May 2013


The Week In Review: May 31


By Ed Sperling Mentor Graphics and GlobalFoundries teamed up to deliver 20nm design kits that include Mentor’s place and route tool, including verification and conflict resolution engines for double-patterning violations. The 20nm process is used for GlobalFoundries’ 14nm finFETs. Mentor also received 16nm finFET certification from TSMC for the same tools plus its physical verification pl... » read more

Experts At The Table: The Growing Signoff Headache


By Ed Sperling Low-Power/High-Performance Engineering sat down to discuss signoff issues with Rob Aitken, an ARM fellow; Sumbal Rafiq, director of engineering at Applied Micro; Ruben Molina, product marketing director for timing signoff at Cadence; Carey Robertson, director of product marketing for Calibre extraction at Mentor Graphics; and Robert Hoogenstryd, director of marketing for design... » read more

Formal Verification Comes Of Age


By Ann Steffora Mutschler Formal verification technology, also known as formal property checking, has been in existence since the early 1990s. Still, it’s only in the past five years that it has made big strides in the last five years in terms of the capacity of the technology to handle bigger pieces of a design, leveraging advancements in computing as well as improvements to the algor... » read more

The X Factor


By Ed Sperling The number of unknowns is growing in every segment of SoC design all the way through manufacturing, raising the stakes between reliability and the tradeoffs necessary to meet market windows. Tools are available to deal with some of these unknowns, or X’s, but certainly not all of them. Moreover, no single tool can handle all unknowns, some of which can build upon other unkn... » read more

The Growing Need For Behavioral Modeling


By Ann Steffora Mutschler When it comes to behavioral or functional modeling, there is an inherent notion of function, architecture and interconnect. This approach has long been considered a future requirement, but in complex designs the future part no longer applies. Behavioral modeling is a way of isolating or abstracting out a key part of the architectural description and making sure i... » read more

Pitfalls In Subsystem Reuse


By Ann Steffora Mutschler IP subsystems provide a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to SoC design by combining multiple IP blocks together to perform individual functions such as audio, graphics or video. The advantage of this approach is that these functions can be tested and verified at the unit level then integrated with the top-level SoC. This also facilitates reuse because each of ... » read more

Experts At The Table: The Internet Of Everything


By Ed Sperling System-Level Design sat down to discuss the Internet of Things with Jack Guedj, president and CEO of Tensilica; John Heinlein, vice president of marketing for the physical IP division of ARM; Kamran Izadi, director of sourcing and supplier management at Cisco; and Oleg Logvinov, director of market development for STMicroelectronics’ Industrial and Power Conversion Division. Wh... » read more

Experience Required


Many prominent semiconductor, EDA and IP companies are acknowledging the influence of user-experience design methodologies and technologies on their business. Experiences are the evolution of commoditization (chip hardware) and customization (software). But many design engineers remain cautious about the actual application of experiences to their work. What is driving this emphasis on expe... » read more

The (R)evolution Of Intelligent IP Subsystems


IP subsystems have gone from talking point to reality in a very short period of time, but most coverage focuses on a hardware integrators view. The system integrator’s view is very different because the task of software integration is now vastly more complex dealing with software from multiple providers, using different assumptions and with different requirements. This effort, already larger ... » read more

Software, From Zero To Hero


By Tom De Schutter As the amount of software in electronics applications continues to grow across many markets, from mobile phones to automotive hybrid systems, it is interesting to see how people portray this new-found dependency on software availability. I recently saw a presentation slide with the title: software delays products. Well, that’s one way of looking at it, but it’s a rather ... » read more

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