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The evolution of design methodology

James Hogan
11/24/2010 05:40 PM EST

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DKC   12/1/2010 5:01:41 PM
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I would say I'm mostly in agreement with you Jim. However I would also say that programming multicore/AMP/embedded machines requires a break with traditional programming methods and a move to asynchronous-FSM methods which to a large extent will look very similar to hardware design (at a level above RTL). So hardware and software design will (IMO) merge into a single methodology (at least for digital design), and the open-source tools that are used in the software development world will invade what is currently known as ESL in the EDA world. The awkward part of the equation is all that analog stuff - power-management, RF, precision measurement etc. - that hasn't been integrated into the SoC flows yet, and doesn't look anything like software. It doesn't really have much support in the plug-and-play world of re-uasble IP. http://parallel.cc

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Robotics Developer   11/27/2010 2:50:07 AM
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Nice replay of the IC industry! I wonder how the untold part of system design/integration will evolve going forward. Testing features/functions (whether implemented in hardware or software)is a significant value add to realizing a finished product ready for shipment. The EDA industry and the systems houses struggle to speed up the process and provide enough coverage with the increasing complexity of devices that comprise systems today.

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DrFPGA   11/27/2010 1:01:06 AM
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As systems become more complex the typical hardware design engineer becomes more of an 'integrator' than a designer. They will piece together the various components and IP to create the base system. If software is where the 'differentiation' comes from the hardware becomes less important and standard platforms should emerge with the mix of components needed for key applications. The processor, DSP and FPGA elements will then just be used to run the software.

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krisi   11/26/2010 3:15:38 PM
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Great summary of IC industry evolution! Crisp and clear. We need more posts like this, looking forward to second part. Jim: I am editing a book on ICs. Would you be interested in expanding your text to small book chapter? kris.iniewski@gmail.com

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Harish.Chauhan   11/26/2010 10:43:34 AM
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Hats off to Jim!! This gem could have come only from genius like him. Thanks very much for such a wonderful post.

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elctrnx_lyf   11/26/2010 10:35:59 AM
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Thanks Hogan for such a comprehensive article clearly descrbing the shift in the business of semiconductor from the evolution of the technology. Now the majority of the firms are concentrating to come out with the IP that can be building block of the future semiconductor products. I vision a future where many companies will become fabless who will integrate the available IP's and verify, the manufacturing of semiconductor will become more standardised and the manufacturing companies like TSMC, Global Foundaries will serve the needs of the fabless companies.

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