Post Layout Simulation Is Becoming The Bottleneck For Analog Verification


My, have times changed. I remember when I first started out as a green analog designer right out of college, we would cut rubylith masking film on a large light table representing the different layers of our design to generate the design for manufacturing of the chip. We proactively worked to mitigate cross coupling of noise to our signal nets, but we were rarely concerned about interconnect re... » read more

Simplifying And Speeding Up Verification


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss what's ahead for verification with Daniel Schostak, Arm fellow and verification architect; Ty Garibay, vice president of hardware engineering at Mythic; Balachandran Rajendran, CTO at Dell EMC; Saad Godil, director of applied deep learning research at Nvidia; Nasr Ullah, senior director of performance architecture at SiFive. What follows are excerpt... » read more

(Artificially) Intelligent Verification


Functional verification produces a lot of data, , but does that make it suitable for Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML)? Experts weigh in about where and how AI can help and what the industry could do to improve the benefits. "It's not necessarily the quantity," says Harry Foster, chief scientist for verification at Mentor, a Siemens Business. "It's the quality that matter... » read more

What Will The Next-Gen Verification Flow Look Like?


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss what's ahead for verification with Daniel Schostak, Arm fellow and verification architect; Ty Garibay, vice president of hardware engineering at Mythic; Balachandran Rajendran, CTO at Dell EMC; Saad Godil, director of applied deep learning research at Nvidia; and Nasr Ullah, senior director of performance architecture at SiFive. What follows are exc... » read more

Introducing The Simulation World Virtual Conference For Multiphysics Verification


The elimination of all live seminars and conferences has been felt particularly acutely by Ansys. The company’s extraordinary breadth of simulation products across many different physics – including fluidics, mechanical, optical, electrical, materials, and semiconductors – means that dozens of events for many different industrial sectors have been cancelled or postponed this year. In r... » read more

Inevitable Bugs


Are bug escapes inevitable? That was the fundamental question that Oski Technology recently put to a group of industry experts. The participants are primarily simulation experts who, in many cases, help direct the verification directions for some of the largest systems companies. In order to promote free discussion, all comments have been anonymized, distilling the primary thoughts of the parti... » read more

Math And Electronic Design Automation


Even though our teenage children may not show it the proper appreciation (yet), math is often referred to as the "universal language." And it is, even in EDA. Whenever I’m asked what the heck I do in my day job, I often fall back on analogies—a lot of them refer to building houses. For the geekier ones among us, I have even invoked The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Slartibartfast to ex... » read more

Accelerated Life Testing For Failure Prediction


By Theresa Duncan and Chris South Product reliability is essential for success, especially for electronic products like printed circuit boards (PCB). Accelerated life testing (ALT) is an expedient and cost-effective solution to determine the reliability and robustness of an electronic product or component. ALT uncovers potential failure risks and quantifies the life characteristics of a p... » read more

Simulation: Balancing Speed And Debug


There’s an old saying about simulation: “It’s all about the need for speed.” Simulation is the core technology for functional verification of semiconductors, and the demand for higher runtime performance never ebbs. Larger chips require more complex testbenches and much larger test suites since verification grows exponentially with increase in design size. With the diminishing return an... » read more

New Ways To Optimize Machine Learning


As more designers employ machine learning (ML) in their systems, they’re moving from simply getting the application to work to optimizing the power and performance of their implementations. Some techniques are available today. Others will take time to percolate through the design flow and tools before they become readily available to mainstream designers. Any new technology follows a basic... » read more

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