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IMS2022 Booth Tour: EDA And Measurement Science Converge


At the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2022, the theme was “Explore the Peaks of Microwave Engineering,” a play on the event’s Denver location. There’s another clever interpretation – exploring the peaks encountered in high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) conditions with complex modulation. These modulated signals are driving Keysight’s vision where EDA and dig... » read more

Turning MBSE Inside-Out For An RF EDA Shift Left


Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) focuses on creating and exploiting domain models in a digital modeling language. RF system designers trying to use generic MBSE tools soon run into a problem: developing behavioral models. Without high-fidelity models, simulations miss real-world results, and a digital twin won’t be worth the effort. What’s helping RF teams get engineering tasks done i... » read more

Standards And Threat Testing For Secure Autonomous Vehicles


Modern vehicles continue to move up through the levels of autonomy, as defined by The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). These definitions have been widely adopted across the industry and emerging vehicle technology is measured against this scale (figure 1). Fig. 1: An illustration from the Society for Automotive Engineers shows levels of autonomy. The closer we move towards level... » read more

Robots Become More Useful In Factories


Most people associate factory automation with large robotic machines, such as those that weld automobile chassis on assembly lines. But as prices drop and technology improves, robots are being deployed for smaller and more varied tasks, and they are getting better at all of them. Inside of factories, robots can significantly improve output, consistency, and reliability. They can work around ... » read more

Data Security Challenges In Automotive


Automakers are scrambling to prevent security breaches and data hacks in new vehicles while simultaneously adding new and increasingly autonomous features into vehicles that can open the door to new vulnerabilities. These two goals are often at odds. As with security in any complex system, nothing is ever completely secure. But even getting a handle on this multilayered issue is a challenge.... » read more

Preventing Failures Before They Occur


A decade or so ago, when MEMS sensors were in the limelight, one of the touted applications was to install them on industrial or other equipment to get an advance warning if the equipment was approaching failure. Today, in-circuit monitoring brings the same promise. Are these competing technologies? Or can they be made to work together? “Almost all advanced tool manufacturing companies ... » read more

How Verification And Validation Can Create A Comprehensive Digital Twin To Design Tomorrow’s Self-Driving Cars Today


By Shakeel Jeeawoody and Hieu Tran Autonomous vehicles (AV) are the future of driving – and the future might not be so far away. Optimizing the capabilities of self-driving vehicles and the environment around them could lead to a mad dash to the financial finish line for manufacturers. Who takes the checkered flag will ultimately be determined by the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of th... » read more

Building Complex Chips That Last Longer


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about design challenges in advanced packages and nodes with John Lee, vice president and general manager for semiconductors at Ansys; Shankar Krishnamoorthy, general manager of Synopsys' Design Group; Simon Burke, distinguished engineer at Xilinx; and Andrew Kahng, professor of CSE and ECE at UC San Diego. This discussion was held at the Ansys IDEAS co... » read more

Edge Computing: New Support For Digital Twins


Digital twins are one of the most exciting technology developments to emerge over the past few years. By creating a virtual model of a physical product, then simulating its real-time operation, companies are optimizing maintenance, predicting critical maintenance events and fueling innovation via actual performance feedback. Because simulation requires computational resources and the associated... » read more

Choosing The Right Model Fidelity For Your Digital Twin


The EDA industry has advanced by leaps and bounds with innovation. Every time we approach a new technology node, many algorithms have to be re-imagined. As the late Jim Ready often pointed out to me, compared to the world of software development, these semiconductor technology changes are the hardware equivalent to what Fred Brooks, in his seminal article “No Silver Bullet—Essence and Accid... » read more

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