Which Verification Engine When


Frank Schirrmeister, group director for product marketing at Cadence, talks about which tools get used throughout the design flow, from architecture to simulation, formal verification, emulation, prototyping all the way to production, how the cloud has impacted the direction of the flow, and how machine learning will impact verification. » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A ANSYS will acquire Livermore Software Technology Corp. (LSTC), a provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Based in Livermore, CA, LSTC was founded in 1987 to commercialize the DYNA3D technology developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. DYNA3D became the company's premier product LS-DYNA, a general purpose nonlinear finite eleme... » read more

Using Compression For High-Bandwidth Video


Malte Doerper, senior manager for product management at Synopsys, explains how to improve bandwidth and reduce latency in video without changing out the existing infrastructure through compression, but unlike previous versions of compression there is no significant loss of quality. This approach reduces power, area and heat, as well. » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A IoT-focused memory chipmaker Adesto Technologies acquired S3 Semiconductors, a provider of mixed-signal and RF ASICs and IP. Based in Ireland, S3 Semiconductors was founded in 1986. S3 Semiconductors will become a business unit of Adesto and will continue to operate under its current model in the $35 million deal. S3 Semiconductor's parent company, S3 Group, will continue as a separate... » read more

Enabling UHD Or 4K Resolution Displays Using Data Stream Compression


Displays delivering quad HD or 4K resolutions at faster frame rates and support for RGB formats are becoming prevalent in high-end smartphones, automotive infotainment systems, and mixed reality (AR/VR) devices. For this reason, designers need a protocol that enables visually lossless compression over display interfaces like MIPI Display Serial interface (DSI). The Video Electronics Standard... » read more

High Performance And Scalable Sensor Connectivity With MIPI I3C


The MIPI Alliance is working on a new standard called I3C (or SenseWire) that incorporates and unifies key attributes of I2C and Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). MIPI I3C enhances the capabilities and performance of each approach with a comprehensive, low pin count and scalable interface as well as architecture. It supports sensor interface architectures that mobile, mobile-influenced, and em... » read more

Tech Talk: 4K Screen Design


Hezi Saar, MIPI IP product manager at Synopsys, talks about how to design high-resolution displays for mobile devices and what can go wrong. [youtube vid=rQKNM0CABM0] » read more

Using Automotive-Ready IP To Accelerate SoC Development


IP suppliers play a key role in the automotive supply chain to enable high-performance advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) SoCs. Vision-based SoCs may contain a high amount of third-party IP to implement the key embedded vision, sensor fusion, multimedia, security and advanced connectivity functions. And while IP suppliers have permeated the semiconductor ecosystem for consumer, mobile, PC... » read more

IP Integration Challenges Increase


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Chris Rowen, CTO of [getentity id="22032" e_name="Cadence"]'s IP group; Rob Aitken, an [getentity id="22186" comment="ARM"] fellow; Patrick Soheili, vice president of product management and corporate development at [getentity id="22242" e_name="eSilicon"]; Navraj Nandra, senior director of marketing for DesignWare analog and mixed-signal IP at [getentity ... » read more

Image Sensor And Display Enhancements Drive Low-Cost Smartphone Growth


The low-cost smartphone segment is fueling the growth of the overall smartphone market. Smartphones are being adopted in emerging markets and are displacing feature or basic phones in developed markets. Mobile phone device manufacturers are closing the leadership gap with the No. 1 vendor – Samsung – by competing in both the high-end and low-end smartphone segments. See Table 1. Table ... » read more

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