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System-Aware Full-Chip Power Integrity And Reliability


At the core of every electronics system is a chip that has to meet multiple conflicting requirements such as increased functionality, best power efficiency, highest reliability, lowest design cost and short design schedule. Meeting these requirements poses a major challenge, especially for systems on chip (SoCs) that are designed using advanced processes. Ensuring that the SoCs meet power an... » read more

Early Power Budgeting for Live Applications


Today, power and energy efficiency are at the forefront of SoC design. Functional activity has a first-order impact on power. Increasing functional integration requires a comprehensive analysis of power consumption across complex modes of operation. Power inefficiency in any one mode can have a significant impact on the competitiveness of a product or time to market. So designers are looking fo... » read more

FinFET Based Designs: Power Analysis Considerations


Design teams working on mobile, computing, networking and other low power, high performance IPs and SoCs are migrating to FinFET-based technologies. However the benefits from their smaller sizes and the ability to deliver consistent performance at ultra-low sub-1V nominal supply voltage levels is outweighed by the worsening of power noise and reliability. As mentioned in an earlier blog on Powe... » read more

Experts At The Table: Power Budgeting


By Ed Sperling Low-Power Engineering sat down with Barry Pangrle, solutions architect for low-power design and verification at Mentor Graphics; Cary Chin, director of technical marketing for low-power solutions at Synopsys; Vic Kulkarni, general manager of the RTL business unit at Apache Design Solutions; Matt Klein, principal engineer for power and broadcast applications at Xilinx; and Paul ... » read more

Challenges In IC And Electronic Systems Verification


Power efficiency, unrealistic schedules, and cost-down considerations are increasingly the top challenges design teams must meet to deliver next generation electronic systems, whether it is for the mobile, server, or automotive market. In addition, a successful chip tapeout does not guarantee the eventual end-product’s success—there are many variables to take into account. In the first p... » read more

Experts At The Table: Power Budgeting


By Ed Sperling Low-Power Engineering sat down with Barry Pangrle, solutions architect for low-power design and verification at Mentor Graphics; Cary Chin, director of technical marketing for low-power solutions at Synopsys; Vic Kulkarni, general manager of the RTL business unit at Apache Design Solutions; Matt Klein, principal engineer for power and broadcast applications at Xilinx; and Paul ... » read more

Extraction, Power And Final Silicon


By Ann Steffora Mutschler As semiconductor technology scales down, manufacturing effects are coming front and center, putting constant pressure on design teams to make sure that silicon can be modeled through the extraction process while performing analysis accurately. Extraction technology is one of the basic components needed to gain an accurate measurement of power, timing and signal int... » read more