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Shifting Left In P&R With In-Design Signoff Fill For Faster And More Accurate Tapeouts

Place and route (P&R) engineers are always on the lookout for ways to optimize their design flows to ensure designs meet their design power, performance, and area (PPA) goals while also hitting tapeout deadlines. The introduction of the Calibre RealTime Digital interface made Calibre nmDRC and Calibre nmDRC Recon design rule checking (DRC) verification available during the P&R process t... » read more

In-Design Signoff DRC For Productivity Improvement

Microsemi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology, produces a portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense and security, aerospace, and industrial markets. In addition to high-performance and radiation-hardened analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs, they also design power management products, timing and synchronization devices, ... » read more

Signoff DRC In P&R Lets You Get Better Products To Market Faster

Trust is generally a reflection of quality. You trust someone, be it an individual or a company, because they have, over time, consistently performed high-quality work. You trust a product because your past experience with that product has been positive, or the experiences of lots of other people have been positive. With that said, quality comes in shades and percentages. Most of us will happil... » read more

How Qualcomm Got Faster Signoff DRC Convergence

Qualcomm Incorporated designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services that are the foundational technologies that others build upon, from mobile processors to embedded platforms, Bluetooth products, and cellular modems. In the fast-moving mobile phone market in which Qualcomm competes, companies who can get to market more quickly gain a strong competitive advantage, along ... » read more

Optimizing Your DRC Debug Can Reap Big Productivity Gains

Debugging design violations found by design rule checking (DRC) has always taken a significant share of the time needed to get a design to tapeout. And debug time only increases as the number and complexity of DRC expands with each new process node. Any steps you can take to make your DRC debug process more efficient directly improves your productivity. One technique for minimizing debug tim... » read more

You’re Not Alone

All too often we get caught up in our own work and our own issues, thinking no one else could possibly be having as much trouble as we are. The reality is that many, if not most, of the problems and challenges in IC verification are not unique to one design, one team, or one person. The natural reluctance of people to admit they are struggling with some aspect of their job often keeps them from... » read more