July 2017


CCIX Enables Machine Learning


It takes a lot of technology to enable something like machine learning, and not all of it is as glamorous as neural network architectures and algorithms. Several levels below that is the actual hardware on which these run, and that brings us into the even less sexy world of interfaces. One such interface, the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX), pronounced C6, aims to make th... » read more

Data, Privacy And The IoT


The keynotes at this year's Design Automation Conference concentrated on the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] (IoT). All of the speakers came from a hardware background, and thus all saw the benefits of being close to the system that is generating the data, providing the analytics, and producing some kind of action that provides the economic benefit. The alternative view comes f... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers UMC has generated sales from its recently-announced 14nm finFET technology. The foundry vendor also plans to enter the 22nm process technology market. UMC will join other players in the 22nm arena, such as GlobalFoundries, Intel and TSMC. “So we do have a plan to introduce our 22nm as well and it will be available around 2018,” said Jason Wang, the newly appointed co-president o... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


IP Synopsys unveiled High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) IP. The package includes PHY, controller and verification IP and supports data rates up to 2400Mb/s, 20% faster than the JEDEC standard specification. The controller supports pseudo-channel operation in either lock step or memory interleaved mode, and the PHY offers four trained power management states and fast frequency switching. Cadence... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Finance August Home received $25 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $75 million. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures, Maveron, and Qualcomm Ventures were joined by AGL, Liberty Mutual, and SPDG. The Internet of Things startup will use the money to expand operations and to extend its offerings in home access products and services. Prospera, ... » read more

Explosive Growth Ahead


Over the next five years, sales across the semiconductor supply chain will double from $2 trillion to $4 trillion, said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI, during the opening presentation at Semicon West this month. These are gigantic numbers, and they reflect some massive shifts now underway across the semiconductor industry. Many chipmakers have been trying to figure out the next big ... » read more

Emulating Systems Of Systems


System design is all the craze these days. I have been in notably more discussions recently about how one can verify systems of systems. Does an airplane or a car lend itself to an array of emulators? Are multiple abstractions needed? How can design teams span electrical, mechanical, and thermal—as well as analog and digital—effects? Do companies need to re-organize to deal with system desi... » read more

Achieving Separation On Multiprocessor SoCs For Enhanced Safety And Security


As I read my colleague Andrew Caples’ article on The Blurring of Safety and Security for Embedded Devices, I immediately started to think of the Xilinx UltraScale+ MPSoC – as I have engaged with numerous customers about using this chip for both safety and security purposes, and the requirements for both areas are definitely starting to blur. I quickly realized a blog about the Xilinx... » read more

Improving VHDL


For the past several years, I have had the privilege to chair the IEEE 1076 VHDL working group. In March, we handed off the revisions to the VHDL LRM to our technical editor to finalize the document for balloting. As we are waiting for the standards process to finish up, I thought I would share my favorite new additions. Let me start with an executive summary: VHDL-2017 plus Open Source VHDL... » read more

And The Winners Are… 10 Formal Solutions To Einstein’s Riddle


A few months back, OneSpin asked engineers to solve the classic Einstein’s Riddle using a formal tool. The challenge became hugely popular, and we received many outstanding solutions. To check out the riddle itself and the top 10 solutions created by leading engineers, click here. In this blog, we take another look at the riddle, review the best solutions and announce the winners. We ha... » read more

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