Timing Is Of The Essence


Today's advanced 16/7nm system-on-chips (SoCs) are faced with increased variation as they push for lower power. While the sizes of the transistors continue to shrink following Moore's Law, the threshold voltages fail to scale. This causes wide timing variability leading to timing closure difficulties, design re-spins and poor functional yield. Learn how ANSYS Path FX with its unique variatio... » read more

Closing Functional And Structural Coverage On RTL Generated By High-Level Synthesis


Most hardware design teams have a verification methodology that requires a deep understanding of the RTL to reach their verification goals, but this type of methodology is difficult to apply to the machine generated RTL from High-level Synthesis (HLS). This paper describes innovative techniques to use with existing methodologies, for example the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM), to clos... » read more

Isambard Analysis of HPC-Optimized Arm Processors


Written by Simon McIntosh‐Smith, James Price, Tom Deakin, Andrei Poenaru (all from the High Performance Computing Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK) In this paper, we present performance results from Isambard, the first production supercomputer to be based on Arm CPUs that have been optimized specifically for HPC. Isambard is the first Cray ... » read more

Accelerating Toshiba’s SoC Design with Fusion Compiler


This white paper discusses how Toshiba and Synopsys worked closely to bring-up Fusion Compiler and deploy it throughout Toshiba's advanced proprietary Tachyon Design System. With improved power, performance, and area (PPA), faster time-to-results and a predictable design flow have been validated on the latest, differentiated automotive SoC ASIC products, and Fusion Compiler is being broadly dep... » read more

Rapid Optimization of Electrical and Thermal Characteristics of Electric Vehicle Batteries


Battery powered electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have been gaining market share as the public’s environmental concerns and the depletion of fossil fuels drive the demand for better fuel efficiency. But great improvements in the mileage one can drive before recharging, a faster recharging method, and the creation of a recharging infrastructure akin to today’s gas s... » read more

Home Automation IoT Company Cuts ASIC Testing Costs


digitalSTROM develops smart home automation solutions providing users with superior comfort and a whole new style of living. Based on proprietary ASIC and software, digitalSTROM’s solutions connect electrical household appliances through existing power lines and enable an intelligent home via light switches, free speaking using Amazon Echo, and other apps. Challenges At the heart of digit... » read more

The Basics of Amplitude Modulation


Modulation is the process of varying a higher frequency carrier wave to transmit information. Though it is theoretically possible to transmit baseband signals (or information) without modulating it, it is far more efficient to send data by modulating it onto a higher frequency "carrier wave." Higher frequency waves require smaller antennas, use the available bandwidth more efficiently, and are ... » read more

ON Semiconductor Conquers Verification Challenges


Motor controller IC design for automotive applications, such as power mirror, seats, door locks, and door lift control, creates exceptional verification challenges. Particularly because these ICs must work for over 10 years and they live in harsh environments including -40° C to 150° C temperature ranges, voltages ranging from 7V to 40V, and potential electrostatic discharge and electromagnet... » read more

Embedded FPGA Basics


You do not need know about FPGAs to integrate reconfigurable RTL into your SoC: our software maps your RTL into our EFLX array for you.  But if you are curious, read on. FPGAs are field programmable gate arrays. They offer a different kind of programmability from processors.  Processors are sequential while FPGAs enable massive parallelism.  A processor has one adder, one multiplier—an ... » read more

Introduction to Side-Channel Attacks


Side-channel attacks conducted against electronic gear are relatively simple and inexpensive to execute. Such attacks include simple power analysis (SPA) and Differential Power Analysis (DPA). An attacker does not need to know specific implementation details of the cryptographic device to perform these attacks and extract keys. As all physical electronic systems routinely leak information, effe... » read more

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