Asynchronous Design: Is It Time Yet?

Non-mainstream technologies can offer advantages over more commonly used approaches, but usually at some additional cost (otherwise they’d probably be mainstream). The additional cost could be in design time, area, testability or whatever, and it might even be only a temporary disadvantage. If comparable time and energy were invested in the new technology, perhaps the additional costs would d... » read more

Going With The Flow

It’s hard to judge things in isolation, but a continuum of acquisitions in the low-power area is proving just how important power considerations have become to hardware and software design, verification and manufacturing flows. Over the past couple of years acquisitions by Synopsys in the virtual prototyping arena, and Mentor Graphics in the test and embedded software area, have included p... » read more