Open Standards For Verification?


The increasing use of verification data for analyzing and testing complex designs is raising the stakes for more standardized or interoperable database formats. While interoperability between databases in chip design is not a new idea, it has a renewed sense of urgency. It takes more time and money to verify increasingly complex chips, and more of that data needs to be used earlier in the fl... » read more

It’s All In the Sequence


No project team wants a “Houston, we have a problem,” moment. And yet, they happen all too frequently, even though there could be a tool to avoid that heart-in-mouth situation. The real-life Houston moment, brought dramatically to life in the 1995 movie “Apollo 13,” occurred during what was meant to be the seventh manned mission of the NASA Apollo space program in 1970. It didn’t m... » read more

Making Way For Register Specification Software


No one gives much thought to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning registers in the house –– typically, two in each room, one for supply, the other for return. That is, until the lever in each needs to be manually adjusted to modulate the temperature to be hotter or colder, or the seasons change and the filters with them. Alas, registers in hardware design seem to have gotten the... » read more