The Week In Review: Design


Tools Startup Austemper Design unveiled a functional safety tool suite that includes safety analysis that applies default values from industry standards ISO26262 and/or IEC61508 for Failures-in-Time (FIT) rates, tools to handle safety synthesis and augment design structures, and a parallel fault simulator with hybrid simulation capabilities. SystemVerilog and VHDL parsers from Verific serve ... » read more

Emulation Enabling Automotive Designs


Last week at CDNLive in Munich, the key topic at hand was automotive. It was pretty much a theme everywhere, and even had its specific personal track. My personal favorites were Davide Santo’s (NXP’s Architect) keynote on autonomous driving—very inspiring—and Robert Bosch’s overview of how they used emulation in a hybrid setup with ARM Fast Models for IP verification for automotive de... » read more

Respecting Reset


Resets are a necessary part of all synchronous designs because they allow them to be brought into a known state. However, such a simple process can lead to many problems within an [getkc id="81" kc_name="SoC"]. No longer can reset be considered a simple operation when power initially is applied to a circuit. Instead, the design of reset has many implications on cost, area and routability, a... » read more

Verification Unification


There is a lot of excitement about the emerging [getentity id="22028" e_name="Accellera"] [getentity id="22863" e_name="Portable Stimulus”] (PS) standard. Most of the conversation has been about its role in [getkc id="11" kc_name="simulation"] and [getkc id="30" kc_name="emulation"] contexts, and in the need to bring portability and composability into the verification flow. Those alone are st... » read more

Reworking Established Nodes


New technology markets and a flattening in smartphone growth has sparked a resurgence in older technology processes. For many of these up-and-coming applications, there is no compelling reason to migrate to the latest process node, and equipment companies and fabs are rushing to fill the void. As with all electronic devices, the focus is on cost-cutting. But because these markets are likely ... » read more

Whatever Happened To HLS?


A few years ago, [getkc id="105" comment="high-level synthesis"] (HLS) was probably the most talked about emerging technology that was to be the heart of a new [getkc id="48" kc_name="Electronic System Level"] (ESL) flow. Today, we hear much less about the progress being made in this area. Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss this with Bryan Bowyer, director of engineering for high-lev... » read more

Choosing The Right Verification Technology For CDC-Clean RTL Signoff


Modern system-on-chip (SoC) designs typically contain multiple asynchronous clock domains. Clock domain crossing (CDC) signals, those which traverse these domains, are often subject to metastability effects that can cause functional errors. Traditional methods like RTL simulation or static timing analysis alone are not sufficient to verify correct data transfer across clock domains. As a result... » read more

Blog Review: May 24


Mentor's Andrew Patterson questions who should have control over who sees the vast amounts of data generated by automobiles and how it is used. In a series of posts, Cadence's Meera Collier considers philosophical questions from the angle of computer science. Synopsys' Eric Huang has a lighthearted look at today's world of robots. Rambus' Aharon Etengoff points to Director of National ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Consultancy Sondrel acquired IMGworks, formerly the design services unit of Imagination. Sondrel says it plans to focus on design services for ADAS systems, AI, and machine vision and learning devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tools Cadence expanded its formal verification platform, JasperGold, adding linting and clock domain crossing apps that address RTL signoff ... » read more

Maintaining Power Profiles At 10/7nm


Understanding power consumption in detail is now a must-have of electronic design at 10nm and below, putting more pressure on SoC verification to ensure a device not only works, but meets the power budget. As part of this, the complete system must be run in a realistic manner — at the system-level — when the design and verification teams are looking at the effects of power during hardwar... » read more

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