The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys finalized its acquisition of Black Duck Software, which provides software for managing and securing open source software in projects, adding to Synopsys' burgeoning software analysis and security business. The cash deal was approximately $547 million net of cash acquired. STMicroelectronics acquired Atollic, maker of the Eclipse-based TrueSTUDIO Integrated Development Envir... » read more

Co-Modeling Takes Emulation To The Next Level: System-Of-Systems


As designs move beyond System-on-Chip (SoC) to more complex System-of-Systems (SoS), it’s essential for design teams to effectively verify that these systems function together as intended. Increasingly, system design companies are turning to emulators as the only verification platform with the capacity and performance to validate that their SoC and SoS designs function as intended. Todayâ€... » read more

Accounting For Power Earlier


Concerns about power usage in an SoC are far from new, but the adoption of power management techniques still varies by company and by project. Leading semiconductor providers have made the necessary changes in tooling and methodology to account for [getkc id="106" kc_name="power awareness"] because they have to, but the rest of the industry hasn't necessarily caught up. “The companies t... » read more

EDA Challenges Machine Learning


Over the past few years, [getkc id="305" kc_name="machine learning"] (ML) has evolved from an interesting new approach that allows computers to beat champions at chess and Go, into one that is touted as a panacea for almost everything. While there is clearly a lot of hype surrounding this, it appears that machine learning can produce a better outcome for many tasks in the EDA flow than even the... » read more

Co-modeling: A Powerful Capability For Hardware Emulation


Understanding co-modeling technology, its impact on verification and validation should be a critical aim for anyone selecting and deploying emulation co-modeling resources. This paper explores how emulation co-modeling — specifically for the Veloce Strato emulation platform from Mentor, a Siemens business — is architected to meet the needs of advanced verification and validation. To rea... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 13


Mentor's Sherif Hany notes that pattern matching isn't just for litho hotspots anymore, and is increasingly being used in a wide range of early design phase checks, DRC flows, layout retargeting and fixing and DFM checks. Synopsys' Eric Huang explains why USB cables have gotten so short, even though no length is mentioned in the specification. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as Jeremy ... » read more

Could Liquid IP Lead To Better Chips?


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the benefits that could come from making IP available as abstract blocks instead of RTL implementations with Mark Johnstone, technical director for Electronic Design Automation for [getentity id="22499" e_name="NXP"] Semiconductor; [getperson id="11489" p_name="Drew Wingard"], CTO at [getentity id="22605" e_name="Sonics"]; Bryan Bowyer, director of ... » read more

How To Sleep Easier If You Test Auto ICs For A Living


Last month, I looked at the product definition process of automotive ICs, using the $7 billion microcontroller market as an illustration of design exploration to optimize performance, features, die size and product cost. Now I’d like to look at the back end of the process — the final IC testing that’s still critical no matter how sound the upfront work in defining a featuring set and aptl... » read more

Preventing IoT Edge Device Vulnerabilities


As an EDA toolchain provider, Mentor keeps a close eye on security issues that occur in the world of electronics. We see volumes of research centered on protecting complex SoCs from attacks and interesting studies about detecting malicious logic in these ICs. But, security issues around IoT edge devices are rarely mentioned in the literature. However, the projected billions of IoT edge devices ... » read more

Enabling Automotive Design


Falling automotive electronics prices, propelled by advances in chip manufacturing and innovations on the design side, are driving a whole new level of demand across the automotive industry. Innovations that were introduced at the luxury end of the car market over the past couple years already are being implemented in more standard vehicles. The single biggest driver of change in the automo... » read more

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