Synopsys Insight Newsletter 

Insights for Accelerating Innovation 

Synopsys Insight is a quarterly technology bulletin focused on providing insights on accelerating innovation for design engineers and management. We aim to publish informative articles about the latest Synopsys products and services, expert opinions from industry leaders, and insights from leading companies using Synopsys tools and IP to gain competitive advantages. Synopsys Insight will also keep you up to date with Synopsys news and events from around the world.

In this issue of Insight, Handel Jones, CEO of IBS, provides an overview of the SoC design landscape with a focus on the advanced designs being done on both the emerging and established nodes. Also, learn from technology leaders at STMicroelectronics and X-FAB as they discuss how Synopsys is collaborating with them to enable advanced designs at every node. Finally, don't miss the interview with Antun Domic, Executive Vice President & GM, Design Group at Synopsys, as he shares his perspective on advanced designs at every node.

 

Issue 1 - 2014

Industry Insights
Investing for Profitable Design
Dr. Handel Jones, Chief Executive of IBS, provides an overview of the SoC design landscape with a focus on advanced designs being done on both the established and emerging technology nodes.

Customer Highlights
Advanced Design with Smart Power (BCD) Technologies
Pier Luigi Rolandi, Senior Director, Design Enablement Technology R&D group, STMicroelectronics, explains how established process technologies offer the perfect platform for implementing smart power devices.

Towards High Value Analog Design
Dr. Jens Kosch, Chief Technical Officer, X-FAB, argues that compared to the digital foundry business, it is the economics of design productivity that limit the market for analog mixed-signal design.

Partner Highlight
Minimize the Cost of Testing ARM Processor-based Designs and Other Multicore SoCs
As the number of processor cores in advanced designs increases, it becomes increasingly difficult for design teams to cost-effectively meet their test-quality goals. Learn how design teams can benefit from Synopsys’ shared I/O capability in DFTMAX™ compression and TetraMAX® ATPG.

Executive Insights
Advanced Design at Every Process Nodes
In this video interview, hear from Antun Domic, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Design Group, Synopsys, as he reflects on the fact that advanced designs are being done on both emerging and established process technologies.

Technology Updates
ZeBu Server-3: The Industry’s Fastest Emulation System
Design teams are facing increasing verification challenges as SoC hardware and software become more complex. To develop the most advanced chips, high-performance emulation systems are a must. Learn how ZeBu Server-3 can help designers accelerating their SoC verification.

Accelerating Time to First Prototype with HAPS Developer eXpress
Approximately 70% of all IP and SoC designs are prototyped. Learn how design teams can use a cost-effective prototyping system to quickly develop, validate and integrate their IP subsystems, whether they are targeting new or established process technologies.

Reducing Power in Mobile Applications Using M-PCIe and USB SSIC IP
Designers creating chips that incorporate PCIe or USB for mobile applications are looking to reduce the power in their chips. As these design teams review the selection of interface protocols available to them, they are naturally looking at M-PCIe™ and USB SSIC. Read about Synopsys’ solution to help design teams choose the best IP for their mobile designs.

Physically-Aware ECO for Faster Timing Closure
Increasing design complexities are impeding the timing closure process on 28-nm and below designs. New techniques that automatically generate ECO (engineering change order) guidance with single-pass fix rates of >95% reduce the number of iterations through the extraction, implementation and final signoff loop.

Standards
Standard of Innovation: Advancing Technology
New technologies are emerging at an increasingly rapid pace, and established standards are supporting that advancement. Learn how stable, but not static, standards are helping to accelerate innovation.

Product Update
Latest News on Products, Technologies, Services and Solutions to Help Accelerate Your Innovation
Learn about some of the recent innovations Synopsys is providing its customers to help accelerate the development of better products sooner and more cost effectively.

Contact: Insight@synopsys.com

Issue 3 - 2013

Customer Highlight
Common Sense: New IP Subsystem Reduces Design Risk for SoC Sensor Integration
Sensors are becoming ubiquitous in many of today’s applications, including the Internet of Things, automobiles, mobile devices and more. Learn how the integrated, pre-verified DesignWare Sensor IP Subsystem helps designers incorporate sensor functionality into SoCs with less risk and improved time-to-market.

Technology Update
Solving the Power-Performance Paradox for High-End Embedded Processors
Learn how the new DesignWare® ARC® HS Family of CPU cores for embedded applications can help designers meet their performance goals while keeping to their power budgets without compromising their designs.

Understanding HDMI 2.0: Enabling the Ultra-High Definition Experience
The HDMI 2.0 specification provides an ultra-high definition viewing experience for discerning consumers. Learn how Synopsys, the first IP vendor to announce availability of HDMI 2.0 IP, is accelerating design teams’ HDMI 2.0 product development times.

Mega Data Centers Drive Demand for a New Class of SoCs
The huge uptake of cloud-based services is forcing a fundamental re-think of data center design. Learn how Synopsys’ DesignWare IP portfolio can support the needs of leading edge servers, networking, storage, and other applications as big data moves to the cloud.

Scalable Architectures for Analog IP on Advanced Process Nodes
While digital logic scales take advantage of the speed and area benefits of new process geometries, analog structures don’t scale as readily. See how the features of different architectures, including the successive approximation register (SAR) architecture, compare in advanced process nodes.

