Blog Review: Jan. 18


Mentor's Michael White warns that while skipping a node can be appealing, be prepared for the increase in computation requirements. Synopsys' Hezi Saar checks out the benefits of moving to the MIPI I3C standardized sensor interface. Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a talk by Eric Grosse on approaches to security and the RISC-V architecture. Applied's Mike Chudzik explains the problem... » read more

Choosing Power-Saving Techniques


Engineers have come up with a long list of ways to save power in chip and system designs, but there are few rules to determine which approaches work best for any given design. There is widespread confusion about what techniques should be used where, which IP or subsystem is best, and how everything should be packaged together. The choices include everything from the proper level of clock and... » read more

7nm Design Success Necessitates A Multi-Physics Approach


Whether you are designing an energy efficient mobile device, or an ADAS platform with stringent reliability requirements, or a high performance enterprise networking system, chips fabricated on advanced technologies such as 7-nanometer (nm) process and 2.5/3D or wafer level packaging can provide several advantages. Designs using these technologies consume less power while delivering higher thro... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 11


Mentor's Ron Press examines why test hasn't become a bottleneck in creating ever more advanced semiconductors. Synopsys' Graham Etchells warns that while finFET technologies have been successful, challenges persist. Cadence's Paul McLellan shares a behind-the-scenes look at developing the Palladium Z1 emulator. The White House's Craig Mundie and Paul Otellini highlight a PCAST report o... » read more

The Best Of Both Worlds


Fidelity and accuracy are critical in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. After all, physical prototyping and testing can only be reduced if one can expect accurate simulation results. But up to now, high fidelity, high accuracy results have come with a price. Complex, realistic geometries have required hours of manual effort to clean up the model and prepare the mesh. Users have bee... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 4


Mentor's Harry Foster wraps up his functional verification study series with a look the impact of verification maturity and safety critical designs on first silicon success. Synopsys' David Benas argues for using the insurance industry as a model in assessing the risk of potential software flaws. Cadence's Tom Anderson shares highlights from the recent International Workshop on Microproce... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 14


What are the technology options for 5nm? Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights an IEDM presentation by An Steegen of Imec. Synopsys' Michael Posner suggests we may not have to live with USB Type-C dongles for very long. Mentor's Craig Armenti presents some of the fundamental best practices and guidelines for rigid-flex PCB design. NXP's Joe Byrne digs into the Mirai botnet attack, arguing... » read more

Design Convergence For 7nm Chips Needs Big Data-Driven Multi-Physics Optimization


Advancements in silicon process technologies are enabling companies to deliver products with faster performance, lower power and greater functionality. These benefits are especially attractive for chip manufacturers servicing markets such as high-end mobile and enterprise computing. However, the cost in terms of both dollars and resources associated with bringing 7-nanometer (nm) finFET-based s... » read more

An Open Solution For Systems And Embedded Software Simulation


This paper describes a complete Systems and Embedded Software Validation & Verification workflow that uses SCADE for modeling and simulating the controller software and a combination of other modeling tools for plant simulation. It introduces the Scade language and the SCADE Suite toolset that includes a (certified) code generator for producing the controller software. It then describes how ... » read more

7nm Design Success Starts With Multi-Domain Multi-Physics Analysis


Companies can benefit from advancements in the latest semiconductor process technology by delivering smaller, faster and lower power products, especially for those servicing mobile, high performance computing and automotive ADAS applications. By using 7nm processes, design teams are able to add a lot more functionality onto a single chip and lower the power consumption by scaling operating volt... » read more

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