What’s Ahead For System-Level Design

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Architecting an SoC today is incredibly difficult. When you add in the number of available transistors, the manufacturing effects of smaller nodes, IP and software that must be integrated, among other things, the challenges just keep mounting. Depending on what market segment the SoC will be designed into has a huge impact, as well. “It is impossible to ove... » read more

The Good And Bad Of Models

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Driven by fierce competition and the fact that socket decisions are made long before silicon is manufactured, semiconductor companies today ship models and virtual prototypes to their OEMs very early in hopes of locking in the socket. Admittedly, this has been happening for some time, but due to complexity and the need for flexibility of models and virtual platf... » read more

The Trouble With Models

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Models and modeling concepts seem to be on the tip of every tongue these days. Once the promise of sparking true ESL design, the use of system-level models has settled into something more like enabling software development. There is also talk of leveraging models across the supply chain, but is this really possible yet? The concept of doing this incremental refinem... » read more

System-Level Models Redefined

By Ann Steffora Mutschler It wasn’t that long ago that the promise of system-level models was an easy implementation path and the ability to then reuse the models in a different design, for a different target application. But how reusable are those models in reality? The answer depends on whom you ask. First, it is important to define what a system-level model is, noted Frank Schirrmeiste... » read more