Your design data deserve to be managed Design How-To 3/25/2008 Post a comment With design complexities increasing and development spread across multiple groups, often in different places, efficient management and synchronization of design data for integrated circuits (ICs) is becoming vital to successful tapeouts.
Software-Defined Radio Platforms Design How-To 3/24/2008 Post a comment A team at IMEC recently took the design complexity hurdle. They designed and demonstrated an SDR on MPSoCs, using advanced methods such as electronic system-level (ESL) design and co-emulation.
Chip design lacks system predictability Design How-To 3/21/2008 Post a comment Historically, semiconductor devices were developed to perform a single, well-understood function. Those containing a processor were designed to provide the processor with everything needed to perform that single function.
Design for Low-Power Manufacturing Test Design How-To 3/18/2008 Post a comment The very process of testing digital circuits routinely increases their dynamic power consumption to levels far exceeding their power specification. The best way to avoid test power problems is to incorporate power-aware testing techniques in the design-for-test (DFT) process.
Quality simulation speeds turnaround Design How-To 3/18/2008 Post a comment >Life changed for integrated circuit designers at process technology nodes below 100 nanometers. For a long time, it was estimated that an IC development project consumes more time in verification than in design.
IP Adventures in EDA Blog 3/13/2008 Post a comment By their own actions in the last few weeks, Mentor, Magma, and Cadence, have reopened the debate on whether or not IP belongs in EDA. Their answers respectively are: no, yes, and "on my own terms".
Synopsys finds second home in Armenia News & Analysis 3/13/2008 Post a comment EDA tool developer Synopsys Corp has established itself as a dominant technology company in Armenia by setting up the largest R&D center in the country and deeply integrating into the university system.
DATE - Design, Automation and Test in Europe News & Analysis 3/13/2008 Post a comment DATE: Europe's annual design automation and test conference and exhibition took place in Munich and lived up to its reputation for a system-level focus - including embedded software. Here are some stories from the event.
Getting More Test for Less Design How-To 3/11/2008 Post a comment In the world of IC manufacturing test, new types of defects continue to develop with newer fabrication processes and materials. These developments have led to an explosion in the amount of test data volume required and the amount of test time needed for testing each IC during manufacturing test. The article covers new fault models and test compression techniques.
FPGA-based prototyping grows up Design How-To 3/10/2008 Post a comment ASIC, ASSP and SoC development is, and will always be, a risky and expensive business. Add to this the fact that today functional verification constitutes 50 to 70 percent of the development effort, and it becomes obvious that traditional verification methodologies are no longer by themselves sufficient to keep up with growing design complexities and shrinking design cycles.
Ansoft Release Improves Key Products Product News 3/7/2008 Post a comment Ansoft Corporation has released new versions of Nexxim®, the company's high-capacity circuit simulation software, and Ansoft Designer®, its
integrated schematic and design management software
EVE Unveils ZeBu-Personal Product News 3/7/2008 Post a comment EVE will demonstrate its new ZeBu-Personal product for system-on-chip (SoC) hardware verification and software development during DATE.
Standards advance for virtual prototyping News & Analysis 3/6/2008 Post a comment Proponents of virtual prototyping as the next wave in system and software development are driving toward standards in SystemC and other areas so tools and simulation models from various suppliers work together, but the field is still evolving rapidly with some new players such as startup Imperas yet to release products.
Creating a Market Blog 3/4/2008 Post a comment On Monday Imperas announced that it is providing some high-level processor models, APIs for building platform verification infrastructure and developing behavioral and processor models, and OVPSim, a reference simulator.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 5 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...