Who Pays for EDA Shift Left?
The industry is changing and more information is flying around at an ever-faster pace. It is intended to reduce costs for semiconductor companies, but who is footing the bill?
Feb 12, 2015

With Responsibility Comes Power
Who is responsible for ensuring a chip is within its power budget and are they being given the tools to do the job?
Feb 12, 2015

A Few Questions on… FPGA-based Prototyping Software Tools
Did we say “a few”? Who’s counting? We just know the topic range here spans everything from what designers ready to work on PCIe 4.0 projects should know to SoCs and design partitioning to whether FPGAs’ reputation for being difficult to program is warranted.
Feb 03, 2015

Automotive System Design Challenges
As the automotive OEM pulls design and subsystem integration in-house, EDA may have an important role to play given its strengths in simulation and modeling technologies and the potential use in fault-testing and reliability in the automotive space—for hardware as well as software. The methodology of automotive development needs to change and evolve, and new tools need to be deployed to address these issues. Where better to apply the decades of EDA expertise and technology?
Jan 29, 2015

The Various Faces of IP Modeling
Given their complexity, the vast majority of today’s SoC designs contain a high number of third party IP components. These can be developed outside the company or by another division of the same company. In general they present the same type of obstacle to easy integration and require a model or multiple types of models in order to minimize the integration cost in the final design.
Jan 23, 2015

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.
Jan 19, 2015

Designing for Automotive
As the electronic content inside of cars continues to rise, so do the concerns about how reliable those components will be.
Jan 15, 2015

IP Power Models Enable Energy-Aware System-Level Design
The way a platform is used determines how much energy it consumes, requiring a holistic approach to energy management. Energy efficiency is one of the primary design metrics for heterogeneous multi-core mobile platforms, and the very real threat of dark silicon reinforces the fact that we must manage energy consumption in these platforms intelligently.
Dec 04, 2014

Virtual Prototyping Takes Off
More cores and clusters complicate every side of the design through verification flow. What is the impact of black-box IP?
Dec 04, 2014

Dev Tool Knowledge: Must for Automotive Engineers
Virtual hardware prototyping provides engineers the ability to simulate digital hardware for the purpose of developing, integrating and testing automotive system software. Such tasks as complex driver development, multicore software development, AUTOSAR software development, functional safety test development, validation, and execution can be performed more efficiently in the virtual hardware prototyping environments.
Dec 02, 2014

Are More Cores Really Better?
The effects of one architectural change on hardware, software and the design flow have far-reaching consequences. Adding a second processing core adds untold complexity.
Nov 06, 2014

Are Models Holding Back New Methodologies
Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the state of the industry for modeling at abstractions above RTL, a factor which has delayed adoption of Virtual Prototype and the proliferation of system-level design and hardware/software codesign.
Oct 28, 2014

Software First?
The emphasis on battery life in wearable electronics, including always-on sensors, and the cost of powering and cooling racks of servers inside of data centers, are beginning to impact the formula for designing systems. Power is now a critical design element, but it’s also one of the most stubborn to tackle.
Oct 10, 2014

Testing for Security: Key to Automotive Development
Safety and security are key concerns in the automotive industry, driving supplier and OEM companies to ensure the reliability and safety of private and commercial vehicles. Sharing best-practices and experiences when it comes to security will be essential to making the future of vehicle security a success.
Sep 04, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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