|First Time Success And Cost Control|
Experts at the table, part 1: Panelists discuss the impact that IoT will have on tools and methodologies and the role of system-level tools.
Feb 26, 2015
|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
|ASIC Prototypes Take the Express Lane for Faster System Validation|
Demand for earlier availability of ASIC prototypes during a SoC design project is increasing because of the effort and cost to develop software drivers, firmware, and applications. Industry surveys show that design teams now spend up to 50% of engineering budget on software development. This urgency is pushing commercial vendors of FPGA-based prototypes to field products that can demonstrate improved productivity for the engineers that are responsible for hardware/software integration and system validation. This article examines the state-of-the-art in FPGA-based prototyping tools and the benefits they deliver.
Feb 12, 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
|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.
Jan 27, 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
|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
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 09, 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
|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