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OVP Guide To Using Processor Models


The OVP simulation technology from Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) and Imperas Software Limited enables very high performance simulation, debug and analysis of virtual platforms containing multiple processor and peripheral models. The OVP technology is extensible, provides the ability to create new models of processors and other platform components by writing C/C++ code that uses application progr... » read more

Big Changes In Verification


Verification is undergoing fundamental change as chips become increasingly complex, heterogeneous, and integrated into larger systems. Tools, methodologies, and the mindset of verification engineers themselves are all shifting to adapt to these new designs, although with so many moving pieces this isn't always so easy to comprehend. Ferreting out bugs in a design now requires a multi-faceted... » read more

CEO Outlook: 2021


The new year will be one of significant transition and innovation for the chip industry, but there are so many new applications and market segments that broad generalizations are becoming less meaningful. Unlike in years past, where sales of computers or smart phones were a good indication of how the chip industry would fare, end markets have both multiplied and splintered, greatly increasin... » read more

The Lost Art Of Processor Verification


As we celebrate over 50 years of microprocessors, the industry has embraced every generation of silicon process technology with architectural innovation plus new design methods that have supported innovations in almost every market segment. The interest around RISC-V is opening up increased activity around new approaches to optimize designs for the next generation of devices across multiple mar... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Security The United States Department of Defense added China's SMIC to its blacklist for its alleged cooperation with the Chinese military, reports Reuters. U.S. investors are asked not to invest in SMIC, among 35 other companies based in China on the list. Intel Labs launched the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute with Avast and Borsetta, to advance and develop technologies in pri... » read more

RISC-V Custom Instruction Flow Application Note


A RISC-V processor has several defined decode spaces, for example custom0, custom1 etc. into which new custom instructions can be added. OVP Fast processor models can be extended without modification to the pre-compiled and verified base processor model source code using one or more extension libraries. An extension library can be loaded as part of a virtual platform definition in addition to t... » read more

Speeding Up AI With Vector Instructions


A search is underway across the industry to find the best way to speed up machine learning applications, and optimizing hardware for vector instructions is gaining traction as a key element in that effort. Vector instructions are a class of instructions that enable parallel processing of data sets. An entire array of integers or floating point numbers is processed in a single operation, elim... » read more

Is Hardware-Assisted Verification Avoidable?


Emulation is emerging as the tool of choice for complex and large designs, but companies that swap from simulation to emulation increasingly recognize this is not an easy transition. It requires money, time, and effort, and even then not everyone gets it right. Still, there are significant benefits to moving from simulation to emulation, providing these systems can be utilized efficiently en... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Synopsys debuted the VC SpyGlass RTL Static Signoff platform featuring new noise reduction technology that uses machine learning to reduce noise by 10X without loss of quality of results. It also provides comprehensive CDC and RDC analysis to catch logic issues added during implementation, and is integrated with Synopsys' automated debug system. Ansys released RaptorH, a tool that com... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Aldec launched the HES-MPF500-M2S150 Development Kit for early co-development and co-verification of hardware and software for FPGA-based embedded systems that will use devices from either or both of Microchip’s PolarFire or SmartFusion2 families. The HES-MPF500-M2S150 Development Kit features Microchip’s low power PolarFire MPF500T FCG1152 FPGA, which has 481k logic elements, 1480 math blo... » read more

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