Computational Software: The Foundation Across Software Disciplines


You may have seen the term "computational software" more often recently. What are some prominent examples? Why do we in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry have to deal with math in the first place? Wasn't chip design all about drawing polygons at one point? I’m glad you asked! Computational software supports and manages the complexity of fundamental industry trends—hyperscal... » read more

Hyperscale And Artificial Intelligence Are Reshaping Value Chains


Observing electronic ecosystems and value chains change over time is fascinating. For instance, the design chain for mobile devices fundamentally changed over the past two decades with waves of disaggregation and aggregation. Today, the area of computing and data centers is amid tectonic shifts and transformation, with the combination of hyperscale, networking, artificial intelligence (AI), and... » read more

Digital Immersion: The Next Step Towards The Future Of Mobile Devices And Connectivity


In considering how far we’ve come with mobile devices just in the last two decades, it’s entertaining to think about the next ten years. When asking the new power users, Generation Z or the “digital natives,” a couple of key themes emerge, both for mobile devices, as well as for the networks they reside in. Some key advancements have been made this week with the announcement of Arm’s ... » read more

Math And Electronic Design Automation


Even though our teenage children may not show it the proper appreciation (yet), math is often referred to as the "universal language." And it is, even in EDA. Whenever I’m asked what the heck I do in my day job, I often fall back on analogies—a lot of them refer to building houses. For the geekier ones among us, I have even invoked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Slartibartfast to ex... » read more

Making Sense Of EDA And Digital Twins


There is a new buzzword in town, “digital twins.” I have been using it for a while now in the context of system-on-chip (SoC) verification as well as a little more broadly when it comes to security issues for data in general. There are some differences in emphasis across different vertical domains, based on when they are used during the life cycle, which use models are desired and what scop... » read more

Is There Finally A Silver Bullet For Software?


As I am in Nuremberg for the annual embedded world conference, the overall mood here seemed a bit muted and slow on day one. There are rumors of 200 exhibitors of the roughly 1100 having pulled out due to the global health situation—we are all asked not to shake hands and smile instead—and the rainy weather doesn't help much either. With the weather turning to snow on day two, the attendanc... » read more

2019 – The Year Of The “Dynamic Duo” Of Emulation and Prototyping


In technology, we are always trying to figure out when we have reached critical mass, have crossed the chasm, or even can be considered mainstream. We all have seen the adoption curves for consumer products. In design and verification technology, a distinct B2B setting with fewer end customers than in the B2C domain, the situation seems to be even worse as there is no “one flow” to design a... » read more

Applications, Ecosystems And System Complexity Will Be Key Verification Drivers For 2020


In my predictions blog last year, I focused on verification throughput and its expected growth in 2019. The four areas I predicted we’d see growth in during 2019 were scalable performance, unbound capacity including cloud enablement, smart bug hunting and multi-level abstractions. In 2018, the five key verification drivers that I identified were security, safety, application specificity, proc... » read more

Verification In The Era Of Autonomous Driving, Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning


The last couple of weeks have been busy with me participating on three panels that dealt with AI and machine learning in the contexts of automotive and aero/defense, in San Jose, Berlin and Detroit. The common theme? Data is indeed the new oil, and it messes with traditional value creation in electronics. Also, requirements for system design and verification are changing and there are completel... » read more

Does System Design Still Need Abstraction?


About 15 years ago, the assumption in the EDA industry was that system design would be inevitable. The transition from gate-level design to a new entry point at the register transfer level (RTL) seemed complete with logic synthesis becoming well-adopted. The next step seemed to be so obvious at the time: High-level synthesis (HLS) and transaction-based development beyond RTL—also taking into ... » read more

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