Supporting Multiple Time Domains In SoC Production Test

Complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices make every stage of the development flow harder, and the challenges continue even after the silicon is fabricated. Automatic test equipment (ATE) screening for defective wafers and assembled chips is always challenging. Production test engineers constantly struggle to minimize expensive test pattern memory, test each wafer or chip as quickly as possible, and... » read more

Verification Of Multi-Cycle Paths And False Paths

All chip designers know that they must take special care to avoid metastability problems when they have multiple, asynchronous clock domains. In contrast, a design in which all clocks are synchronous may appear simple. Logic synthesis ensures that the shortest paths between registers don’t have races and that the longest paths fit within the target cycle time. However, single-clock design is ... » read more

Constraint-Based Verification Of Clock Domain Crossings

There are many measures of the ever-growing size and complexity of semiconductor devices: die area, transistor count, gate count, size of memories, amount of parallel processing and more. All these factors mean more time spent in design, but they also have a major impact on verification. Since virtually all industry studies show verification time and effort growing faster than design, this impa... » read more

Crossed Wires On Domains

Clock, power and reset domains can form a tangled web if systems are not architected correctly. Wires that cross these domains often require special treatment and additional analysis. They are all evolving independently, meaning that designers must keep up with the latest methodology guidelines and tool capabilities to ensure problems do not remain hidden until they get exposed in silicon. C... » read more

The Weather Report: 2018 Study On IC/ASIC Verification Trends

Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan observed, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Similarly, we can get a feeling for where our industry is going by attending to the flow of thought at conferences, on line, or in our daily business. But that gives us only a small window to observe the hurricane-like forces of the very large and complicated, extremely dynamic global semico... » 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