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The Value of Runtime Knowledge Management


In clinical and commercial manufacturing when measures are taken to prevent deviations, the findings aren’t often shared across the enterprise and when corrective actions are taken to resolve an issue, they often don’t address the actual root cause(s). The Applied SmartFactory® Rx™ Knowledge Management solution allows knowledge captured in the R&D and design phases to be used th... » read more

Testing Cars In Context


The choices for companies developing systems or components that will work in autonomous vehicles is to road test them for millions of miles or to simulate them, or some combination of both. Simulation is much quicker, and it has worked well in the semiconductor world for decades. Simulating a chip or electronic system in context is hard enough. But simulating a system of systems in the real... » read more

Toward Cross-Layer Resilience


Connected devices are everywhere, and the numbers are growing by orders of magnitude. There are 7 billion people on the planet, but there are expected to be many more billions of connected devices. Each person may have dozens of devices with multiple chips, and those will be connected through infrastructures filled with thousands of additional chips. The problem is that as everything gets c... » read more

Preparing For Bigger Changes Ahead


The semiconductor industry has undergone a fundamental shift over the past year, and it's one that will redefine chipmaking over the next decade or more. While the focus is still on building the fastest, lowest-power devices, whether that's by shrinking features or packaging them into blazing-fast 2.5D or fan-out configurations, these devices are being customized for specific use cases much ... » read more

Talking The Talk On Training


In my prior post, I discussed the value of good design flow training. A properly executed program can turn average engineers into above average problem solvers with the right tools and techniques. We got to thinking about this opportunity quite seriously at eSilicon. Is there a way to develop a focused, intense training program to create a new “army” of elite designers? In short, we thin... » read more

Tech Talk: Earlier Software


Malte Doerper, senior manager of product management at Synopsys, talks about the big "shift left" for software, where the problems crop up, and how to save as much as a year of development time with automation and better methodologies.   Related Stories Bridging Hardware And Software The need for concurrent hardware-software design and verification is increasing, but are engine... » read more

Connected Reliability Concerns


Ever since the invention of the integrated circuit, the focus has been on improving technology—making it faster, smaller, cheaper, while also cutting the power budget. With the advent of the IoT and ubiquitous connectivity, the value proposition will change. Rather than just improving the chip, the focus will shift to how that chip behaves in context. How does it work in a connected world... » read more

RTL Done And Other Bogus Development Milestones


My definition of progress has changed over the years. I don’t think about it much anymore but it was obvious in a talk I gave a few weeks ago to a diverse group of hardware developers. Part of that talk centered around how we define progress in design and verification. This is a normal thing for me; I was speaking to slides I’d used several times before and the message was no different than... » read more

An Unsustainable Divide


One of the great things about attending DVCon, or any other conference for that matter, is the networking. You get to see so many people who are eager to learn, to talk and to share ideas. When this happens, you tend to hear a lot of statements that have to rattle around in your mind for a while before you can start to make sense of them and see if any coherent themes emerge. By themes, I am... » read more

Back Doors Are Everywhere


By Ernest Worthman & Ed Sperling Back doors have been a part of chip design since the beginning. One of the first open references was in the 1983 movie "War Games," which features a young computer whiz who uses one to hack into a computer that controls the United States' nuclear arsenal. In reality, modern back doors predate Hollywood's discovery by about 20 years, starting in 1965 wi... » read more

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