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A Holistic Approach To Energy-Efficient System-On-Chip (SoC) Design


It takes a great deal of energy to power the modern world, and demand grows every day. This is especially true for electronics, where ever increasing automation and more intelligent devices incessantly demand more power. Many applications that use chips face a variety of pressures for reduced power consumption and better energy efficiency. In response, the semiconductor and electronic design au... » read more

Accelerating Software Development With Fast Virtual Prototypes


Most of today's largest semiconductor devices are highly complex system on chip (SoC) designs, which means that they include one or more embedded processors. This indicates that software provides some of the key functionality of the chip. The system cannot be fully verified or validated without both hardware and software. However, software development generally takes more time and resources to ... » read more

What You Should Consider When Choosing A Processor IP Core


Most integrated circuits include at least one processor core and some embedded software. In the case of more complex systems-on-chip (SoC), there may be application processors running the main software, and operating system plus multiple specialised subsystems handling functions such as communications, security, and sensors. Requirements for processing vary considerably and there is a wide choi... » read more

Does System Design Still Need Abstraction?


About 15 years ago, the assumption in the EDA industry was that system design would be inevitable. The transition from gate-level design to a new entry point at the register transfer level (RTL) seemed complete with logic synthesis becoming well-adopted. The next step seemed to be so obvious at the time: High-level synthesis (HLS) and transaction-based development beyond RTL—also taking into ... » read more

Accelerating Toshiba’s Advanced System-on-Chip (SoC) Design with Synopsys’ Fusion Compiler


Authors: Mitchy M. Mitsuyasu, Senior Specialist, Semiconductor R&D, Toshiba Electronic Device & Storage Corp.; Akira Nikaido, Director Product Marketing, Synopsys. Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation, part of the broader Toshiba, Kawasaki Japan, has long been a technology leader in Advanced SoCs spanning multiple, key market verticals. This includes automotive, communications, I... » read more

Opposites Attract: IP Standardization vs. Customization


Have you had a look lately at an autonomous driving SoC? Have you noticed, besides the cool machine learning stuff, the grocery list of third-party IP that goes into it? It is a long, long list, composed of pieces both big and small and quite diverse. For example, interface and peripheral PHYs and controllers, memories, on-chip interconnects, PVT monitors and PLLs. In some highly-publicized exa... » read more

Challenges To Building Level 5 Automotive Chips


It’s an exciting time in the automotive space, and this is especially true when it comes to all of the activity around autonomous driving and the path to achieving full Level 5 autonomy. The technology is complex, the ecosystem seems to get more complex by the day, and simulating autonomous systems safely makes this an extremely fascinating area from an engineering perspective. At the heart o... » read more

A Complete System-Level Security Verification Methodology


Hardware is at the root of all digital systems, and security must be considered during the system-on-chip (SoC) design and verification process. Verifying the security of an SoC design is challenging because of time to market pressure and resource constraints. Resources allocated to the already time-consuming task of functional verification must be diverted to security verification, which requi... » read more

The Power Of Virtual Prototyping


As embedded SoCs continue to become more powerful and complex, beating the market may very well rely on non-traditional approaches to product design and development. Software-based methodologies involving virtual prototypes are helping to prove out designs earlier and enable companies to parallelize hardware and software development. Click here to download PDF. » read more

SOC Design & IP Management—A Must For Functional Verification


As a part of the verification flow, verification teams perform different types of simulations based on the nature of the design. The simulations include digital logic functional simulations, mixed-signal functional simulations, power-aware simulations, formal verification runs and gate-level simulations. For a signoff, all planned tests must pass in all four types of simulations. In addition t... » read more

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