Tackling Functional Correctness, Safety, Trust And Security


We’re six months into the pandemic, and it looks like in-person conferences are becoming a distant memory and that virtual conferences are now becoming routine. It used to be that traveling to a conference (sometimes long distances) was the only way to be able to attend technical presentations and learn about the latest technologies and methodologies, and that was only if you received permiss... » read more

Accellera Tackles Functional Safety


During DAC, Accellera had a workshop about functional safety. In case you don't know, Accellera has a relatively new working group (WG) on Functional Safety. The chair is Cadence's Alessandra Nardi, who coincidentally also received the Marie Pistilli Award for Women in EDA during DAC (you can read more about that in my post Alessandra Nardi Receives Marie Pistilli Award for Women in EDA). But ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Analog Devices (ADI) acquired the HDMI business of Invecas. “The acquisition of Invecas' HDMI business positions ADI to deliver more complete solutions throughout the entire customer journey – from chip, to certification, to end product," said John Hassett, Senior Vice President, Industrial and Consumer at Analog Devices. "We are thrilled to enhance ADI’s capabilities with the addition of... » read more

Engineering Within Constraints


One of the themes of DAC this year was the next phase of machine learning. It is as if CNNs and RNNs officially have migrated from the research community and all that is left now is optimization. The academics need something new. Quite correctly, they have identified power as the biggest problem associated with learning and inferencing today, and a large part of that problem is associated with ... » read more

A Virtual DAC Experience


This has been the first virtual conference for me, and I will say I was not sure what to expect. I did moderate a panel for it, but that was pre-recorded because the panelists did not care to be awake and performing live for what would have been 3 a.m. for them. I hosted a virtual happy hour, I conducted many interviews, attended sessions, keynotes and other events, but one thing stands out to ... » read more

Designer And IP Tracks Swell With Focus On ML, Security And Traditional EDA Methodologies


What are designers keenly interested in as the 57th Design Automation Conference (DAC) approaches? If you said machine learning (ML), you’d be only partially right. Based on designer and IP tracks submissions to the 57th edition of the venerable electronics-industry event, ML – how to design with it and optimize EDA tools and flows using it – is a hot topic. But so too are more traditi... » read more

Real Highlights For Virtual DAC 2020


My first time at DAC was in 2006 in San Francisco. I was mesmerized by it: so many people, so much cool technology, so much fun with weird giveaways, raffles, happy hours, the Denali party and Disco Inferno at the legendary Fillmore. DAC is the most important, comprehensive conference for anyone developing integrated circuits (ICs) and systems-on-chips (SoCs). With an incredible list of ... » read more

DAC 2020: Virtual And Different


Zhuo Li, group director at Cadence, and Harry Foster, chief scientist at Mentor, a Siemens Business, talk about the changes in content for this year's Design Automation Conference. » read more

Design Of An Ultra-Low-Power Current Steering DAC In A Modern SOI technology


Despite the tremendous advancement in innovations on digitizing and processing signals over the last century, real world signals are inevitably analog in nature. A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) serves in translating these digitized signals into different analog quantities like voltage, current or charges. We mainly focus on a Nyquist-rate current-steering digital- to-analog converte... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP Ansys' RedHawk-SC multiphysics signoff software was certified for all TSMC advanced process technologies, including N16, N12, N7, N6 and N5. The certification includes extraction, power integrity and reliability, signal electromigration (EM) and thermal reliability analysis and statistical EM budgeting analysis. Aldec launched a new FPGA accelerator board for high performance... » read more

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