January 2016

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mergers & Acquisitions Rambus expanded the scope of its Cryptography Research Division with the acquisition of UK-based Smart Card Software. The £64.7M ($91.84 million) deal comprises advanced mobile payment platform developer Bell ID as well as Ecebs, a supplier of smart ticketing systems to the UK transport markets. Tools & IP Mentor Graphics uncorked its Embedded Multicore ... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing

Qualcomm recently announced the new Snapdragon 820. The cell-phone chipset is based on Samsung Electronics’ new 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) process, the second-generation of the company’s 14nm finFET process technology. What’s next? Qualcomm is developing the Snapdragon 830. “Snapdragon 830 leaks indicate that the chip will sport 8GB of RAM, an enhanced Kryo custom architecture, and fabbe... » read more

Time For Change

Semiconductor companies have been knocking on doors outside of the computer industry for the better part of two decades, pitching the value of digital and mixed-signal technology for improving efficiency in many market sectors. For most of that time, they received polite nods, occasional inquiries for more information and not much else. But over the past several years, those doors have open... » read more

Still Time to Blow Up UVM

Blowing up UVM is something I ran on my own blog a few years ago. Considering not much has changed with respect to UVM – that it continues to dominate verification circles – I figured it’s a discussion worth re-starting. In my mind, it’s not too late to take a few steps forward by blowing up UVM. A little history… the idea to blow up UVM was motivated by a slide snapshot posted to ... » read more

Heterogeneous Multi-Core Headaches

Cache coherency is becoming more pervasive—and more problematic—as the number of heterogeneous cores used in designs continues to rise. Cache coherency is an extension of caching, which has been around since the 1970s. The notion of a cache has a long history of being utilized to speed up a computer's main memory without adding expensive new components. Cache coherency's introduction coi... » read more

Using Agile Methods For Hardware

[getkc id="182" kc_name=agile development"] methodology for software is getting a much closer look by hardware teams these days, because what used to work in SoC design and verification isn't working nearly as well with rising complexity. Development processes need to be constantly evolved to determine how to be more productive, deliver higher quality, cut costs in development, and how to g... » read more

Device Adequateness

There is a growing chorus of people who are saying that 2016 will be, quite frankly, a boring technology year. They talk about no new or exciting products coming along. They talk about a lack of imagination, a lack of new product categories and quite a few failed categories from the past couple of years, such as wearables. It all comes down to the fact that products have not managed to make us ... » read more

Prototyping In The Driver’s Seat For ADAS Development

Wikipedia describes ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) as systems developed to automate/adapt/enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. Safety features are designed to avoid collisions and accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle. Adaptive features ... » read more

DAC Finds A New Voice

DAC stands for Design Automation Conference. Everyone: please stop saying “the DAC conference”. This may not be as widespread as folks calling an automated teller machine an ATM machine, although it’s still odd. But I digress… This year, the 53rd DAC will be held in Austin, Texas starting June 5. I’ve been going to DAC for more years than I will ever put in writing. I’ve seen so... » read more

Three Steps To Complete Power-Aware Debug

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about UPF and the successive refinement low power flow developed by ARM and Mentor Graphics (you can find these here.) In this blog we’d like to walk through some typical debugging scenarios our customers face in their low power designs. So I’ve asked two of our low power debug experts, Gabriel Chidolue and Mark Handover, to join me to make sure you get ... » read more

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