Blog Review: Nov. 8


Synopsys' Eric Huang digs in to what's new with USB 3.2 and what's achieved by preserving the existing PHY signaling speeds. In a video, Mentor's Colin Walls provides tips on how to write debuggable and maintainable embedded code. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in on a talk by Andrew Kahng of UC San Diego on the problem of scaling and why machine learning can improve EDA tools. Rambus... » read more

China’s Ambitious Automotive Plans


China has big plans for cars—and other related markets. After years of trailing behind Japanese, European and U.S.-based carmakers in automotive technology, reliability, status, and even market share within its own political borders, the country is making a concerted push into internally developed and manufactured assisted- and self-driving vehicles. The strategy plays out well for China o... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys will acquire Black Duck Software, a provider of software for securing and managing open source software. Synopsys already has a stake in this area from its Coverity acquisition in 2014, which it has been using to analyze security practices in open source software. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Black Duck's products automate the process of identifying and ... » read more

For SoC ISO 26262 Compliance, Should All EDA Tools Be TCL1?


ISO 26262, the automotive functional safety standard, requires the assessment of software tool confidence levels (TCLs) as either a TCL1, TCL2 or TCL3.  Part 8:2011, clause 11.4.5 of the ISO 26262 standard provides a methodology with guidance for software tool classification and qualification. It applies to software tools used for the development of safety-critical designs where it is essentia... » read more

Faster Commoditization In Cars


Sensors are at the heart of assisted and autonomous driving, but even before these devices hit the road the average selling prices of these components will have to fall far enough to be affordable to a mass audience. Achieving economies of scale is what has made the semiconductor industry successful over the past half century. It has enabled semiconductors to proliferate and for electronics ... » read more

Security For Embedded Electronics


The embedded systems market is expected to enjoy steady growth in the near future—provided those systems can be adequately secured. One of the biggest challenges for embedded devices and systems, especially those employed in the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"], is adequately protecting them from increasingly sophisticated hacking. This is a new tool for criminal enterprises, a... » read more

STMicroelectronics’ Implementation Of The STAR Hierarchical System And IEEE 1500 Wrapping


This white paper discusses various IEEE 1500 architectures that STMicroelectronics has deployed using the Synopsys DesignWare STAR Hierarchical System test solution. STAR Hierarchical System allows users to optimize test time on system-on-chips that use multiple cores. The white paper provides guidelines on interface IP wrapping with IEEE 1500 to improve test time. In addition, it discusses the... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 1


Mentor's Nitin Bhagwath continues digging into DDR timing with a look at the clock-to-DQS requirement at the DRAM and how "write-leveling" is used to solve layout issues caused by the requirement. Synopsys' Dipesh Handa checks out what's new in the MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 specification that opens it up to new imaging and vision applications, including IoT and automotive. Cadence's Ken Willis delv... » read more

How To Handle Concurrency


The evolution of processing architectures has solved many problems within a chip, but for each problem solved another one was created. Concurrency is one of those issues, and it has been getting much more attention lately. While concurrency is hardly a new problem, the complexity of today’s systems is making it increasingly difficult to properly design, implement and verify the software an... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A PLDA is divesting its Reflex CES brand. The FPGA board maker will become wholly managed by its own management and investment teams. In 2015, Reflex CES took over the hardware businesses of PLDA, including FPGA-based boards and the System-on-Module product lines. Tools Mentor uncorked a new tool for in-system test and diagnosis of automotive ICs. Tessent MissionMode provides infrast... » read more

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