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Debug Solutions For Designers Accelerate Time To Verification

Complexity continues to explode as designs become larger and more complicated with more functionality and more aggressive expectations. The cost of doing business as usual, for the entire design and verification team, in turn, grows exponentially, in terms of time, effort, and dollars. Fig. 1: Discovering issues later than possible requires more effort to find and fix. (Source: Wilson Rese... » read more

Does IoT Change Design?

Over the past few months, and especially at DAC, I have been struck by the amount of interest in IoT and its impact on semiconductor design. In this post I will look at how IoT impacts the life of system designers — and explore if it really changes anything. Important source of semiconductor growth IoT is clearly important to investors, semiconductor makers, IP and EDA because it expands ... » read more

EDA Resurgence Through Open Flows

A couple of years ago I would talk to investors about startups in the systems space and overwhelmingly they were extremely negative: startups were dying; there was no investment; it was difficult to get products to market. This same conversation has happened in the past with infrastructure software, and is happening now with EDA in terms of stagnation, lack of innovation and lack of investment.... » read more

The Perilous Path From Technology To Product

I spend a lot of my time talking to people about technology and about bringing technology products to market. Along the way I find myself regularly discussing three common dilemmas that technologists have, and in this post I wanted to share those with you. On to the three topics: 1) It’s not about technology. More correctly I should say it’s not just about technology. The trend set by... » read more

Sometime More Is More And Less…

Anyone who has been reading this blog has already figured out that as an ex-system designer, I am a fan of intelligent IP subsystems, and in a couple of my previous posts I already talked about how they make design easier by distributing the overall complexity. The other day however, I found myself trying to describe to a non-semiconductor person why this move is good and what benefits it de... » read more

Don’t Quit Your Hardware Job

At the recent Intel Developers Forum I was struck with the prevalence of software-defined architectures. Topics covered software-defined networking, software-defined storage, and the software-defined data center. It seemed that the concept of software-defined infrastructure was everywhere. It’s not unique to IDF, however. I suspect that at the upcoming ARM TechCon the trend will continue, but... » read more

The Case For Extensible Processors

By Neil Hand In a previous post I talked about how intelligent subsystems are going to impact overall system design. Because many more design teams are going to be required to implement complex processing power into there subsystems, I thought it time to expand on that topic and talk a little about options available to add that intelligence. One size does not fit all The traditional approa... » read more

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By Neil Hand I’m not talking about how to make more environmentally friendly products, because let’s face it, the gadgets we love are monsters when it comes to environmental impact. I’m referring to the ideals of environmentalism and how those can be applied in a system-design context. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle This is the mantra you see everywhere and it maps very well into the system ... » 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