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

Designing In The Cloud


Amazon AWS was launched back in 2006. Web based services such as Netflix and Expedia were early adopters, and AWS has grown rapidly, bringing in competition from Google (GCP), Microsoft (Azure) and others. It has taken a while for the design community to embrace the ‘cloud’ as some of the needs and concerns of design teams are different.  Cloud vendors have recognized this untapped market ... » read more

The Rapid Success Of IP Reuse


The rise of IP use and reuse quickly became a challenge in the early 1990s as designs became more complex. Design teams quickly found themselves struggling to manage not only the vast numbers of IP cores that they were reusing but also versioning, permissions, legal approvals and so on. In the 1990s, software developers were established users of software configuration management (SCM) tools ... » read more

It’s Time For Companies To Embrace IP Management


Everything is a rat race these days. You can see everyone scurrying around trying to be ahead of everyone else. It is the same wherever you look, be it at schools, at work, at the grocery store, on the roads. Semiconductor companies – big and small alike – are more intent than ever on trying to be the first to get their SoCs into the market. Some are bound by cultures and traditions on ... » read more

Effectively Managing Maintenance Cost For Low-Touch IPs


Semiconductor design houses are in a race to differentiate themselves by integrating and delivering more functionality in their SoCs while addressing the common concerns of power, performance and cost. This global race has led to a steep rise in the number of design IPs integrated in any given SoC. As generations of SoCs are churned out, some of the design IPs repeatedly used in them reach a... » read more

Don’t Be The Dinosaur On IP Reuse


In today’s competitive marketplace, IP assets are becoming more critical and strategic than ever before. There is a general understanding among all design companies that one needs to invest and reuse IPs within the enterprise for faster realization of an IP sub-system or an SoCs. Unfortunately, from the start most companies have failed to adopt the processes for developing and reusing their I... » read more

IP Issues At 10/7nm


For years chip makers have been demanding more options to assist them in getting silicon to market faster. As of 2018, there are now so many possibilities for chip makers that engineering teams of all types are having trouble wading through all the possibilities. To make matters worse, many of today’s choices now come with unexpected and often unwanted caveats. At the most advanced nodes... » read more

Automotive IPs Bring New Challenges To IP Management


Recent innovations in the automotive industry, like driving assistance, have fueled an insatiable appetite for more electronics in cars. With electronics now a major component of building an automobile, there is growing use of IPs and IP subsystems provided by multiple vendors. It is, however, becoming clear that IPs developed for the automotive industry are a totally different beast compared t... » read more

Supporting Academic Institutions – A Corporate Responsibility?


Innovation is rooted in collaboration, and there’s no better example—when done correctly—than the partnership between the various academic institutes or between the industry and academia. It’s a symbiotic relationship: Companies get access to leading research, ideas and creativity, while universities and research consortia get access to proven technologies, methodologies and experienced... » read more

Effective Management Of System Designs


With the advent of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), system designs are slowly but surely becoming more complex. They now use heterogeneous architectures both on the System-on-Chip (SoC) and within a package. These systems typically have multiple different CPU cores, hardware accelerators, memories, network-on-chip (NoC) fabrics and numerous peripheral interfaces. Now, add to this the complexiti... » read more

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