DesignWare ARC nSIM: Speed, Accuracy and Visibility – Instruction Set Simulation without Compromise!
Instruction set simulators (ISS) are vital tools for compiler, operating system and application development. In this article, learn how ARC nSIM is able to effectively meet designer’s performance and accuracy goals without compromise.

Executive Insights
Efficient Processor Solutions for Embedded Applications
Hear from Matt Gutierrez and Mike Thompson as they discuss industry trends in processor IP and the new ARC solution from Synopsys for embedded applications.

Standards
Light Bulbs, Lawyers and IP: Who’s Right?
In the world of semiconductors and EDA, “IP” is known to mean a pre-designed semiconductor block anywhere from RTL to transistors, but what does IP mean to non-semiconductor engineers and other industry people? Read about many interpretations as Yatin Trivedi cites references to IP in its various forms.

Synopsys Innovation Update
Latest News on Products, Technologies, Services and Solutions to Help Accelerate Your Innovation
Learn about some of the recent innovations Synopsys is providing its customers to help accelerate the development of better products sooner and more cost effectively.

Issue 2 - 2013

Industry Highlight
Embedded Vision: Systems That See and Understand
Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, provides a look into embedded vision and discusses the market potential for advanced applications of this innovative technology.

Technology Update
Developing Embedded Vision Systems
As embedded vision systems become more prevalent in today’s electronics, Synopsys is providing advanced solutions to help accelerate this innovative technology. Learn how Synopsys is helping design teams quickly meet their power, performance, and programmability goals when implementing these systems.

ProtoLink™ – The Innovative Simulation-like Debug Solution for Multi-FPGA SoC Prototype Systems
The complexity of modern SoC designs requires a comprehensive verification methodology. Learn how ProtoLink, an innovative simulation-like debug solution for multi-FPGA SoC prototype systems, can accelerate your verification process across all levels, from virtual platform to RTL simulation, emulation and FPGA-based prototyping.

Dolby MS11 Decoder for DesignWare ARC Audio Processors
Learn how Dolby's MS11 Multistream Decoder, optimized for the DesignWare ARC™ audio processors, enables designers to implement a certified solution in multimedia SoC designs.

DDR4 Bank Groups in Embedded Applications
Learn how to take advantage of DDR4 SDRAM bank groups to achieve lower system power and higher overall bandwidth for your designs.

Executive Insights
Give Me Vision! – Inspiring System Designers to Create Products That Can “See”
In this video interview, learn about embedded vision technology and its many capabilities in various markets, from consumer electronics to healthcare.

Synopsys Innovation Update
Latest News on Products, Technologies, Services and Solutions to Help Accelerate Your Innovation
Learn about some of the recent innovations Synopsys is providing its customers to help accelerate the development of better products sooner and more cost effectively.

Issue 1 - 2013

Partner Highlight
Multi-Gigahertz FPGA Signal Processing
Design teams from Xilinx and Synopsys know the importance of creating parallel architectures to accelerate signal processing applications on FPGA devices. In this article, learn how an FPGA clocked at 500MHz can support FFTs with gigasample per second data throughput rates.

Technology Update
Going 3D by Evolution Rather Than Revolution: 2.5D, 3D, 5.5D-IC and Beyond
3D-IC is one of today’s newest and most exciting technologies. In this article, Steve Smith, Senior Director of Marketing for 3D-IC Strategy at Synopsys, discusses how 3D-IC has become the technology for the future rather than the technology of the future.

Verdi3™ - The Industry’s Open Debug Platform
Learn how the open architecture of the Verdi3 system enables design and verification teams to accelerate their innovation by offering a fully integrated and predictable environment including out-of-the-box support for a wide range of leading simulators, emulators, FPGA-prototyping solutions, model checkers, formal analysis engines and virtual platforms.

Power-Area Tradeoffs for Parallel Signal Processing Architectures
Engineers working on datapath designs for high-speed signal processing must create architectures to meet the application’s performance and power needs. Learn how some of Synopsys’ signal processing flows can create and explore parallel architectures to address this challenge.

Creating Highly Reliable FPGA Designs
In this article, learn how Synopsys’ Synplify FPGA synthesis software can help engineers protect their FPGA designs from radiation-induced soft errors.

Embedded Memory Test & Repair at 20-nm Nodes and Below
Read how Synopsys’ DesignWare STAR Memory System 5 is designed to specifically address the design and manufacturing challenges at 20-nm and below technologies while meeting overall cost, quality, and schedule goals.

Executive Insights
SNUG – A Global Community Focused on Accelerating Innovation
In this video interview, Dave Reda, Sr. Director, Global Technical Services at Synopsys, has a conversation with the new Technical Chair for SNUG Silicon Valley, Jonah Probell, Senior Solutions Architect at Arteris. Tune in to learn about the 2013 global SNUG program.

Standards Column
Accelerating Innovation with Standards
Does innovation happen only when thinking outside the box? In this article, learn how standards help engineers accelerate innovation.

Synopsys Innovation Update
Latest News on Products, Technologies, Services and Solutions to Help Accelerate Innovation
Learn about some of the recent innovations Synopsys is providing its customers to help accelerate the development of better products sooner and more cost effectively.

Special Announcement
Synopsys’ ARC EM Starter Kit Accelerates Embedded Software Development
Learn how Synopsys’ easy-to-use ARC EM starter kit enables engineers to start writing, porting, debugging, and analyzing their critical code earlier in the design cycle to help accelerate innovation.