HDMI 2.0 Design And Verification Challenges

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is an audio/video (A/V) trans- mission protocol, which is omnipresent in consumer electronics, personal computing, and mobile products. Modern-day requirements of big screen resolutions, 3D, and multi-channel/multi-stream audio have pushed display devices to use a completely digital, high-speed transmission media, requiring a multi-layered protocol li... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Tools Cadence rolled out a use-case scenario verification tool that automates some test development that has been done manually in the past. The new tool accelerates development of software-driven tests and debug to ferret out complex SoC-level bugs. Cadence claims a 10X productivity improvement. Mentor Graphics uncorked a new version of its verification IP for PCI Express. The new IP decre... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

IP Synopsys rolled out verification IP for mobile PCIe, including built-in M-PHY, for UVM environments. Cadence introduced MIPI SoundWire controller IP, which allows bi-directional digital communication using low gate count and minimal complexity. Deals ARM and TSMC rolled out a road map for 64-bit ARM-based processors at 10nm. The companies said the early pathfinding work is expected t... » read more

Memory VIP

As the consumer market, and the mobile segment in particular, continues to demand more features and more performance in their gadgets, the designer community is confronted with myriad challenges of delivering on those demands – not the least of which is verifying compliance of ever-evolving protocols that enable the connection of everything within the system on chip (SoC), and the connection ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

M&A CEVA bought RivieraWaves, which makes IP for WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. CEVA said the deal will boost its market to 35 billion connected devices within six years. The two companies have been collaborating in the WiFi market for the past couple of years. Total cost of the deal is $19 million. Mentor Graphics acquired XS Embedded GmbH, a German-based developer of automotive-read... » read more

Which IP Is Better?

As the amount of third-party and re-used IP in a semiconductor increases, so do the number of questions about which possible IP choices perform better, use the least power, or work best with other components. So far, there is no simple way to make that choice. In most cases, this is simply splitting hairs. For all the IP that goes into designs, the bulk of it is chosen based on how often has... » read more

HDMI 2.0 Design And Verification Challenges

HDMI designs face challenges with respect to run time and memory consumption due to the huge size of HDMI frames. Scrambling adds more complexity and designs face synchronization and timing challenges. Similar challenges are faced during the functional verification of systems-on- chip (SoCs) including HDMI interfaces. These challenges can be addressed using HDMI verification IP (VIP). To dow... » read more

Experts At The Table: Debug

By Ed Sperling Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Galen Blake, senior verification engineer at Altera; Warren Stapleton, senior fellow at Advanced Micro Devices; Stephen Bailey, director of solutions marketing at Mentor Graphics; Michael Sanie, senior director of verification marketing at Synopsys. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: The amount of IP is increasing and i... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 9

By Ed Sperling Mentor’s Simon Favre raises an interesting question: Why are 450mm wafers and EUV lithography related? The answer may surprise you. In his second broadcast, Cadence’s Brian Fuller interviews Gary Smith about where EDA will grow, why industry consolidation is a myth and why there is a dearth of reliable information about the electronics industry. Synopsys’ Mick Posner... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 21

By Ed Sperling Mentor’s Michael Ford recalls the worst meetings in the world—ones that involve materials in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately there were a lot of them, so they were more like working in a recurring nightmare. Paging Freddie Krueger. Synopsys’ Karen Bartleson talks with Angisys CEO Anupam Bakshi about why EDA companies need to collaborate, and what’s the risk ... » read more

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