March 2013


Experts At The Table: The Trouble With Low-Power Verification


By Ed Sperling Low-Power/High-Performance Engineering sat down to discuss low-power verification with Leah Clark, associate technical director at Broadcom; Erich Marschner, product marketing manager at Mentor Graphics; Cary Chin, director of marketing for low-power solutions at Synopsys; and Venki Venkatesh, senior director of engineering at Atrenta. What follows are excerpts of that conversat... » read more

Experts At The Table: Verification Strategies


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss verification strategies and changes with Harry Foster, chief verification scientist at Mentor Graphics: Janick Bergeron, verification fellow at Synopsys; Pranav Ashar, CTO at Real Intent; Tom Anderson, vice president of marketing at Breker Verification Systems; and Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO of OneSpin Solutions. What follows are e... » read more

Diverging Viewpoints


By Ed Sperling The raw materials of semiconductor design include smart, well-trained people and money to fund good ideas from those people, whose backgrounds typically come from engineering, math, physics, computer science, materials science and sometimes even chemistry. While many experts, executives, and industry groups have been sounding the alarm in recent years about everything from la... » read more

Executive Briefing: Wally Rhines


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design, as part of its ongoing executive briefing series, sat down with Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics' chairman and CEO, to talk about future problems, opportunities, and the gray areas that could go either way. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SLD: Is the amount of time spent on verification increasing? Rhines: It depends on how you define who s... » read more

The Evolving Interconnect


By Ann Steffora Mutschler Chip interconnect protocol requirements are evolving as designs move to 20nm and below process geometries, and not always in predictable ways. At least part of this is being driven by what an SoC is used for. The continued push to shrink features opens up real estate at each new process node. For the past decade, that real estate has been used to add more featu... » read more

The Smartphonification Of Things


By Ann Steffora Mutschler The term, ‘Internet of Things,’ was first coined more than a decade ago by technology visionary Kevin Ashton but has slowly trickled down to the world of chip design and is now mentioned constantly in conversation. The reason is simple: System-level design tools are getting sophisticated enough to handle the intricacies required by devices in an Internet of ... » read more

More Than Data Management


By Ann Steffora Mutschler Managing the people, the data and the technology are just as important as meeting the market window given that without these, the entire project wouldn’t function. Throw huge data set sizes, different cultures and business management issues into the mix and the challenges are many. Fortunately, these are issues that the semiconductor industry has been refining for ... » read more

Continuous, Connected And Concurrent Verification


By Ed Sperling It’s a wonder that any electronic system works as intended, or that it continues to work months or years after it is sold. The reason: SoCs have become so complex that no verification coverage model is sufficient anymore, no methodology covers every aspect of verification, and no single tool or even collection of tools can catch every bug or prevent them from being there in th... » read more

Experts At The Table: Verification Strategies


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss verification strategies and changes with Harry Foster, chief verification scientist at Mentor Graphics: Janick Bergeron, verification fellow at Synopsys; Pranav Ashar, CTO at Real Intent; Tom Anderson, vice president of marketing at Breker Verification Systems; and Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO of OneSpin Solutions. What follows are e... » read more

Network Software Bring Up


By Tom De Schutter With their latest Cortex-A processors, and especially the ARMv8 Cortex-A57 processor, ARM has provided the right scalability and performance required for network applications. Porting and developing software for these multicore/multi-cluster designs, however, is not a trivial task and cannot be done as an afterthought. That is the topic that Robert Kaye from ARM and I addres... » read more

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