Improving Simulation Throughput Using The Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulator


Simulators have been around for a long time. First, there were interpreters in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and despite being relatively slow, they were a big step up from fabricating the design and hoping it worked. However, as designs continued to increase in size, the interpreters could not keep up with simulation needs, and innovation was required for simulators to keep pace with new technology. ... » read more

Revolution By Evolution: Getting To The Next Technology Breakthrough In Analog Simulation


Recent technology developments, advanced-node adoptions, and Moore than Moore designs have forced analog and custom IC designers to adopt new design practices that benefit from these advancements. These changes have resulted in the need to simulate larger designs with more post-layout parasitics. In addition, many custom IC designs such as flash memory, MRAM, sensor arrays, etc., now require SP... » read more

Critical Success Factors When Implementing Simulation Led Design Exploration


Upfront simulation in the design stage of product development has long held great promise. It lets engineers find design flaws earlier and explore more alternatives. There is little doubt that such an effort offers tangible benefits to engineering organizations. But several obstacles often prevent companies from implementing a successful simulation initiative. The knowledge, skill, and time ... » read more

Toshiba Verifies Thermal Contribution In Motor Control Driver ICs


High output current ICs usually generate a lot of heat from the driver transistor, which affects the surrounding circuits. Therefore, it is important to take into account the transient heat based on the output current level when designing applications such as engine throttles or on/off switches for engine bulbs. In this whitepaper, the Toshiba team discusses how they used the Eldo circuit simul... » read more

Adding Order And Structure To Verification


You can't improve what you can't measure, and when it comes to methodologies the notion of measurement becomes more difficult. Add in notions of the skills, capabilities and experience levels of individuals within an organization, which may affect their ability to adopt certain technologies, and it requires considerable attention. This is where concepts such as capability maturity models (CM... » read more

Analog Fault Simulation


Anand Thiruvengadam, senior staff product marketing manager at Synopsys, drills down into the need for fault simulation in analog circuits in automotive designs. » read more

Incremental System Verification


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the implications of having an executable specification that drives verification with Hagai Arbel, chief executive officer for VTool; Adnan Hamid, chief executive office for Breker Verification; Mark Olen, product marketing manager for Mentor, a Siemens Business; Jim Hogan, managing partner of Vista Ventures; Sharon Rosenberg, senior solutions archit... » read more

End-To-End Cell–Pack–System Solution: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery


Industry has become more interested in developing optimal energy storage systems as a result of increasing gasoline prices and environmental concerns. A major application for energy storage use is hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). The rechargeable energy storage system is a key design issue, as it dominates overall vehicle performance. The system as a whole must deliv... » read more

Automotive System Design


Burkhard Huhnke, vice president of automotive at Synopsys, looks at how to build and update chips in increasingly sophisticated vehicles, where the problem spots are, and what comes next. » read more

Blog Review: April 17


In a video, Mentor's Colin Walls digs into power management in embedded software with a particular look at the Power Pyramid model. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding checks out the state of application security at this year's RSA and finds that while organizations are paying attention to security through training and dedicated teams, roadblocks still remain. Cadence's Paul McLellan considers how... » read more

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