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, Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group, presents a look at the market and technology trends that are influencing the growth and direction of the semiconductor IP market. Also, learn from several Synopsys experts on the latest advancements in our growing lineup of IP solutions, including PCI Express 4.0, ARC APEX and Verification IP.

 

Issue 3 - 2014

Industry Insights
Shaping the Semiconductor IP Landscape
Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group, presents a look at the market and technology trends that are influencing the growth and direction of the semiconductor IP market.

Customer Highlight
Designing Application-Specific Processors for Wireless Baseband SoCs
Traditional SoC architectures are unable to support the performance and power demands of software defined radio (SDR). Learn how imec, Fujitsu and ICT have used Synopsys' ASIP design tools to support their SDR projects.

Executive Insights
Collaborating to Accelerate Innovation
In this video, hear Aart de Geus introduce Synopsys' new Customer Gallery. We invite you to browse through the gallery to see the amazing innovations our customers deliver.

Technology Updates
PCI Express 4.0 IP Design & Integration Challenges
The latest 16 GT/s bit rate PCI Express standard poses key challenges to design teams implementing this latest technology. Read about Synopsys’ solution to solve these challenges.

Hierarchical Test for Complex SoC Designs
Learn how test teams, product engineers and system architects can all benefit from unified automated, hierarchical test for complex SoC designs.

Using ARC APEX Technology to Build a Tightly-Coupled Embedded System
Embedded systems increasingly require higher performance to complete more complex tasks within deeply embedded processors. Learn how designers can take advantage of the superior performance of a 32-bit processor while maintaining the area and low power benefits of an 8-bit microcontroller architecture.

Accelerating Verification Closure with Next-Generation Verification IP Technologies
Around 70% of engineering resources involved in taping out a complex SoC is spent on verification, with half of that time consumed by debug. Discover how verification teams can use Verification IP (VIP) to enable block-level IP-to-SoC reuse and create stronger links across the entire verification flow.

Standards
EDA and IP Interoperability Symposium - Does The Industry Need One?
If your design flow is not flawless, you are fighting interoperability problems among tools, IP blocks and standards. Yatin Trivedi explains these challenges so you can focus more energy on your design.

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 2 - 2014

Industry Insights
Consumers — Continuing to Push Innovation in Design, Verification, and Manufacturing
Jim McGregor, principal analyst with TIRIAS Research, explains how the globalization of consumer markets is redefining business models within the semiconductor industry and what this means for design and verification teams looking to accelerate innovation in their markets.

Customer Highlight
Next Wave of Innovation in Verification Technology Must Come from Integration
Warren Stapleton, senior fellow, verification methodology, AMD, outlines how the next boost to verification productivity will come from the integration of multiple strategies and tools.

Executive Insights
Addressing Complex SoCs with Advanced Verification Solutions
In this video interview, hear from Dave DeMaria, vice president of marketing, Verification Group, Synopsys, as he discusses the challenges and solutions to today’s most advanced and complex SoCs.

New IP Accelerated Initiative: Redefining the IP Supplier Paradigm
Watch as Joachim Kunkel, senior VP & GM, Synopsys, and John Koeter, VP of marketing, Synopsys, discuss how Synopsys’ IP Accelerated initiative delivers solutions that address designers’ pain points during IP implementation, software development and IP integration.

Introducing IC Compiler II
View Dr. Antun Domic, executive VP and GM, Synopsys, introduce Synopsys’ new place and route system, IC Compiler II, and how this new solution offers un-paralleled improvements in throughput, opening the door to a world of new possibilities in physical design.

Technology Updates
Accelerating Verification — 'Shift Left' for Faster Time-to-Market
Discover what it will take to verify the next generation of SoCs and shift the verification productivity curve ‘left’ on the time axis, enabling teams to find more bugs earlier.

IP Accelerated Initiative Redefines What Customers Can Expect from IP Providers
Learn how Synopsys is helping customers integrate bigger, more complex IP blocks into their SoCs faster with the new IP Accelerated Initiative.

LPDDR4 for a Better Power/Performance Balance
Read about Synopsys’ new DesignWare® LPDDR4 IP, which offers design teams a complete, high-performance and low-power DRAM solution for the latest mobile devices.

Faster Prototyping with ProtoCompiler
To achieve first silicon success, design teams need a way to validate the system and hardware-software integration. Learn how Synopsys’ new ProtoCompiler software accelerates time to first prototype and decreases runtimes from hours to minutes.

Automating ASIC to FPGA Design Conversion for FPGA-Based Prototyping
Learn how design teams can use Synopsys’ Synplify Premier, Certify and ProtoCompiler software to automate the conversion process from ASIC to FPGA, ensuring that verification and software engineers have access to the latest version of the design for prototyping.

Standards
Coming Attractions — New Working Groups for Low Power Standards
Architects, SoC designers and verification engineers working on low power designers are familiar with the United Power Format standard. Read about two new working groups that will assist in the development of low power standards.

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 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.