|Making Software Better|
After years of warnings that software developers weren’t worrying about power, it’s time to step back and re-assess. Are we making progress?
Aug 11, 2014
|Raising the Abstraction of Power: Trends |
Given that design requirements for today’s SoCs go well beyond performance and area, energy efficiency and its impact on system design plays a major role for many end applications ranging from wireless sensor networks to autonomous vehicles as well as emerging applications in the Internet of Things market segment, where cooling capability is limited and expensive.
Jul 10, 2014
|Using Ethernet in Automotive Networks|
Will Ethernet become the dominant interconnect for automotive applications? A look at the market trends and standards, and how to use Ethernet IP and virtual-prototyping solutions in automotive applications.
Jul 09, 2014
|S-L Power Modeling Gains Steam |
A system-level power model would enable power architecture planning. EDA, IP and systems companies are coming together to determine where to go next.
Jun 12, 2014
|Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches|
The automotive market is facing tough challenges when it comes to recalls. It seems that every month (if not week) brings a long list of new recalls. It's not that recalls did not exist in the past, but it seems that their numbers, types, and obvious visibility through the media have significantly increased.
Jun 05, 2014
|Non-separation of Power and Performance|
How much power does a system consume? The simplistic path to power estimation for a system used to be tossing a few metrics – standby, typical, worst case, with figures pulled from a datasheet, simulation, or physical measurement – into a spreadsheet. After filling the remaining holes with SWAG (scientific wild-ass guesses), and summing things up, there was a bottom line.
Jun 04, 2014
|When and Where To Use Virtual Prototypes|
While it’s technically possible to create a virtual prototype that reflects an entire SoC, it isn’t always the best choice. Just because something is technically possible doesn’t always mean it should be done. This definitely holds true currently when it comes to virtual prototypes, which have gotten a lot of attention for their potential in the SoC design process—especially for concurrent software development.
May 22, 2014
|Architecting for Efficiency|
To design an SoC most efficiently, there are many considerations to keep in mind. By definition, to be efficient is to perform or function in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry. As this relates to SoC design today, achieving the highest level of efficiency is a challenge with many dimensions.
Apr 10, 2014
|Book review: “shift left” with virtual prototypes|
Synopsys has just released a new book titled “Better Software. Faster!” extolling the benefits of virtual prototyping for embedded software development. In a refreshing approach, editor Tom De Schutter has embedded software developers from companies across several industries tell the story of how they are succeeding with virtual prototyping. For those heavily involved in embedded software development or project management, those new to the idea of virtual prototyping, or management teams deeply interested in on-time delivery, this is a solid read.
Mar 26, 2014
|Synopsys’ ESL Power Analysis|
This article addresses the question, "what tools or methods do architects and developers have or should have to define a realistic power budget at the system level?" System-level tools for power-aware virtual prototyping and power-efficient programmable hardware design are available today, enabling architects and developers to define realistic power budgets for their SoC hardware and software much earlier in the development cycle.
Mar 18, 2014
|10 Must Knows About Virtual Prototypes|
What is a virtual prototype? Not all virtual prototypes are the same, not everyone defines them the same way, and not all of them work together. But they still can be very useful.
Feb 27, 2014
|Hardware-Software Rift Persists|
While the hardware and software teams really may not be getting closer together, or speak the same language, it is clear that systems depend on both to be successful.
Feb 13, 2014
|Communication Algorithms Challenge EDA|
EDA tools have evolved to support the rapid development of new communication algorithms and other improvements in the connected market.
Dec 17, 2013
|Powerful Software Optimization|
There are differing views on how to model software, but there is almost universal agreement that it is an increasingly vital part of the SoC design process.
Dec 05, 2013
|What’s Next for Power Optimization|
Most chipmakers do RTL power optimization today, but where are they in terms of the possible power savings and what comes next?
Dec 05, 2013
|New Architectures Redefining the Data Center|
Different software approaches and more granularity in processing are changing information technology. 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
|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