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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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