely been used in a major SoC— the [gettech id... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 26


Synopsys' Robert Vamosi provides some additional information on last Friday's massive DDoS attack against DNS provider Dyn, which hampered access to many big-name websites. On the same note, Cadence's Paul McLellan warns of the hazards default and easy-to-guess device passwords present to people far beyond the original user. Mentor's Arvind Narayanan warns that the 10nm era has changed ph... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 12


Mentor's Harry Foster digs into verification technology adoption trends for ASIC/IC. Cadence's Tom Anderson looks at the goals of the Portable Stimulus Working Group and how they compare to those of UVM. Synopsys' Eric Huang checks out what's new in the land of USB, Type-C adoption, and cable testing. Ansys' Aveek Sarkar explores the challenges facing 7nm designs and the benefits of ch... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 21


Mentor's Ricardo Anguiano takes a look at a proposal to prevent auto accidents from becoming pile-ups: the relaying of hazard information to the cloud and on to upcoming vehicles. Why get rid of 3.5mm audio jacks? Synopsys' Michael Posner says it's all about the power optimization in the upcoming USB Type-C digital audio specification. NXP's Anand Kannan also thinks Type-C should be the d... » read more

Plugging Holes In Machine Learning


The number of companies using machine learning is accelerating, but so far there are no tools to validate, verify and debug these systems. That presents a problem for the chipmakers and systems companies that increasingly rely on machine learning to optimize their technology because, at least for now, it creates the potential for errors that are extremely difficult to trace and fix. At the s... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Fab tools Applied Materials has officially rolled out the Producer Selectra system, a selective etch tool. The system falls under the loosely defined category called atomic layer etch (ALE). Applied’s technology addresses a number of challenges. Today’s advanced chips have complex structures. They may also have deep and narrow trenches. One of the challenges is the inability of wet ... » read more

Blog Review: June 29


Ansys' Justin Nescott checks out the world's first electric highway for trucking in this week's top five tech picks. Plus, some cool houses, Boston Dynamics' giraffe-bot, and a drum kit in a backpack. Applied's Matt Cogorno takes a look at the challenges facing etch methods as devices keep getting smaller. Synopsys' Apoorva Mathur digs into the energy efficient aspects of the MIPI M-PHY a... » read more

The Road To 5nm


There is strong likelihood that enough companies will move to 7nm to warrant the investment. How many will move forward to 5nm is far less certain. Part of the reason for this uncertainty is big-company consolidation. There are simply fewer customers left who can afford to build chips at the most advanced nodes. Intel bought Altera. Avago bought Broadcom. NXP bought Freescale. GlobalFoundrie... » read more

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