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Improving Concurrent Chip Design, Manufacturing, And Test Flows


Semiconductor design, manufacturing, and test are becoming much more tightly integrated as the chip industry seeks to optimize designs using fewer engineers, setting the stage for greater efficiencies and potentially lower chip costs without just relying on economies of scale. The glue between these various processes is data, and the chip industry is working to weave together various steps t... » read more

Automating The Detection of Hardware Common Weakness Enumerations In Early Design


A new technical paper titled "Don't CWEAT It: Toward CWE Analysis Techniques in Early Stages of Hardware Design" was published by researchers at NYU, Intel, Duke and University of Calgary. "To help prevent hardware security vulnerabilities from propagating to later design stages where fixes are costly, it is crucial to identify security concerns as early as possible, such as in RTL designs. ... » read more

New Processor Fuzzing Mechanism


Researchers from Boston University and University of Washington published a technical paper titled "ProcessorFuzz: Guiding Processor Fuzzing using Control and Status Registers." Abstract "As the complexity of modern processors has increased over the years, developing effective verification strategies to identify bugs prior to manufacturing has become critical. Undiscovered micro-architectur... » read more

Formal Verification Methodology For Detecting Security-Critical Bugs in HW & in the HW/Firmware Interface of SoCs (Award Winner)


A new technical paper titled "A Formal Approach to Confidentiality Verification in SoCs at the Register Transfer Level" was this year's first place winner of Intel's Hardware Security Academic Award program.   The approach utilizes UPEC (Unique Program Execution Checking) to identify functional design bugs causing confidentiality violations, covering both the processor and its peripherals. ... » read more

Heterogeneous Redundant Circuit Design Approaches for FPGAs


New research paper titled "Evaluation of Directive-based Heterogeneous Redundant Design Approaches for Functional Safety Systems on FPGAs" from researchers at Nagasaki University. Abstract (Partial) "In this paper, we present and evaluates two heterogeneous redundant circuit design approaches for FPGAs: a resource-level approach and strategy-level approach. The resource-level approach foc... » read more

Hardware Dynamic IFT Mechanism That Scales to Complex Open-Source RISC-V Processors


New technical paper titled "CellIFT: Leveraging Cells for Scalable and Precise Dynamic Information Flow Tracking in Hardware Designs" by researchers at ETH Zurich and Intel.  Paper to be presented at USENIX Security 2022 (August 10-12, 2022) in Boston, MA, USA. Partial Abstract "We introduce CELLIFT, a new design point in the space of dynamic IFT [Information flow tracking] for hardware. C... » read more

A Methodology for Automatic eFPGA redaction


New academic paper titled "ALICE: An Automatic Design Flow for eFPGA Redaction" from researchers at Politecnico di Milano, New York University, University of Calgary, and the University of Utah. Abstract "Fabricating an integrated circuit is becoming unaffordable for many semiconductor design houses. Outsourcing the fabrication to a third-party foundry requires methods to protect the intell... » read more

Increasing IP And SoC Debug Efficiency 10X With Intelligent Waveform Reuse


Design and verification reuse lies at the very heart of every modern chip development effort. A system on chip (SoC) project with billions of gates cannot possibly be completed in reasonable time without leveraging blocks from prior projects and commercial intellectual property (IP) offerings. These reused blocks are themselves challenging to develop since they are as large and complex as previ... » read more

Netlist Decompilation Workflow for Recovered Design Verification, Validation, and Assurance


Abstract: "Over the last few decades, the cost and difficulty of producing integrated circuits at ever shrinking node sizes has vastly increased, resulting in the manufacturing sector moving overseas. Using offshore foundries for chip fabrication, however, introduces new vulnerabilities into the design flow since there is little to no observability into the manufacturing process. At the same ... » read more

What’s Next For Emulation


Emulation is now the cornerstone of verification for advanced chip designs, but how emulation will evolve to meet future demands involving increasingly dense, complex, and heterogeneous architectures isn't entirely clear. EDA companies have been investing heavily in emulation, increasing capacity, boosting performance, and adding new capabilities. Now the big question is how else they can le... » read more

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