An Energy Efficient, Linux-Capable RISC-V Host Platform Designed For The Seamless Plug-In And Control Of Domain-Specific Accelerators

A technical paper titled “Cheshire: A Lightweight, Linux-Capable RISC-V Host Platform for Domain-Specific Accelerator Plug-In” was published by researchers at ETH Zurich and University of Bologna. Abstract: "Power and cost constraints in the internet-of-things (IoT) extreme-edge and TinyML domains, coupled with increasing performance requirements, motivate a trend toward heterogeneous arc... » read more

Distilling The Essence Of Four DAC Keynotes

Chip design and verification are facing a growing number of challenges. How they will be solved — particularly with the addition of machine learning — is a major question for the EDA industry, and it was a common theme among four keynote speakers at this month's Design Automation Conference. DAC has returned as a live event, and this year's keynotes involved the leaders of a systems comp... » read more

Growth And Enthusiasm At The RISC-V Summit 2021

We weren’t sure what to expect from our first major attendance at a #RISCVSummit. Although we were a founding member of RISC-V – as we’ve been saying quite a lot recently – we have been hiding our light under a bushel. We’ve certainly been busy though – enabling over 2 billion RISC-V cores with our RISC-V processor IP and Studio tools while helping customers use architecture lice... » read more

Solving Real World AI Productization Challenges With Adaptive Computing

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) moves swiftly, with the pace of innovation only accelerating. While the software industry has been successful in deploying AI in production, the hardware industry – including automotive, industrial, and smart retail – is still in its infancy in terms of AI productization. Major gaps still exist that hinder AI algorithm proof-of-concepts (PoC) from b... » read more

System-Level Benefits Of The Versal Platform

Moore's Law has fueled the technological prosperity of the last 50 years, but it is generally believed now that Gordon Moore's 1965 forecast about the pace of innovation no longer holds true today. Continuing the silicon architectures of yesterday cannot meet the expanding demands of tomorrow's workloads. Frequently highlighted by today’s leaders in the field of computer architecture, to meet... » read more

Ten Lessons From Three Generations Shaped Google’s TPUv4i

Source: Norman P. Jouppi, Doe Hyun Yoon, Matthew Ashcraft, Mark Gottscho, Thomas B. Jablin, George Kurian, James Laudon, Sheng Li, Peter Ma, Xiaoyu Ma, Nishant Patil, Sushma Prasad, Clifford Young, Zongwei Zhou (Google); David Patterson (Google / Berkeley) Find technical paper here. 2021 ACM/IEEE 48th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Abstract–"Google de... » read more

The Road To Domain-Specific Accelerators

For about fifty years, IC designers have been relying on different types of semiconductor scaling to achieve gains in performance. Best known is Moore’s Law, which predicted that the number of transistors in a given silicon area and clock frequency would double every two years. This was combined with Dennard scaling, which predicted that with silicon geometries and supply voltages shrinki... » read more

Interconnects In A Domain-Specific World

Moving data around is probably the least interesting aspect of system design, but it is one of three legs that defines the key performance indicators (KPI) for a system. Computation, memory, and interconnect all need to be balanced. Otherwise, resources are wasted and performance is lost. The problem is that the interconnect is rarely seen as a contributor to system functionality. It is seen... » read more

Tradeoffs To Improve Performance, Lower Power

Generic chips are no longer acceptable in competitive markets, and the trend is growing as designs become increasingly heterogeneous and targeted to specific workloads and applications. From the edge to the cloud, including everything from vehicles, smartphones, to commercial and industrial machinery, the trend increasingly is on maximizing performance using the least amount of energy. This ... » read more

Roaring ’20s For The Chip Industry

2020 was a good year for the semiconductor industry and the EDA industry that fuels it, but 2021 has the opportunity to be even better. New end application markets continue to open, and what were once seen as technical hurdles are leading to a multitude of innovative solutions, all of which need suitable tooling. No company can afford to invest everywhere, and so for EDA companies, their rel... » read more

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