Verification Platform for Complex Designs Design How-To 12/31/2007 Post a comment In this article the challenges faced in verifying today's complex designs are discussed. Along with, the corresponding advancements required in verification products and techniques to overcome these issues have been suggested.
Get research out of development Blog 12/26/2007 Post a comment An engineer is a professional that uses available tools to develop the best possible solution to a problem. A scientist is a professional that explores new possibilities within a given field with the goal of creating new engineering tools.
Understanding Clock Domain Crossing Issues Design How-To 12/24/2007 7 comments In today's complex system on chip (SoC) designs, multiple clocks have become the norm. Thus, clock domain crossings (CDCs) are an integral part of any SoC. The main problems which can occur in a clock domain crossing are metastability, data loss and data incoherency. In this paper, we discuss all these issues for different types of synchronous and asynchronous clock domain crossings.
Free DSP cores! Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 12/17/2007 Post a comment Structured ASIC company eASIC now offers Tensilica cores free of charge. If you have a medium-volume app, you should check this out.
Achieving Yield in the Nanometer Age Design How-To 12/17/2007 Post a comment Designers and manufacturers are two sides of the same team, sharing a common goal " yield. To win out, they need to align their strategies, their skills and their knowledge, and work together to overcome the challenges. That's the way the game is played in the nanometer era.
ARC configures a design flow for system-on-chip Design How-To 12/12/2007 Post a comment Configurable cores and subsystems developer ARC International (St. Albans, England) has developed and is refining a systems development platform that it says will change the way mobile multimedia systems are being designed.
Tensilica enhances Xtensa cores and tools Product News 12/11/2007 Post a comment Tensilica has shrunken the minimum core size of its Xtensa 7 and Xtensa LX2 configurable processor families. It has also enhanced the Xtensa Xplorer design environment to make customization easier and faster.
MATLAB to C showdown Signal Processing DesignLine Blog 12/11/2007 Post a comment Catalytic MCS and Embedded MATLAB both generate C from MATLAB, but there are big differences between the products. Here's the scoop.
ATopTech Releases Aprisa Product News 12/10/2007 Post a comment Aprisa is a netlist-to-GDSII physical design solution that includes floorplanning, placement, clock tree synthesis (CTS), global routing, and detailed routing.
Virtually every ASIC ends up an FPGA Design How-To 12/7/2007 Post a comment Because more than 90 percent of all ASICs today are either partially or completely prototyped in FPGAs before tape-out, the question is no longer whether to implement an IC design as an ASIC, or as an FPGA. To meet the demands of today's markets, most design teams must do both.
Using DFM Routing to Impact Design Performance and Yield Design How-To 12/4/2007 Post a comment As design teams continue to drive forward with the use of advanced process technologies there has been much discussion about the use of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) techniques and questions about the real usefulness and effectiveness of DFM. This paper describes an experiment conducted to establish the quantitative performance and yield impact of proactively using DFM techniques during the routing of a design.
MATLAB-to-C tool get major upgrade Product News 12/3/2007 Post a comment Catalytic's MATLAB-to-C tool can now generate C code for over 300 MATLAB functions, including functions from the signal processing, communications, imaging, and math toolboxes.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.