Promises And Pitfalls Of SoC Restructuring

As chips become more complex and increasingly heterogeneous, it's becoming more difficult to keep track of different methodologies, tools, and blend data from different sources to create a chip. Tim Schneider, staff application engineer at Arteris, explains why IP-XACT has become so critical, why it took so long to gain a solid foothold in chip design, and how the new IP-XACT standard interface... » read more

Blog Review: June 12

Cadence's Deep Mehta finds that PCIe 6.0 switches need advanced verification strategies that delve deeper than basic functionality, such as generating backpressure traffic to identify potential performance bottlenecks and ensure the switch operates optimally in real-world scenarios. Siemens' Reetika explains why proper management and verification of reset domain crossing (RDC) paths are cruc... » read more

Blog Review: June 5

Cadence's Neelabh Singh provides an overview of the low power entry and exit flows in USB4 Version 2.0 link speed and how they have been simplified by making low power entry uni-directional and removing the need for certain handshakes for low power exit of the re-timers. In a podcast, Siemens' Steph Chavez chats with Daniel Beeker of NXP about the foundational importance of power distributio... » read more

Why IC Design Safety Nets Have Limits

Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss different responsibilities in design teams and future changes in tools with Ashish Darbari, CEO at Axiomise; Ziyad Hanna, corporate vice president R&D at Cadence; Jim Henson, ASIC verification software product manager at Siemens EDA; Dirk Seynhaeve, vice president of business development at Sigasi; Simon Davidmann, formerly... » read more

Ensuring Your Power And Ground Nets Are Correctly Connected

In most chip designs, the power and ground nets are likely your largest and most important nets. If any devices are not properly connected, then you cannot expect them to function as expected. Amongst the many problems that can occur to power and ground involves the connections to the well areas of your design that power all the bulk connections to your devices. Well regions connectivity is oft... » read more

Chip Design Digs Deeper Into AI

Growing demand for blazing fast and extremely dense multi-chiplet systems are pushing chip design deeper into AI, which increasingly is viewed as the best solution for sifting through scores of possible configurations, constraints, and variables in the least amount of time. This shift has broad implications for the future of chip design. In the past, collaborations typically involved the chi... » read more

DAC Panel Could Spark Fireworks

Panels can often become love fests. While a title may sound controversial, it turns out that everyone quickly finds that all the panelists agree on the major points. This is sometimes the result of how the panel was put together – the proposal came from one company, and they wanted to get their customers or clients onto the panel. They are unlikely to ask a major competitor to be part of the ... » read more

Vision Is Why LLMs Matter On The Edge

Large Language Models (LLMs) have taken the world by storm since the 2017 Transformers paper, but pushing them to the edge has proved problematic. Just this year, Google had to revise its plans to roll out Gemini Nano on all new Pixel models — the down-spec’d hardware options proved unable to host the model as part of a positive user experience. But the implementation of language-focused mo... » read more

RISC-V Heralds New Era Of Cooperation

RISC-V is paving the way for open source to become accepted within the hardware community, creating a level of industry collaboration never seen in the past, while revitalizing the connection between academia and industry. The big question is whether this arrangement is just a placeholder while the industry re-learns how to develop processors, or whether this processor architecture is someth... » read more

Turbocharging Cost-Conscious SoCs With Cache

Some design teams creating system-on-chip (SoC) devices are fortunate to work with the latest and greatest technology nodes coupled with a largely unconstrained budget for acquiring intellectual property (IP) blocks from trusted third-party vendors. However, many engineers are not so privileged. For every “spare no expense” project, there are a thousand “do the best you can with a limited... » read more

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