Accelerating Monte Carlo Analysis At Advanced Nodes

Advanced-node designs have much larger variation, making it much more difficult to achieve high yields at these processes. But can you really afford to run thousands or even millions of statistical simulations to predict how well your design will meet its specs? Or overdesign to accommodate manufacturing variations? In this paper, we will introduce a fast Monte Carlo analysis technique that del... » read more

The New Platform-Based Design

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Driven by the continued explosion in design costs, the term ‘platform-based design’ is evolving. A platform used to be viewed as an actual chip with some configurability on it that a semiconductor company promoted. Their customers would buy that chip in volume, configure it to their requirements, and sell it inside their end devices. The definition has beco... » read more