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

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 11


Smaller DACs and ADCs Researchers at the National University of Singapore invented a novel class of Digital-to-Analog (DAC) and Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADC) that use a fully-digital architecture. This digital architecture means design time for sensor interfaces can be reduced from months to hours with a fully-automated digital design methodology, the team said. It also has the benefit... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synopsys completed its acquisition of QTronic GmbH, a provider of simulation, test tools, and services for automotive software and systems development. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Synopsys launched the PrimeECO design closure solution, a signoff-driven solution that the company says achieves signoff closure with zero iterations. The tool includes a machine-learning-driven Hybrid Ti... » read more

DAC 2019 Was About More Than Just Chips


Behind all the noise of the vast array of slot machines, gambling tables and bars and the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip was the large gathering of the annual Design Automation Conference, which was back in the bustling city for the first time in just under 20 years. Following its success in San Francisco last year, and indeed where it will return next July (co-located with the SEMICON... » read more

Meanwhile, 35 Years Later…


At this year’s Design Automation Conference, held on June 3, 4 and 5 in Las Vegas and about 10 miles away from our head office in Las Vegas, Nevada, we celebrated our 35th anniversary with a resounding reaffirmation of our raison d’etre: the provision of verification solutions for some of industry’s most pressing challenges. We had on display a variety of solutions – both hardware ... » read more

Will Open-Source EDA Work?


Open-source EDA is back on the semiconductor industry's agenda, spurred by growing interest in open-source hardware. But whether the industry embraces the idea with enough enthusiasm to make it successful is not clear yet. One of the key sponsors of this effort is the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is spearheading a number of programs to lower the cost of chip ... » read more

Hacking SoC IP Under Pressure


Hack@DAC certainly shows that some teams can find bugs faster than others. The hackfest, now in its third year, is a bug-finding contest for teams of university students joined by a smattering of industry members whose task is to find a bugs implanted in SoC IP.  The teams follow the practices of real-world security teams. “[The teams'] objective is to identify the security vulnerabilitie... » read more

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