Architecting For Efficiency

By definition, to be efficient is to perform or function in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry. As this relates to SoC design today, achieving the highest level of efficiency is a challenge with many dimensions. Efficiency comes in multiple ways. “One dimension would be power consumption,” said Oz Le... » read more

MacBook Air 2013: Power Efficient To The Core(s)

By Cary Chin Last month, we looked at the initial announcement at WWDC of the latest MacBook Air laptops. These new machines are physically nearly identical to their predecessors, boast negligible performance improvements (and even performance degradation in some instances), cost about the same, and yet in my view are perhaps the most revolutionary products since the MacBook Air line was reinv... » read more

Shades Of Green

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Ask five people in the electronics industry what ‘green’ means and you are sure to get five different answers. In the datacenter, the definition is a little clearer because big iron draws so many amps. But at the SoC level where does the industry stand? The answer is as multifaceted as an SoC itself, with some answers based more on one-upmanship than real met... » read more

Challenges In IC And Electronic Systems Verification

By Aveek Sarkar Designing successful electronic systems that can meet the needs of a challenging and quickly evolving mobile market requires design teams to solve critical problems such as power efficiency, unrealistic schedules, and cost-down considerations. In this first of a three-part series, we will look at these challenges. Part 1: The Growing Challenges Designing electronic systems ... » read more

Testing the Waters

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Large semiconductor companies are now testing the waters in 3D design to determine how to best leverage the technology for lower power, better performance and additional architectural flexibility. As such, much work is being done to determine how exactly to achieve an optimum 3D design outcome. 3D is almost by definition an architectural approach to power sav... » read more