Accelerating Toshiba’s SoC Design with Fusion Compiler


This white paper discusses how Toshiba and Synopsys worked closely to bring-up Fusion Compiler and deploy it throughout Toshiba's advanced proprietary Tachyon Design System. With improved power, performance, and area (PPA), faster time-to-results and a predictable design flow have been validated on the latest, differentiated automotive SoC ASIC products, and Fusion Compiler is being broadly dep... » read more

Quantifying the Value of On-Chip Debug


White paper authored by Semico Research, quantifies the benefits of using on-chip debug and monitoring technology, specifically UltraSoc's technology. Rising design complexityIn the last several years, contemporary SoCs (system-on-a-chip) have become increasingly complex. They now consist of 100s of millions of gates, 100 or more discrete semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) blocks, hi... » read more

Accelerate SoC Simulation Time of Newer Generation FPGAs


Comprehensive verification that can be provided by HDL simulators is good, but not ideal. What is necessary is a faster, safer, and more thorough verification environment that combines the robustness of an HDL simulator with the speed of FPGA prototyping boards. The goal is to put together the power of these two verification methodologies into one platform. Read more. » read more

ISO26262: The Case for Embedded Analytics in Automotive (updated: V.4.0)


From advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to a new generation of robots and medical systems, we are seeing an explosion in the development of cyber-physical systems. Because these systems use advanced software to interact with the physical world, safety is a paramount issue but one that is reflected in many industries by the use of safety standards based on a philosophy of risk assessme... » read more

Designing SoCs For Hybrids


Hybrid vehicle sales are growing, driven by a global concern for lower vehicle emissions and consumer demand for better economy. This has set off a rush by semiconductor companies to provide key components for those vehicles because they are much more reliant on electronics than regular gasoline-powered vehicles. But the changeover is not as straightforward as it might sound. Hybrid vehicles... » read more

Why Build New Silicon?


You can’t turn around these days without hearing talk of our increasingly connected lives, tethered by the Internet of Everything (IoE), and cloud this, cloud that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking this next big thing because on many levels it is inspiring creativity, as all big things do. And the ramifications are still getting worked out as far as the impact on chip design, and t... » read more

Processor Use Models Evolving


Application-specific processing is a very broad category. It includes processors that are tuned for a specific application domain such as vision processing or software-defined radio for high-end wireless, or voice trigger in IoT devices. This category also includes narrowly focused processors optimized for a specific [getkc id="81" kc_name="SoC"], with a specific application within the chip. An... » read more

Designing For Security


Some level of security is required in SoC today, whether it is in hardware, software or — most commonly — both. Of course, there is a price to pay from a power and performance perspective, but thankfully just a small one in most cases. The explosion of consumer devices has driven the need for increased security features in smart cards, smart phones, personal computers, home networks, and... » read more

Automation Can’t Replace Human Intervention


We work in a dynamic industry where the focus is on making it easier to design and verify semiconductor chips by automating tasks for the design engineer. There is so much emphasis on this that I wonder if it is easy to forget the value of that designer’s experience. No matter how automated a process gets, there is always the fundamental assumption that the engineer knows what is happening be... » read more

A Balancing Act


By Ann Steffora Mutschler If you stay current on data center trends, you are well-versed on the fact that Intel reported last June energy proportionality has effectively doubled server efficiency and workload scaling beyond what Moore’s Law predicted. What does this have to do with power management of SoCs? Cary Chin, director of marketing for low-power solutions at Synopsys, said tha... » read more

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