The Power Of Virtual Prototyping: From SoC Design To Software Development

Virtual prototypes and hardware design: More powerful and complex integrated circuits and System-on-Chip (SoC) designers have a daunting task at both the hardware and software level. SoC architects need a method for early evaluation of hardware components, known as Intellectual Property (IP) blocks, that will have direct impact on the commercial success of the SoC. There are a range of complex ... » read more

The Rise Of Layout-Dependent Effects

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Designing for today’s advanced semiconductor manufacturing process nodes brings area, speed, power and other benefits but also new performance challenges as a result of the pure physics of running current through tiny wires. Layout-dependent effects (LDE), which emerged at 40nm and are having a larger impact at 28 and 20nm, introduce variability to circuit ... » read more