Improving Library Characterization with Machine Learning


Efficient and accurate library characterization is a critical step in full-chip or block-level design flows because it ensures that all library elements perform to specification under all intended operating conditions. However, traditional library characterization and validation have become increasingly expensive in terms of computation and engineering effort, due to complexity and the amount o... » read more

Enabling Embedded Vision Neural Network DSPs


Neural networks are now being developed in a variety of technology segments in the embedded market, from mobile to surveillance to the automotive segment. The computational and power requirements to process this data is increasing, with new methods to approach deep learning challenges emerging every day. Vision processing systems must be designed holistically, for all platforms, with hardwa... » read more

The Rise and Fall of Synthesis Bugs in Safety-Critical FPGAs


For standards IEC 61508 / ISO 26262 / EN 50128 / DO-254. FPGAs are the dominant hardware platform in low-volume, safety-critical applications, including aerospace, and nuclear power plants. Modern FPGAs allow for the implementation of high performance designs with integrated safety mechanisms. This is driving adoption in additional industries, including automotive. Functional safety standard... » read more

Quantifying the Value of On-Chip Debug


White paper authored by Semico Research, quantifies the benefits of using on-chip debug and monitoring technology, specifically UltraSoc's technology. Rising design complexityIn the last several years, contemporary SoCs (system-on-a-chip) have become increasingly complex. They now consist of 100s of millions of gates, 100 or more discrete semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) blocks, hi... » read more

DO-254 Solutions Blueprint


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes the use of commonly used tools for FPGA design and verification such as RTL simulator, synthesis, place & route and static timing analysis. For DAL A and B FPGAs, the FAA also recognizes other tools that improve design, verification, traceability and project management including requirements management, traceability, tests management, de... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 19


Cadence's Dave Pursley checks out the state of high-level synthesis and notes that 39% of survey respondents expect to be using it for the majority of designs within three years. In a video, Mentor's Colin Walls digs into how to measure RTOS performance with a focus on interrupt latency. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding chats with Chenxi Wang of Rain Capital to find what the security landscape will... » read more

The DNA of an Artificial Intelligence SoC


Over the past decade, a few advancements have made artificial intelligence (AI) one of the most exciting technologies of our lifetime. In 2012, Geoffrey Everest Hinton demonstrated his generalized back propagation neural network algorithm in the Imagenet challenge, which revolutionized the field of computer vision. However, the math was developed years prior to 2012, and it was the available m... » read more

System Bits: Dec. 18


AI studies at Stanford Language processing is a leading area in artificial intelligence research, Stanford University reports. “We’re trying to inform the conversation about artificial intelligence with hard data,” says Yoav Shoham, professor of computer science, emeritus, adding, “Language is the ultimate frontier of AI research because you can express any thought or idea in langua... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


The MIPI Alliance released MIPI I3C Basic v1.0, a subset of the MIPI I3C sensor interface specification that bundles 20 of the most commonly needed I3C features for developers and other standards organizations. The royalty-free specification includes backward compatibility with I2C, 12.5 MHz multi-drop bus that is over 12 times faster than I2C supports, in-band interrupts to allow slaves to not... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 12


Mentor's Harry Foster checks out how much time and effort is spent on verification of FPGAs and points to the increasing demand for verification engineers. Cadence's Paul McLellan digs into IC Insights' year-end report to see how some of the top semiconductor companies stack up. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding warns that air gaps, a valuable barrier against cyberattacks, are disappearing from ... » read more

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