No Mess, No Stress


A clean and tidy working environment is often a productive environment. Imagine a desk with a lot of clutter. One may lose precious work minutes every time we go searching for a lost paper on a cluttered desk. The same is true if you are working on your designs. During the course of a design project, spirited and fast thinking design engineers run several experiments. Some of them are more s... » read more

In-System Networks Are Front And Center


This year’s HotChips conference at Stanford was all about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and what particularly struck me, naturally because we’re in this business too, was how big a role on-chip networks played in some of the leading talks. NVIDIA talked about their scalable mesh architecture, both on-chip and in-package, meshes connecting processing NN processing el... » read more

Getting Granular On The Edge


Imagine a plane flying at 30,000 feet. Two things are visible—clouds and land. In the processing world, that land mass is the edge, and as the plane begins to descend the edge begins to take on a more distinct shape and different features begin to appear. From the air, everyone can see just how large this market opportunity is. What they can't make out are the winning models for success. B... » read more

Advantages Of LPDDR5: A New Clocking Scheme


Earlier this year, JEDEC released the new standard, JESD209–5, Low Power Double Data Rate 5 (LPDDR5). Those that contributed to the development of the standard come from a diverse technology background and represent both manufacturers and consumers of SDRAM memories. Now we have a new memory standard to help enable the future that requires more compute power, higher reliability, and lower pow... » read more

Machine Learning For Autonomous Drive


Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is arguably the biggest technical innovation of the last decade. Although the algorithms for AI have been in existence for many years, the recent explosion of both data as well as faster compute made it possible to apply those algorithms to solve many real life use cases. One of the most prominent of these use cases is fully aut... » read more

Securing IoT Devices With A Programmable Root Of Trust


The exponential increase of vulnerable IoT devices demands a far more determined and proactive approach to security than is offered by the current industry status quo. This is because compromised IoT devices pose a threat to both consumers and critical internet infrastructure. For example, a compromised security camera or baby video monitor can be easily exploited to violate consumer privacy... » read more

eFPGA Macros Deliver Higher Speeds from Less Area/Resources


We work with a lot of customers designing eFPGA into their SoCs.  Most of them have “random logic” RTL, but some customers have large numbers of complex, frequently used blocks. We have found in many cases that we can help the customer achieve higher throughput AND use less silicon area with Soft Macros. Let’s look at an example: 64x64 Multiply-Accumulate (MAC), below: If yo... » read more

Who’s In Your Wallet?


Hacking a financial institution is a very big deal. Banks and credit card companies take their security very seriously because they literally have money to lose if something goes awry. What becomes clear, though, in reading the criminal complaint involving the Capital One hack, is that the weakest link isn't always the hardware or the software. It's the geeks who want to show off, or ... » read more

AI Inference Memory System Tradeoffs


When companies describe their AI inference chip they typically give TOPS but don’t talk about their memory system, which is equally important. What is TOPS? It means Trillions or Tera Operations per Second. It is primarily a measure of the maximum achievable throughput but not a measure of actual throughput. Most operations are MACs (multiply/accumulates), so TOPS = (number of MAC units) x... » read more

Reducing Your Fault Campaign Workload Through Effective Safety Analysis


As the automotive industry strives for greater levels of autonomous functionality, ICs will become integral in virtually every vehicle system. Companies previously embedded in non-safety critical markets are transitioning current technologies to the growing and rapidly evolving automotive market. These companies will face the unfamiliar challenges associated with having to enhance their IP to s... » read more

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