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Hot Technologies In Cold Weather


It is a busy week for verification and software development. DVCon in San Jose; Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany; and Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain are all happening at the same time. I ended up covering embedded software in Germany (as I also had a paper on “Shift Left” here). At chilly minus 1° Celsius in the morning, the technologies had to be pretty hot to warm me... » read more

Will Top-Down Hardware/Software Co-Design Ever Happen?


Hardware/software co-design has been talked about, and predicted to be a problem, for at least two decades now. Why has the hardware/software development world not come to an end? In 1999, Wilf Corrigan—LSI Logic’s CEO at the time—said that the most pressing need for new EDA tools was a better methodology that would “allow software developers to begin software verification more near the... » read more

Verification Throughput Is Set To Increase By Leaps And Bounds In 2019


In June 2015, I wrote the blog “Towards A Metric To Measure Verification Computing Efficiency” that introduced what we now refer to here at Cadence as the “productivity wheel” for verification payloads—the sequence of “build”, “allocate”, “run” and “debug” that is repeated thousands of times during a project. It was meant to set up the launch of the Palladium Z1 platfo... » read more

Virtual Design Chains At The EDA Forum


The German edacentrum’s EDA Forum was held in Berlin, Germany, in early November. It was very interesting to see the design chain effects in the automotive domain, very visible in a panel yours truly was part of, together with Audi, Bosch, Infineon, MicroChip, Synopsys, Mentor, and the BMBF. Driven from the top of the design chain, the direction is clearly to go more virtual to optimize the c... » read more

The Power Of Ecosystems At Arm TechCon 2018


I have long been fascinated by the workings of ecosystems. Last week’s Arm TechCon in San Jose was a textbook example of how ecosystems work, overlap and how the electronics development work is indeed like a village—it takes many players to make things happen to enable end users to receive the latest gadgets like phones, fitness trackers, electronic watches, etc. The game of electronic ecos... » read more

The Revenge Of The Digital Twins


How do we verify artificial intelligence? Even before “smart digital twins” get as advanced as shown in science fiction shows, making sure they are “on our side” and don’t “go rogue” will become a true verification problem. There are some immediate tasks the industry is working on—like functional safety and security—but new verification challenges loom on the horizon. As in pr... » read more

Verification Trends Enabling A 5G Future


Applications have driven requirements for verification for quite some time now, as I have written previously regarding Aero & Defense, AI and Machine Learning and the Internet of Things. In wireless communication, we are just at the brink of the transition to Fifth Generation Networks, or 5G. This transition will not only lead to new applications and use models that will impact our day-to-d... » read more

The Future Is Bright: DARPA Is Driving Electronic Resurgence


This week, DARPA ran the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit in San Francisco, and while we are certainly staring at some daunting challenges to continue the fast-paced development in electronics, it looks like the future actually looks quite bright. I found myself whistling, “How lucky we are to be alive right now” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton when leaving the stunning P... » read more

DAC 2018: System Design, Cloud And Machine Learning


This marks the 10th DAC that I have covered as a blogger. At DAC 2008 in Anaheim, the industry had just come together behind the SystemC TLM 2.0 standard to enable virtual platforms, finally getting to model interoperability. System design is the common thread that is also present in this year’s DAC in 2018 in San Francisco. But a lot has changed. Big data analytics, artificial intelligence a... » read more

Electronic System-Level Design: Are We There Yet?


I am writing this while attending NI Week in Austin and am admittedly wowed by National Instruments’ open test platform. NI Week’s theme is “Developing the Future Faster.” The Tuesday keynote included guest speakers from Mazda, Honeywell, and NXP, and these were great examples of system-level design of different scopes, from cars to distributed systems to chips enabling them. Personally... » read more

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