Power Confounds, Challenges

I have to admit I’m always surprised to hear that design teams are not using tools to the fullest extent possible, leaving valuable power saving opportunities on the table, until I remember how daunting it is to get it all right without tremendous experience, expertise, and the right tools. I’m also always fascinated to learn about less-obvious effects from power. To this point, Aveek... » read more

Next-Generation RTL Floorplanning

Mentor’s physical RTL synthesis tools, including RealTime Designer and next-generation products, have the unique technology to pull placement ahead of synthesis and address the need for RTL floorplanning. Mentor’s physical RTL synthesis tools offer higher capacity, faster runtimes, optimal QoR, and physical awareness during RTL synthesis by optimizing at a higher level of abstraction and u... » read more

IC Compiler II Multi-Level Physical Hierarchy Floorplanning

Large, complex SoC designs require hierarchical layout methodologies that span multiple levels of physical hierarchy. Many EDA tools only handle two levels of physical hierarchy at a given time resulting in longer layout schedules that are risky at best. Synopsys' IC Compiler II provides automation designs with multiple levels of hierarchy that minimizes time to results, provides best QoR, and ... » read more

Tear Down The Wall Between Front-End And Back-End Teams

As complexity of system-on-chip devices increases, it's becoming imperative for design teams and organizations to re-examine how they work with one another in order to improve productivity. One giant step in this direction is to bridge the divide between the front-end design process and the physical back-end design process. We often refer to this as a figurative “wall,” but there is real... » read more