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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Quantum The $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to four pioneers in the field of quantum information. The laureates are Charles H. Bennett, Gilles Brassard, David Deutsch and Peter Shor. Bennett and Brassard were part of the team that proved the usefulness of entanglement, while Deutsch defined the quantum version of a Turing machine. Shor invented the first "clear... » read more

The End Of Closed EDA


In a previous life, I was a technologist for a large EDA company. One of my primary responsibilities in that position involved talking to a lot of customers to identify their pain points, and what new tools we could develop that would ease their problems. You would think that would be an easy task, but it certainly was not the case. For example, if you ask a developer what their biggest frus... » read more

Why Every Design IP Needs A Complete QA Methodology


Design IP is a key contributor to innovation in the semiconductor industry today. As the complexity and scale of silicon designs increase, so does design and verification time. Design IP enables modularization and re-use of design components, so that designers can leverage already-existing components as a baseline to accelerate design schedules. Therefore, it is not surprising that the usage of... » read more

Strengthening The Global Semi Supply Chain


Rising design costs and complexity, geopolitical concerns, and unexpected supply chain glitches are driving companies across the semiconductor industry to build deeper and more effective partnerships, and to do so more often. This confluence of all these factors is creating disruptions around the globe. Compounding that, the end customer base is shifting from traditional chipmakers designing... » read more

The Data Center Journey, From Central Utility To Center Of The Universe


High-performance computing (HPC) has taken on many meanings over the years. The primary goal of HPC is to provide the needed computational power to run a data center – a utilitarian facility dedicated to storing, processing, and distributing data. The beginning of HPC Historically, the data being processed was the output of business operations for a given organization. Transactions, custome... » read more

Can ML Help Verification? Maybe


Functional verification produces an enormous amount of data that could be used to train a machine learning system, but it's not always clear which data is useful or whether it can help. The challenge with ML is understanding when and where to use it, and how to integrate it with other tools and approaches. With a big enough hammer, it is tempting to call everything a nail, and just throwing ... » read more

Progress In Quantum Computing


A recent wave of quantum computing investment has given rise to claims of a quantum computing bubble, based on overly optimistic technological claims in a field area that experts say has yet to demonstrate any real utility. But executives on the industry’s front lines say quantum computing is indeed a commercially viable technology, albeit one that is at least several years away from overcomi... » read more

Digital Power Sets The Direction For Data Center Growth In The AI Era


Data center power requirements are often in the news given the insatiable need of artificial intelligence, 5G wireless networks, and the Internet of Things to process rapidly rising data volumes. With the cloud storage market expanding at an estimated 20-plus percent annually, the world’s largest hyperscale computing companies are taking advantage of this growth to offer their customers a ... » read more

Collaboration Leading The Way For Broad RISC-V Adoption


We recently announced a partnership with Intel as part of the launch of the Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V, making leading RISC-V technology more accessible for prototyping, production design or research purposes using Intel FPGAs. Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V allows for a variety of RISC-V cores and other IP to be instantiated on FPGA platforms, with the ability to run industry-leading oper... » read more

Interactive Symmetry Checking Provides Faster, Easier Symmetry Verification For Analog And Custom IC Designs


Device symmetry ensures accurate, efficient performance of analog and custom IC designs. However, traditional physical verification for symmetry is complex and time-consuming. Calibre interactive symmetry checking runs inside the design environment to simplify and enhance IC symmetry verification. Design teams can use Calibre interactive symmetry checking to quickly and accurately analyze layou... » read more

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