Blog Review: Oct. 21

HBM, GDDR6 evolution; formal property checking; security vs. time.


Rambus’ Frank Ferro and IDC’s Shane Rau compare the evolution of HBM and GDDR6, as well as the design tradeoffs and challenges of the two memory types.

Mentor’s Neil Johnson compares unit testing and formal property checking as first steps for verifying low-level RTL functionality.

Synopsys’ Patrick Carey considers the competing demands of delivering a product as soon as possible and making sure it is secure, and how to stop vulnerable code from getting pushed to production.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan checks out the Arm-based Amazon AWS Graviton 2 server chip with a discussion on its early rollout and its application to simulation and characterization workloads.

Arm’s Pablo Fraile points to upcoming trends such as porting of PC and console games to mobile and the desire for greater visibility around driver memory, battery consumption, and optimization tools.

Ansys’ Bozidar Novakovic, Dylan McGuire, and Peter Hallschmid take a look at how Fraunhofer HHI’s foundry uses laser simulation to calibrate a semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) compact model.

SEMI’s Yoichiro Ando chats with Hideyuki Koishi of HORIBA STEC about the company’s response to COVID-19 and the impact on the critical subsystems market.

Memory analyst Jim Handy considers the recent sale of Intel’s NAND business and associated fabs to SK Hynix and why it’s a good deal for the two companies.

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Rambus’ Frank Ferro walks through the benefits of combining real-time interactivity and AI/ML inferencing for ultra-low latency applications like cloud gaming.

Mentor’s Nebabie Kebebew shows how variation-aware memory verification with brute-force Monte Carlo accuracy can be done in much less time.

Synopsys’ Rahul Chirania examines constraints for accurate CDC analysis and reduced need for waivers without manual inspection.

Ansys’ Ushemadzoro Chipengo points to the need for highly accurate synthetic radar returns from full-scale traffic scenes.

Moortec’s Tim Penhale-Jones observes that as geometries shrink, the ability to monitor what’s going on in a device becomes increasingly important.

Arm’s Simon Segars advocates bringing together hardware engineers and software designers with an accessible technology platform.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan writes about speeding up the path to final emissions and susceptibility compliance with early software-based testing.

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