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Welcome Verification 3.0


Leave it to Jim Hogan, managing partner of Vista Ventures, to look further out at the changing horizon of verification than the rest of us and to make sense of it in what he calls Verification 3.0. In his executive summary, he outlined the significant advancements in functional verification over the past 20 years, such as hybrid verification platforms in Verification 1.0 and hardware/software c... » read more

Blog Review: May 16


Synopsys' Eric Huang looks back at why the USB On-The-Go specification was revolutionary in getting devices talking to each other and how the shift to USB Type-C and Dual Mode means it isn't needed anymore. Mentor's Andrew Macleod examines four different shift-left methodologies and the benefits of each in the context of automotive and autonomous vehicle design. Cadence's Paul McLellan ch... » read more

Bulletproofing Virtual Prototypes


The big benefits of virtual prototyping methods are that they don’t rely on the availability of RTL or physical hardware. Instead they utilize modes of the future SoC. These models are typically lightweight and optimized for their use case, which is important in regards of simulation speed, modeling and testing effort. Model quality is a key concern, as the virtual prototyping end user accept... » read more

Turning Verification Inside Out


A new motivation for rebalancing came to me during a conversation I had a couple weeks ago at the Agile Alliance Technical Conference. I had the chance to compare my day-to-day responsibilities with those of Lisa Crispin. Lisa is a software test expert that is very well regarded within the [getkc id="182" comment="Agile Development"] community. Think of her as a Harry Foster/Janick Bergeron typ... » read more

Verification Grows Up


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with a group of verification experts to see how much progress has been made in solving issues associated with the profession. Panelists included Mike Baird, president of Willamette HDL; Jin Zhang, VP marketing and customer relations for [getentity id="22147" comment="Oski Technology"], and Lauro Rizzatti, a marketing consultant and previously the general manag... » read more

A History of (Premature) Optimization


I saw some material shared from DVCon Europe last month that suggested a competition brewing between shift left and agile in semiconductor development. As someone who’s been following shift left writing and been advocating for agile development, this kind of comparison is more than a little odd to see. It’s a comparison between two as yet amorphous development strategies, neither of which i... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 4


Can agile methodologies typically used in software development bring more efficiency to chip design? For UC Berkeley Professor Borivoje Nikolic, the answer is, why not? Christine Young reports on the keynote at Cadence's Mixed-Signal Technology Summit. For his latest embedded video, Mentor's Colin Walls focuses the camera on language standardization and use of language extensions. Ansys' ... » read more

Blog Review: June 3


An emergency torch that lets you breathe while escaping a smoke-filled building; a car that shrinks to fit into parking spaces that aren't quite big enough: from extreme situations to everyday activities, Ansys' Justin Nescott features devices designed to make life easier and safer in his picks for week’s top five engineering articles. Check out the prosthetic foot that takes commands from se... » read more

Problems Ahead for EDA


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with [getperson id="11411" comment="Bill Neifert"], chief technology officer at [getentity id="22521" comment="Carbon Design Systems"]; [getperson id="11032" comment="Simon Davidmann”], chief executive officer for [getentity id="22036" e_name="Imperas”]; Randy Smith, vice president of marketing for [getentity id="22605" e_name="Sonics"] and Michel Courtoy,... » read more