Blog Review: June 19


Siemens' John McMillan and Todd Burkholder suggest using an automatic formal-based approach to verifying chiplet package connections early in the design process. Cadence's Veena Parthan explores the intricacies of wind tunnel testing in automotive design and how the collaborative relationship between computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and wind tunnels has resulted in accelerated and more nua... » read more

Temperature: A Growing Concern For Chip Security Experts


While everyone in the semiconductor industry wants to have the hottest new product, having that type of temperature manifest in a literal sense poses a threat not just to product stability and performance but to the security of the chips themselves. Temperature has become an object of fascination to security researchers due to the vagaries of how the physical properties of heat affect perfor... » read more

When To Expect Domain-Specific AI Chips


The chip industry is moving toward domain-specific computation, while artificial intelligence (AI) is moving in the opposite direction, creating a gap that could force significant changes in how chips and systems are architected in the future. Behind this split is the amount of time it takes to design hardware and software. In the 18 months since ChatGPT was launched on the world, there has ... » read more

Blog Review: June 12


Cadence's Deep Mehta finds that PCIe 6.0 switches need advanced verification strategies that delve deeper than basic functionality, such as generating backpressure traffic to identify potential performance bottlenecks and ensure the switch operates optimally in real-world scenarios. Siemens' Reetika explains why proper management and verification of reset domain crossing (RDC) paths are cruc... » read more

Toward A Software-Defined Hardware World


Software-defined hardware may be the ultimate Shift Left approach as chip design grows closer to true co-design than ever with potential capacity baked into the hardware, and greater functionality delivered over the air or via a software update. This marks another advance in the quest for lower power, one that’s so revolutionary that it’s upending traditional ideas about model-based systems... » read more

Blog Review: June 5


Cadence's Neelabh Singh provides an overview of the low power entry and exit flows in USB4 Version 2.0 link speed and how they have been simplified by making low power entry uni-directional and removing the need for certain handshakes for low power exit of the re-timers. In a podcast, Siemens' Steph Chavez chats with Daniel Beeker of NXP about the foundational importance of power distributio... » read more

Chip Design Digs Deeper Into AI


Growing demand for blazing fast and extremely dense multi-chiplet systems are pushing chip design deeper into AI, which increasingly is viewed as the best solution for sifting through scores of possible configurations, constraints, and variables in the least amount of time. This shift has broad implications for the future of chip design. In the past, collaborations typically involved the chi... » read more

AI For Data Management


Data management is becoming a significant new challenge for the chip industry, as well as a brand new opportunity, as the amount of data collected at every step of design through manufacturing continues to grow. Exacerbating the problem is the rising complexity of designs, many of which are highly customized and domain-specific at the leading edge, as well as increasing demands for reliabili... » read more

Embracing The Future: 5G NTN – Satellite Service For The Masses


In a world where communication is paramount, access to reliable networks is not just a luxury but a necessity. Traditionally, satellite communications have been reserved for specialized terminals with cumbersome antennas and costly subscription plans. However, with the advent of 5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTNs), the landscape of satellite phone availability is undergoing a revolutionary tran... » read more

Trouble Ahead For IC Verification


Verification complexity is roughly the square of design complexity, but until recently verification success rates have remained fairly consistent. That's beginning to change. There are troubling signs that verification is collapsing under the load. The first-time success rate fell (see figure 1) in the last survey conducted by Wilson Research, on behalf of Siemens EDA, in 2022. A new survey ... » read more

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