Roundtable: Is The Chip Ready

Signoff has become a balancing act between what’s good enough and time-to-market demands.

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Mobile devices demand complex chips—so complex to build that signoff has become something of a balancing act between what the verification teams believe is good enough and time-to market demands. Low-Power/High-Performance Engineering talked about this with Simbal Rafiq, director of engineering at Applied Micro; Robert Hoogenstryd, senior director of marketing for design analysis and signoff tools at Synopsys; Rob Aitken, an ARM fellow; Carey Robertson, director of product marketing for Calibre extraction at Mentor Graphics; and Ruben Molina, product marketing director for timing signoff at Cadence.