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Building Security IntoThe DevOps Life Cycle


The primary goal when breaking the build in the CI/CD DevOps life cycle is to treat security issues with the same level of importance as quality and business requirements. If quality or security tests fail, the continuous integration server breaks the build. When the build breaks, the CI/CD pipeline also breaks. Based on the reason for the broken build, appropriate activities such as archite... » read more

Constraint-Based Verification Of Clock Domain Crossings


There are many measures of the ever-growing size and complexity of semiconductor devices: die area, transistor count, gate count, size of memories, amount of parallel processing and more. All these factors mean more time spent in design, but they also have a major impact on verification. Since virtually all industry studies show verification time and effort growing faster than design, this impa... » read more

Testing Embedded MRAM IP For SoCs


The challenges of embedded memory test and repair are well known, including maximizing fault coverage to prevent test escapes and using spare elements to maximize manufacturing yield. With the surge in availability of promising non-volatile memory architectures to augment and potentially replace traditional volatile memories, a new set of SoC level memory test and repair challenges are emerging... » read more

The BSIMM Turns 10


The Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) is a data-driven model developed through the analysis of software security initiatives (SSIs), also known as application/product security programs. BSIMM10 represents the latest evolution of this detailed and sophisticated “measuring stick” for SSIs. Our analysis of real-world data from 122 organizations in eight industry verticals uncovered t... » read more

LPDDR4/4X DRAM Variants and Possible System Configurations


LPDDR is the de-facto standard for main-memory targeting mobile applications such as smartphones and tablets. Low-Power Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memories (LPDDR SDRAMs) or DRAMS offer high-performance while consuming significantly lower power than standard DDR memories, such as DDR5/4/3, which are ideal for systems requiring large memory capacity. For this reason, LPDD... » read more

Redefining Analog Fault Simulation For Automotive Functional Safety And Test Coverage Analysis


The growth in safety-critical applications has ushered in a paradigm shift in automotive IC functional safety and test coverage analysis. The increased need for safety, low defect rate, and long-term reliability is driving automotive IC designers to augment expert judgment with systematic fault simulation, to ensure a high degree of confidence in their analysis and to comply with the stringent ... » read more

Securing Smart Connected Homes With OTP NVM IP


The market for piracy is huge and hackers have become increasingly sophisticated even when security is implemented in hardware. The race between the aggressors and protectors is a battle without end. Smart connected home devices are increasingly storing and processing very sensitive and private user data in addition to attempting to deliver copyright protected content from service providers. Pr... » read more

Aligning Automotive Safety Requirements Between IP And SoCs


Today’s SoCs for automotive safety-related systems integrate numerous IP blocks. At the system level, the Hardware Software Interface (HSI) between these IP blocks needs to be verified in simulation and validated in prototype. However, the scaling of the scope and effort to verify or validate is not linear based on the growing complexity of SoCs and their components such as IP. Depending on t... » read more

Synopsys TestMAX CustomFault


The growth in safety-critical applications has ushered in a paradigm shift in automotive IC functional safety and test coverage analysis. The increased need for safety, low defect rate, and long-term reliability is driving automotive IC designers to augment expert judgment with systematic fault simulation, to ensure a high degree of confidence in their analysis and to comply with the stringent ... » read more

Revolutionizing Automotive Development For The Digital Future


For years, the automotive industry has warned of the impending challenges posed by electrification, autonomous technologies, vehicle-to-everything connectivity, and the uncertain evolution of vehicle ownership. Today, these individual technological leaps, and the ultimate industry revolution they comprise, no longer represent uncomfortable uncertainties, but extremely real and daunting challeng... » read more

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