Reflections On 2015

It is easy to make predictions, but few people can make them with any degree of accuracy. Most of the time, those predictions are forgotten by the end of the year and there is no one to do a tally of who holds more credibility for next year. Not so with SemiEngineering. We like to hold people's feet to the fire, but while the Pants-On-Fire meter may be applicable to politicians, we like to thin... » read more

Is HW Or SW Running the Show?

In the past, hardware was designed and then passed over to the software team for them to add their contribution to the product. This worked when the amount of software content was small and the practice did not significantly contribute to product delays. Over time, the software content grew and today it is generally accepted that software accounts for more product expense than hardware, takes l... » read more

Software Driving More Hardware Designs

The influence of software engineers is growing inside of chip and systems companies, reversing a decades-old trend of matching the software to the fastest or most power-efficient hardware and raising as-yet unanswered questions about what will change in SoC design. The shift is particularly evident in chips developed for high-volume markets such as mobile phones and tablets. It's also happen... » read more

Hardware-Software Co-Design

A famous electronics company recently launched a new TV and web commercial emphasizing the importance of designing hardware and software together. (You can view the video here.) It is interesting to see that we have evolved to a state where a phone maker actually feels compelled to talk about the technical details of how the phone was designed. Rather than focusing on the screen resolution,... » read more

Emulation Uses Increase

For more than two decades, [getkc id="30" comment="emulation"] was a technology in search of a market. While on paper it has always made sense to speed up simulation, using hardware acceleration was so pricey that few companies could justify the cost. Fast-forward to today and emulation is a major contributor to the bottom line at all of the Big Three [getkc id="7" kc_name="EDA"] companies. ... » read more

What Will Change In Design For 2015?

This year more than 26 people provided predictions for 2015. Most of these came from the EDA industry, so the results may be rather biased. However, ecosystems are coming closer together in many parts of the semiconductor food chain, meaning that the EDA companies often can see what is happening in dependent industries and in the system design houses. Thus their predictions may have already res... » read more

Hardware-Software Rift Persists

Last month Semiconductor Engineering published an article about power optimization and the roles of the hardware and software teams in reducing energy consumption. The article portrayed the hardware team adding lots of capabilities for power reduction, while the software team was not making full use of those capabilities. That article made the rounds in a couple of LinkedIn forums populated ... » read more

A Connected Resolution

Let me first start off with wishing everyone a belated but great New Year! I wish everyone good health and a lot of friendship. And hopefully all those software driven devices around you will make your life better. At least that is the goal and the promise from the industry. I’m a big believer in the benefits of a “connected” future. The Internet of Things really has the potential to i... » read more

A Team Is Only As Strong As Its Captain

By Tom De Schutter Last week I was in Cambridge, UK. Although the weather wasn’t great, which seems to be pretty standard every time I visit, it actually didn’t rain a whole lot. That was a victory in itself. On one of the evenings I was eating with some colleagues at a restaurant overlooking Parker’s Piece, a 25-acre square of grass near the center of Cambridge. Frequent visitors of ... » read more

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