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    by Published on 03-25-2019 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Concept Engineering,
    4. Methodics,
    5. Events,
    6. Blue Pearl Software,
    7. SiFive,
    8. RISC-V,
    9. Breker Systems

    Last week I attended the first Verification 3.0 Innovation Summit held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara along with about 90 other interested engineers and former engineers (meaning marketing and sales people, like me). There was a great ...
    by Published on 03-25-2019 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: Modeling TSV, IBIS-AMI and SERDES with HSPICE-model_structure.jpg

    The scope of current system designs continues to present challenges to verification and implementation engineering teams. The algorithmic complexity of image/voice processing applications needs a high-level language description for efficient representation. The development and testing of embedded firmware routines (commonly written in ‘C’) are driving the trend toward SW/HW “virtual prototyping” verification strategies. And, to be sure, the time-to-market (TTM) pressures are extreme – despite the increased scope and diversity, ...
    by Published on 03-24-2019 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things,
    3. 5G
    Article: Intel's x86 - Foundry Breakup Comes into View-daas-iot.jpg

    There is an emerging market in the world of IoT, and service providers are yet to realize the potential of it. With x-as-a-Service — x taking the shape of either software, platform, or infrastructure — already in play, it is only a matter of time before Device-as-a-Service ...
    by Published on 03-24-2019 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Intel's x86 - Foundry Breakup Comes into View-automotive-self-certification-insufficient.jpg

    The crash of Ethiopia Air Flight 961 may have a negative impact on the development of autonomous vehicle technology. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now forced to reconsider the “self-certification” process used for the Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane involved.

    Self-driving car developers have been seeking the same self-certification for their own systems. The ...
    by Published on 03-22-2019 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
    Article: Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future-mar-2019-co-table.jpg

    The global semiconductor market grew 13.7% in 2018, according to World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS). Each year, we at Semiconductor Intelligence review semiconductor forecasts and compare them to the final WSTS data. We used projections which were publicly ...
    by Published on 03-22-2019 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. IC Knowledge
    Article: SHIELDing the Android GPU developer in C-progress-0.33-na-euv-systems-high-volume-manufacturing_roderik-van-es_page_06.jpg

    At the SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference ASML gave an update on both the current 0.33NA system and the 0.55 high-NA system development. I saw the presentations and got to sit down with Mike Lercel (Director of Strategic Marketing).
    by Published on 03-21-2019 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events
    Article: Modeling TSV, IBIS-AMI and SERDES with HSPICE-i-love-dac-min.jpg

    The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the must-see, annual event for semiconductor professionals that design chips, use EDA software, and buy semiconductor IP. Like all conferences there's an entrance fee, but for the 11th year now you can get a free pass, courtesy of three sponsors: Avatar Integrated Systems, ClioSoft, Truechip. The free pass is part of the I Love ...
    by Published on 03-21-2019 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. CEVA,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Cadence ♥ ClioSoft!-cellular-iot-deployment-min.jpg

    Cellular as a method to communicate with the IoT is on a tear for obvious reasons. It’s long-range with no concerns about the lesser reach of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it needs no added infrastructure since it already works with 2G/3G/4G (and ultimately ...
    by Published on 03-20-2019 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future-electronic-system-definition-min.jpg

    Many electronic product ideas start out as sketches on the back of a napkin, then migrate over to diagrams drawn in Visio or PowerPoint, finally entered into EDA-specific tools. With that methodology there's a big disconnect between the diagrams drawn with a purely graphical tool and the EDA tools, because there's no data linkage happening, so there's no consistency and no automation when a change is made to the specification. ...
    by Published on 03-20-2019 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. FPGA,
    5. Synopsys,
    6. ARM
    Article: Functional Check List in Verification-customer-feedback-min.jpeg

    Synopsys runs a “Industry verifies with Synopsys” lunch at each DVCon, which isn’t as cheesy as the title might suggest. The bulk of the lunch covers user presentations on their use of Synopsys tools which I find informative and quite open, sharing problems as much as successes. This year, ...

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