The Security Penalty


It's not clear if Meltdown, Spectre and Foreshadow caused actual security breaches, but they did prompt big processor vendors like Intel, Arm, AMD and IBM to fix these vulnerabilities before they were made public by Google's Project Zero. While all of this may make data center managers and consumers feel better in one respect, it has created a level of panic of a different sort. For decades,... » read more

Scalable, Cloud-Ready IC Validator Solution For Advanced DRC Nodes


As we move to a data-centric world, semiconductor companies across the globe are working at a furious pace to develop and manufacture Artificial Intelligent [AI] chips. AI is all about an algorithm that mimics a human’s ability to learn and decide. For example, AI can be used to interpret and understand an image that helps a doctor make a better diagnosis for a patient. This requires chips to... » read more

Safety, The Non-Negotiable Requirement Driving Autonomous Vehicle SoC Designs


The automotive industry has set itself the goal of achieving autonomous driving and is accruing the building blocks to make that happen. The challenge is in architecting the next generation automotive SoCs which must deliver exploding performance while meeting requirements for real-time latency, end-to-end QoS, FuSa (ISO 26262) and security. These SoCs need to include heterogeneous architecture... » read more

Safety, Security And PPA Tradeoffs


Safety and security are emerging as key design tradeoffs as chips are added into safety-critical markets, adding even more complexity into an already complicated optimization process. In the early days of semiconductor design, performance and area were traded off against each other. Then power became important, and the main tradeoffs became power, performance and area (PPA). But as chips inc... » read more

22nm Process Technology


Jamie Shaeffer, senior director of product line management at GlobalFoundries, talks about how FD-SOI compares with bulk technologies, where it will be used and why, and future stacking options. https://youtu.be/2i7GJRxcNRs » read more

In-Design Power Rail Analysis


Tech Talk: Kenneth Chang, senior staff product marketing manager at Synopsys, talks about what can go wrong with power at advanced nodes and why in-design power rail analysis works best early in the flow in helping to reduce overall margin. https://youtu.be/0oiWQPS1-Xk » read more

A High-Speed Asynchronous Multi-Input Pipeline For Compaction And Transfer of Parallel SIMD Data


Image sensors with programmable, highly parallel signal processing, so called Vision-Systems-on-Chip, perform computationally intensive tasks directly on the sensor itself. Therefore it is possible to limit the amount of output data to relevant image features only. Reading out such features presents a major challenge, since the position and number of features often is not known. Conventional sy... » read more

Right-Sizing Your Cryptographic Processing Solution


The cornerstone of all security solutions that deal with confidentiality, integrity and authentication is cryptography. Cryptography is a complex math problem used to help create security applications. Algorithms vary for different applications and are used for specific purposes. The common cryptographic algorithms are symmetric block ciphers for confidentiality, hash functions for integrity, a... » read more

Understanding The Effect Of Variability In Bulk FinFET Device Performance


2-D MOSFETs have proven difficult to scale down to 20nm and beyond. In their place, 3D FinFET transistors have emerged as novel devices that can scale down to lower node sizes. 10nm process finFETs are for SoC product mass production, and research is progressing towards a 7nm process finFET. FinFET transistors provide lower dynamic power consumption (due to flatter I-V curves), improved control... » read more

Measuring And Analyzing SoC Performance With Verdi Performance Analyzer


SoC performance is a key competitive advantage in the marketplace. The choice and configuration of SoC components—protocol IP and interconnects, is geared towards maximizing overall SoC performance. A case in point is the use of HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) technology and controllers. Currently in its third generation, HBM boasts high-performance while using less power in a substantially small... » read more

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