|New Architectures Redefining The Data Center|
The cost of powering and cooling data centers, coupled with a better understanding of how enterprise-level applications can utilize hardware more effectively, are spawning a new wave of changes inside of data centers.
Sep 26, 2013
|How to Design an LTE Modem|
Designing an LTE modem is an interesting case study in architectural and system level design because it is pretty much on the limit of what is possible in a current process node such as 28nm.
Sep 16, 2013
|Debugging with Virtual Prototypes|
This is the first of a series of articles on using virtual prototyping to debug embedded software. The articles that follow will focus on case studies that illustrate both techniques and advantages. This article reviews the main challenges in software debug and the context in which virtual prototypes (VPs) can be used.
Sep 10, 2013
|Software Impact Grows|
As the number of processors and processor cores increase in SoC, so does the amount of software. But unlike hardware, which grows linearly, software frequently grows exponentially.
Aug 22, 2013
|Hardware Accelerators Earn Their Keep|
Hardware accelerators have been used for years, but with the proliferation of multicore chips and SoCs their use is evolving. Multicore processors have reduced the reliance on hardware accelerators, but that doesn't mean the number of hardware accelerators is shrinking.
Aug 01, 2013
|Advanced Fault Injection Methods for Safety Critical Systems|
ISO 26262 is a functional safety standard that replaces the older and more generic IEC 61508 standard for passenger vehicles. ISO 26262 addresses hazards caused by malfunctioning behavior of electric and electronic safety related systems.
The standard provides a well-defined, automotive-specific safety life cycle. It also provides an automotive-specific, risk-based approach focused on automotive safety integrity levels, ASIL. Finally, ISO 26262 provides requirements and recommended methods for validation of the safety levels.
Jul 26, 2013
|Workload-tuned cores seeing greater interest|
Optimizing the instruction set and RTL of a design implements the exact resources necessary, and minimizes power consumption by omitting unnecessary functional blocks from the core. Processor Designer brings several toolsets together into a single environment to aid in understanding the underlying workload in data and compute intensive algorithms like vision, and tuning a core appropriately to get the job done.
Jun 30, 2013
|You can tune a piano, but you can't tune a cache without help|
Why protocol analysis is important in the system architecture and verification process - not just during the design of compliant IP blocks - and what to look for in performance verification of an SoC design.
May 30, 2013
|Delivering Virtual Microcontroller Models to Tier 1 and OEM Development Teams|
As virtual prototypes are becoming part of the automotive Tier 1 and OEM development flows, Marc Serughetti, Synopsys, explains how the availability of virtual microcontroller models is becoming essential, and how Synopsys is working with automotive semiconductor companies to provide them.
May 15, 2013
|Lessons Learned In 4G LTE|
While 4G LTE has moved into the mainstream, there are lessons to be learned about these very complex modems, especially from the perspective of balancing power and performance.
May 09, 2013
|Advanced Virtualization Tools for Development of Automotive Applications: Synopsys|
In the automotive industry, millions of lines of code must be written, tested and thoroughly debugged to ensure that new vehicles meet performance requirements and buyer expectations. Due to tight production schedules, complex software must be developed before the actual hardware becomes available. Synopsys, a Renesas technology partner and a global leader in EDA tools and semiconductor IP, helps system engineers overcome this challenge.
Apr 29, 2013
|So, Just What Is ESL?|
The challenges now facing semiconductor companies are huge, and they don't stop with complexity. In tiny geometries, with as many as tens of millions of gates, today's SOCs are likely to be multicore and to have on them up to 100 IP blocks. The clincher, though, is that despite all that complexity, silicon has become almost a commodity with software having become the differentiator.
Mar 11, 2013
|SoC Architects Face Big Challenges|
While the geometries of advanced node processes such as 28nm and below may not greatly impact SoC architectures, the complexity enabled by the leading edge brings intense challenges all the same.
Jan 31, 2013
|Virtualizer Development Kits: Fast Track to DesignWare IP Software Prototyping |
This article will introduce how Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs) enable software prototyping and bring up for DesignWare IP. The article will illustrate the innovative board level VDK construction concept which overcomes the typical hurdle of creating a virtual prototype and introduces how VDKs sit in the comfort zone of embedded software developers by leveraging a wide embedded software ecosystem for ARM’s Versatile Express reference board and enables standard 3rd party debug tools. The specific VDK software enablement capabilities for Synopsys' DesignWare IP will be explained by means of interface peripherals such as MMC, GMAC, USB and I2C.
Jan 29, 2013
|Prediction for 2013 - Technology|
We will see an increase in embedded vision technology, making machines see and understand their environment. Computer vision algorithms have been a long standing research topic and now they make their way into embedded devices thanks to increased embedded processor performance.
Jan 03, 2013
|Software Testing for Safety-critical Automotive Systems|
The automotive industry faces a significant challenge: to release cars with zero software defects. The number of recalls and redesigns due to software problems illustrates the magnitude of the challenge – they have grown exponentially over the last decade. There are major economic implications for manufacturers since the cost of recalling a vehicle can be huge, especially when the issue affects the integrity of the brand. - Victor Reyes, Synopsys
Dec 17, 2012
|Ten Technologies that Will Change the World in 2013|
Virtual prototypes allow designers to save development time as well as cut costs. Synopsys Virtualizer' creates VPs from its EDA model libraries and block-creation flows. VPs are then submitted to Synopsys' hardware/software analysis tools to verify SoC performance.
Dec 03, 2012
|Android hardware-software design using virtual prototypes - Part 2: Building a sensor subsystem|
In the second of a three-part series of articles on virtual prototyping, Achim Nohl explains how to use the Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) and describes the hardware/software integration flow for a sensor subsystem for use in an Android mobile device.
Nov 07, 2012
|ARM-based Android hardware-software design using virtual prototypes - Part 1: Why virtualize?|
In the first in a three part Product How-To series on virtual prototyping, Achim Nohl describes how to use the Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) to do early prototyping. He also explains how to do full software integration of handset hardware in the context of the Android software platform.
Oct 27, 2012
|30 years of DSP: From a child's toy to 4G and beyond|
Dec 18, 2011, marked the 25th anniversary of EDA provider Synopsys Inc, which has been both witness to and participant in the evolution of signal processing.
Aug 27, 2012
|Being Different Is Bad|
Today's SoCs contain as much as 80% existing IP that either has been re-used from previous projects or obtained from a third party. Models are created of this hardware IP, as well as new portions of the design, in order to create a virtual prototype that allows the engineering team to see the complete system by running software and applications.
Aug 23, 2012
|Early Optimization of Multicore SoC Architectures Using System-level Design Methods and NoC Interconnect Technology|
Learn how one can use system-level design methods at the earliest stages of SoC design to determine the optimal interconnect configuration that meets a set of performance goals and system constraints. With a system-level environment like Synopsys Platform Architect and configurable SoC interconnect IP like Arteris FlexNoC, it is possible to quickly create and run multiple simulations that explore and optimize possible configurations.
Aug 20, 2012
|Software Testing for Safety-Critical Systems|
Virtual prototypes provide complete frameworks to create advanced fault-injection scenarios, which are non-intrusive, run faster and offer more control and visibility than traditional methods. Victor Reyes, Synopsys, explains their relevance to new safety-critical standards like ISO 26262.
Aug 01, 2012
|The Trouble With Models|
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 refinement and re-using models across multiple use cases is starting to gain a lot of interest.
Jun 28, 2012