Using Real Workloads To Assess Thermal Impacts

Thermal analysis is being driven much further left in the design, fueled by demand for increased transistor density and more features on a chip or in a package, as well as the unique ways the various components may be exercised or stressed. However, getting a clear picture of the thermal activity in advanced-node chips and packages is extremely complex, and it can vary significantly by use c... » read more

Celsius EC Solver

The Cadence Celsius EC Solver is electronics cooling simulation software for accurate and fast analysis of the thermal performance of electronic systems. It enables electronic system designers to accurately address the most challenging thermal/electronics cooling issues today. The Celsius EC Solver utilizes a powerful computational engine and meshing technology that enables designers to model a... » read more

Dealing With Heat In Near-Memory Compute Architectures

The explosion in data forcing chipmakers to get much more granular about where logic and memory are placed on a die, how data is partitioned and prioritized to utilize those resources, and what the thermal impact will be if they are moved closer together on a die or in a package. For more than a decade, the industry has faced a basic problem — moving data can be more resource-intensive tha... » read more

Baum: Finding SoC Power Flaws

A South Korean startup founded by a Samsung engineer-turned-researcher has created a tool that finds power design flaws early in the SoC design process. The startup, Baum, Inc., launched the second version of its power-modeling solution in June at DAC. The product is a power design-verification tool that uses high-level models to create analyses designed to spot design flaws that could creat... » read more

FinFET Scaling Reaches Thermal Limit

In 1974, Robert H. Dennard was working as an IBM researcher. He introduced the idea that MOSFETs would continue to work as voltage-controlled switches in conjunction with shrinking features, providing doping levels, the chip's geometry, and voltages are scaled along with those size reductions. This became known as Dennard's Law even though, just like Moore's Law, it was anything but a law. T... » read more