Intelligent System Design—Why The Future Does Need Us!


The month of June 2019 was very inspiring. At the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Las Vegas, Cadence launched the next phase of our system-level strategy, dubbed “Intelligent System Design.” Later in the month I got to meet some real-life astronauts at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget—where we exhibited this year for the first time. All of this made me think about the future. Coinci... » read more

Modernizing Test In Aerospace And Defense


These days, you can’t attend a conference or have a conversation with leaders of the aerospace and defense community without touching on the modernization of the sector. This includes the integration of new technologies and processes to address aging equipment and fleets. The scale of the challenges in this space is too large, the costs are too high, and the impact of failure is too great to ... » read more

Of Aero Shows And Safety


At the end of February, I attended the Aero Show in India - and what a show it was. So many exhibitors from around the world, including all main players from the commercial and military sides of the aerospace industry. Visitors could see everything required to build a modern aircraft: from small components like specialized ICs, cables and connectors up to big parts, such as the jet engines... » read more

DO-254 Requirements Traceability


DO-254 enforces a strict requirements-driven process for the development of commercial airborne electronic hardware. For DO-254, requirements must drive the design and verification activities, and requirements traceability helps to ensure this. This paper explains the rationale behind requirements traceability including its purpose and resulting benefits when done correctly. Click here to re... » read more

Chips In Space


Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix, talks about why embedded FPGAs are being tapped for accelerators in satellites and airplanes, why programmability is so critical to deal with changes in technology that can span decades from initial design. https://youtu.be/ynZYKXcLCzE » read more

Reliability, Machine Learning And Advanced Packaging


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss reliability, resilience, machine learning and advanced packaging with Rahul Goyal, vice president in the technology and manufacturing group at Intel; Rob Aitken, R&D fellow at Arm; John Lee, vice president and general manager of the semiconductor business unit at ANSYS; and Lluis Paris, director of IP portfolio marketing at TSMC. What follows ar... » read more

On-Chip Monitoring Of FinFETs


Stephen Crosher, CEO of Moortec, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss on-chip monitoring and its impact on power, security and reliability, including predictive maintenance. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What new problems are you seeing in design? Crosher: There are challenges emerging for companies working on advanced nodes, including scaling and trans... » read more

Adding NoCs To FPGA SoCs


FPGA SoCs straddle the line between flexibility and performance by combining elements of both FPGAs and ASICs. But as they find a home in more safety- and mission-critical markets, they also are facing some of the same issues as standard SoCs, including the ability to move larger and larger amounts of data quickly throughout an increasingly complex device, and the difficulty in verifying and de... » read more

Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation, Testing


Embedded electronics are showing up nearly everywhere these days, in cars, smart appliances, medical devices—even fighter jets. Making sure those real-time embedded systems will work correctly is the aim of hardware-in-the-loop simulation and testing, which puts the systems through their paces in a virtual environment. In effect, HIL simulation adds a mathematical representation of all fun... » read more

FPGAs Becoming More SoC-Like


FPGAs are blinged-out rockstars compared to their former selves. No longer just a collection of look-up tables (LUTs) and registers, FPGAs have moved well beyond into now being architectures for system exploration and vehicles for proving a design architecture for future ASICs. This family of devices now includes everything from basic programmable logic all the way up to complex SoC devices.... » read more

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