Gate-Level Simulation Methodology


The increase in design sizes and the complexity of timing checks at 40nm technology nodes and below is responsible for longer run times, high memory requirements, and the need for a growing set of gate-level simulation (GLS) applications including design for test (DFT) and low- power considerations. As a result, in order to complete the verification requirements on time, it becomes extr... » read more

Know What To Look For


With the number of power domains exploding in today’s ICs, it’s extremely difficult to include all different modes of complexity in the verification. “The problem was already challenging enough,” observed Mark Baker, director of product marketing at Atrenta. “Just looking at where SoC design was going was a collection of various IPs, the different communication protocols, the bus ... » read more

Aren’t We Beyond That?


The latest and greatest technologies always get the most attention because they are new and fresh, but gate-level simulation—a long-time workhorse tool—is seeing a small comeback with designers as of late. According to Cadence’s Pete Hardee, even though the industry is spending a lot of time looking ahead to architectural-level power modeling and virtual prototyping, the need for detai... » read more