Blog Review: July 19


Synopsys' Prishkrit Abrol provides a detailed explanation of how the USB Type-C connector works. Mentor's Ricardo Anguiano examines how the RISC-V ecosystem is expanding and latest developments in the open source toolchain. Cadence's Gopi Krishnamurthy explains the lane margining requirements of the PCIe 4.0 specification. ARM's Chet Babla unravels some claims about Narrowband IoT, Cat... » read more

What Does An IoT Chip Look Like?


By Ed Sperling and Jeff Dorsch Internet of Things chip design sounds like a simple topic on the face of it. Look deeper, though, and it becomes clear there is no single IoT, and certainly no type of chip that will work across the ever-expanding number of applications and markets that collectively make up the IoT. Included under this umbrella term are sensors, various types of processors, ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Ansys acquired Computational Engineering International (CEI), the developer of a suite of products that helps analyze, visualize and communicate simulation data. Founded in 1994 as a spin-off from Cray Research, the company's program covers a wide range of data formats. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. IP Efabless launched an open source framework that allows community members... » read more

IoT Myth Busting


The [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] (IoT) means many things to a large number of people, but one thing is clear—every discussion involving the IoT invariably includes some rather dramatic growth predictions for how many connected devices will be sold and who will be the primary beneficiaries. While that data helps spice up speeches, and typically gets people to read and quote ... » read more

Transistor Aging Intensifies At 10/7nm And Below


Transistor aging and reliability are becoming much more troublesome for design teams at 10nm and below. Concepts like ‘infant mortality’ and 'bathtub curves' are not new to semiconductor design, but they largely dropped out of sight as methodologies and EDA tools improved. To get past infant mortality, a burn-in process would be done, particularly for memories. And for reliability, which... » read more

Using An Integrated Subsystem To Accelerate Data Fusion In Your SoC


The fusion of sensor data, voice, audio and biometrics is constantly increasing the processing requirements for applications in mobile, automotive and IoT markets. Next-generation digital sensors require higher bandwidths, and more advanced voice detection and speech recognition algorithms are driving the development of progressively more complex embedded ICs. Sensor fusion to data fusion T... » read more

The Basics Of Foundation IP For Automotive ICs


This white paper provides a broad overview of requirements that must be considered in order to design and manufacture integrated circuits (ICs) for the automotive sector. The paper looks specifically at the standards that apply to Foundation IP - logic libraries, embedded memories, and memory built-in self-test (BIST) - for different automotive IC functions and how reliability grades affect IP ... » read more

Blog Review: July 12


Mentor's Puneet Sinha points to five big engineering stumbling blocks in building commercially-viable autonomous vehicles. Synopsys' Anders Nordstrom checks out some exotic applications of formal verification. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in on a talk by Cadence's Michelle (Xuehong) Mao on how the company's deep neural network, CactusNet, works for optimizing network architecture. S... » read more

The Darker Side Of Machine Learning


Machine learning can be used for many purposes, but not all of them are good—or intentional. While much of the work underway is focused on the development of machine learning algorithms, how to train these systems and how to make them run faster and do more, there is a darker side to this technology. Some of that involves groups looking at what else machine learning can be used for. So... » read more

Blog Review: July 5


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the current state of System-in-Package technology and how different products incorporate SiP. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi digs into the differences between two major recent ransomware outbreaks, WanaCry and Petya. A Mentor staff writer shares some highlights from this year's DAC. ARM's Rene Haas examines what consumers think about AI and the impact it wil... » read more

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