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Computer Vision Sees a Bright Future


Computer vision is powering advances in automotive, medical, consumer, and agriculture markets. Because the world of computer vision coupled with machine learning evolves so quickly, teams need a way to design and verify an algorithm while the specifications and requirements evolve without starting over every time there is a change. The only way to successfully develop these systems is to use h... » read more

Generative Design for Autonomous Vehicle Electrical Systems


The massive complexity inherent in autonomous vehicle design will push the tools and methodologies used by automotive engineers to their limits. This is especially true in the electrical and electronic systems domains as they come to dominate the operation of a vehicle’s safety-critical systems and amenities. To compete, autonomous car manufacturers will need a new design methodology that ena... » read more

Improving Library Characterization with Machine Learning


Efficient and accurate library characterization is a critical step in full-chip or block-level design flows because it ensures that all library elements perform to specification under all intended operating conditions. However, traditional library characterization and validation have become increasingly expensive in terms of computation and engineering effort, due to complexity and the amount o... » read more

Accurate, fast P2P resistance extraction for unconventional geometries


Accurately measuring interconnect resistance is fundamental to ensuring circuit reliability. Applications that use unconventional metal structures and multiple probe points require enhanced fracturing techniques to extract P2P resistance quickly and accurately. To read more, click here. » read more

Collaborative IC Design Mandates Integrated Data Management


Due to complexity and multi-domain expertise, custom IC design typically requires a team to successfully design and verify the project. Often, specific blocks are assigned to team members based on analog, digital, MEMS, RF expertise, across multiple geographies, and separate verification team members focus on block and system validation. This means that unstructured design files with multiple c... » read more

Simplifying Mixed-Signal Verification With The Symphony Platform


As complexity of mixed-signal SoCs grows, verification engineers cannot rely on the “divide and conquer” approach of verifying digital and analog blocks individually and then stitching them together for full-chip verification. Verification teams need to run an increasing number of mixed-signal simulations at the top level as well as at the subsystem to make sure there are no functional erro... » read more

Straight Talk On Design Tools And ISO 26262


Understanding evolving functional safety goals is difficult. The good news is there are some first principles that apply for safety-minded engineers, including when it comes to evaluating software design tools used to create everything from the systems to the IC components, software and networks and that are so critical in automotive design today. The best advice is a twist on the “think glob... » read more

Layout Driven Design With L-Edit Photonics


Advances in integrated circuit technology and fabrication have made it possible to leverage traditional CMOS fabrication processes and materials and apply them to the design of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). The combination of PICs with traditional electronic integrated circuits, called integrated photonics, is the ability to move, modulate, and detect light on a single IC. While there is... » read more

System-Level, Post-Layout Electrical Analysis For High-Density Advanced Packaging


As HDAP designs become more popular, the need for post-layout simulation (analog) and post-layout STA (digital) flows to augment basic physical verification (DRC and LVS) is growing. Mentor provides an accurate, automated flow that generates the required HDAP netlist for simulation/STA to enable HDAP designers to ensure that the HDAP will perform as designed. To read more, click here. » read more

Boosting Regression Throughput By Reusing Setup Phase Simulation


This paper discusses how to write a design so the common initial setup phase simulation is done once and then used as a foundation to run different tests later on, including the ability to change test stimulus to simulate different test behaviors. It also discusses what type of designs are appropriate for this methodology and what a designer can do to make his/her design suitable for it. Also c... » read more

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