The Road To Autonomous Driving Is Paved With New Opportunities For Chip Companies


The migration from human-driven to self-driven vehicles in the next few years will provide the semiconductor industry with new opportunities. Vehicles on the road today have so far featured only a few digital enhancements and even less automation. Indeed, the most noticeable enhancements have been made in the advancement of the infotainment console within the dashboard – the ability to str... » read more

Prototyping Partitioning Problems


Gaps are widening in the prototyping of large, complex chips because the speed and capacity of the FPGA is not keeping pace with rapid rollout pace of advanced ASICs. This is a new twist for a well-established market. Indeed, prototyping with FPGAs is as old as the [gettech id="31071" t_name="FPGAs"] themselves. Even before they were called FPGAs, logic accelerators or LCAs (logic cell ar... » read more

Understanding How To Assess Tool Confidence Levels For ISO 26262


ISO 26262, the automotive functional safety standard, requires the assessment of software Tool Confidence Levels (TCLs). Some SoC designers are under the impression that all tools must be classified with a TCL1. In reality, the goal is to classify your tools accurately for your specific situation and use case. This white paper provides insight on assessing TCLs that are consistent with ISO 2626... » read more

Lots Of Little Knobs For Power


Dynamic power is becoming a much bigger worry at new nodes as more finFETs are packed on a die and wires shrink to the point where resistance and capacitance become first-order effects. Chipmakers began seeing dynamic power density issues with the first generation of [getkc id="185" kc_name="finFETs"]. While the 3D transistor structures reduced leakage current by providing better gate contro... » read more

Continuous Integration


In this article, I tackle the classic question engineers developing software for custom integrated circuits (ICs) grapple with constantly: How do I test my software before the hardware team gets me a working silicon chip? No ‘one size fits all’ solution is provided here (look for that alongside my pet unicorn); instead I detail an easy-to-use yet powerful approach to solve this proble... » read more

Making Software Development Equivalent For Models And Boards


Selected Cortex-M processors include the instruction trace microcell (ITM) to help understand system behavior. Although it can provide other types of trace, the ITM is commonly associated with printf() output and event tracing from applications and operating systems. Historically, Fast Model systems have used semihosting or UART models to provide character and file I/O when running software on ... » read more

Linux Security Primer: SELinux And SMACK Frameworks


With the increased expansion of the IoT, software developers are called upon to do more to protect their devices from malicious attacks. Building a secure system involves many components and layers of security. This paper offers an introductory review of two popular Linux security frameworks: SELinux and SMACK. Readers will gain an understanding of these two frameworks and when to best implemen... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance Santa Monica, Calif.-based Sixgill reports raising $27.9 million in its Series B round of private financing, led by DRW Venture Capital. Mobile Financial Partners participated in the round. The startup last year raised $6 million in its Series A funding, also led by DRW. The company offers the Sixgill Sense sensor data services platform, addressing applications in the Internet of Thing... » read more

Are You Designing The Right Product?


Development and production of SoCs is becoming more and more complex and expensive. And rightfully so, the semiconductor industry spends billions of dollars on verification efforts. Verification is about checking the design behaves per its specification, a process that is very important and well understood. Still, something can go terribly wrong because having a verified SoC does not guarant... » read more

Executive Insight: Aart de Geus


Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of [getentity id="22035" e_name="Synopsys"], sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss machine learning and big data, the race toward autonomous vehicles, systems vs. chips, software vs. hardware, and the future of EDA. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: The whole tech world is buzzing over data and how it gets used in areas such as... » read more

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