Accurate Thermal Analysis, Including Thermal Coupling Of On-Chip Hot Interconnect


Driven by rapid advancement in mobile/server computing and automotive/communications, SoCs are experiencing a fast pace of functional integration along with technology scaling. Advanced low power techniques are widely used, while meeting higher performance requirements using a variety of packaging technologies. The Internet of Things (IoT) is further opening up new applications with connected d... » read more

Making Cars Better


The automotive industry, with its double-digit growth, is a very attractive market for equipment manufacturers. This growth is explained not only by the increasing number of cars produced for the Asia market, but also by the shift of basic customer expectations for things such as more hybrid and electrical vehicles, more sophisticated infotainment requirements, and more high-end features. O... » read more

New Directions For EDA


DAC is over and everyone is asking – what was the theme this year? It is sometimes difficult to make such a determination because quite often the theme has been there for some time, but suddenly appears more obvious than it did in the past. Some years it is a new product or class of products. The theme also can remain hidden, or disguised. As an example, people have been talking about the ... » read more

Early Power Budgeting for Live Applications


Today, power and energy efficiency are at the forefront of SoC design. Functional activity has a first-order impact on power. Increasing functional integration requires a comprehensive analysis of power consumption across complex modes of operation. Power inefficiency in any one mode can have a significant impact on the competitiveness of a product or time to market. So designers are looking fo... » read more

System-Aware SoC Power, Noise And Reliability Sign-off


In globally competitive markets for mobile, consumer and automotive electronic systems, the critical success factors are power consumption, performance and reliability. To manage these conflicting requirements, design teams consider multiple options, including the use of advanced process technology nodes — especially finFET-based devices. These advanced technology nodes allow chips to operate... » read more

Can RTL Clock Power Be Accurate Enough For Sub-20nm Multi-GHz Designs?


The Register Transfer Language (RTL) has increasingly been adopted to enable early and high-impact power decisions. As a cycle-accurate hardware abstraction, RTL is expected to deliver reasonable power accuracy. Clocks are particularly important to analyze and optimize for power. They switch the most and drive the highest loads. Clock gating is an effective power reduction technique that shuts ... » read more

Too Big To Handle?


By Ann Steffora Mutschler With the insatiable demand for power efficiency today, the power management tasks have been pushed up into the realm of the software engineer due to the sheer complexity of the hardware design and the demands on the hardware designer to get their part right. Managing power properly in embedded software boils down to really understanding the application and how it i... » read more

Experts At The Table: Automotive Electronics


By Ann Steffora Mutschler System-Level Design sat down to discuss the opportunities in automotive electronics with Alexandre Palus, principal SoC architect at Altera; Aveek Sarkar, VP of product engineering & support at Apache; Mladen Nizic, engineering director, mixed signal solution at Cadence; and Stephen Pateras, product marketing director, silicon test solutions at Mentor Graphics. W... » read more

Experts At The Table: Automotive Electronics


By Ann Steffora Mutschler System-Level Design sat down to discuss the opportunities in automotive electronics with Alexandre Palus, principal SoC architect at Altera; Aveek Sarkar, VP of product engineering & support at Apache; Mladen Nizic, engineering director, mixed signal solution at Cadence; and Stephen Pateras, product marketing director, silicon test solutions at Mentor Graphics. Wh... » read more

Automotive Power Concerns


By Ann Steffora Mutschler With advanced semiconductor technologies infiltrating the automotive market in ever new and exciting ways, there are also challenges to implementation involving power. In fact, power has become a concern in many areas of automotive design. Consider the Tesla, for example. The dashboard features a 17” touchscreen with the entire vehicle controls. This system i... » read more

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