What do people in the EDA and semiconductor industries expect to happen in 2013? This clearly establishes the directions that they intend to focus on and where they will place their dollars...
Michiel Ligthart - president and COO, Verific Design Automation
IP management and integration within a design flow has become more and
more prevalent. As semiconductor companies cannot find off the shelf
tools that fit their needs, they will develop these tools themselves.
The trend will continue through 2013.
Ken Karnofsky - senior strategist for signal processing applications, MathWorks
will increasingly rely on tools to model and simulate smart devices and
systems using methods that span traditional engineering disciplines,
and will base their development process on those system models. Leading
companies already use these methods to optimize design choices, improve
collaboration across development teams, and eliminate waste in their
Brad Quinton - chief architect, Tektronix
FPGA based verification technologies: ASIC
Prototyping, emulation, etc. will become much more capable in a large
part because of the extremely large capacity of the Virtex-7 2000T FPGA. In
a different direction, SystemVerilog will be considered completely
mainstream and users will no longer distinguish between Verilog and
SystemVerilog, and SystemVerilog will become "Verilog".
Dr. Raik Brinkmann - President and Chief Executive Officer, OneSpin Solutions
2013, the focus by the electronics and EDA community will remain on
verification, which may not be surprising given how much of a project
schedule is set aside for verification.
verification is becoming a matter of life and death, especially when
SoCs are part of safety critical applications, such as steer-by-wire or
other driver-assisted systems. Verification must not only be seen as a
means to save cost by saving respins or mask sets, or improving
time-to-market. It should be viewed as the way to ensure design
correctness. No one can afford bugs in the field any longer, even if the
device is reprogrammable. Any safety-critical SoC will have to rely on
thorough verification of individual blocks, their integration as well as
on trustworthy flows into silicon.
As a result,
state-of-the-art verification technologies typical for ASIC SoC design
flows will be adopted by the FPGA community. Formal technologies, such
as formal assertion-based verification and formal logic and sequential
equivalence checking, will become as important in the FPGA segment as
they are already in the ASIC world.
Let’s not overlook ASICs.
The complexity of ASIC designs will continue into 2013 and beyond and
will need as much functional verification coverage as before. In fact,
it may need even more.
Andreas Veneris - Chief Executive Officer, Vennsa Technologies
do foresee solid growth in the debug sector. 2012 was the year of
“debug amalgamation” where the EDA community publicly acknowledged that
on the flip side of the verification burden, there is fast-growing debug
pain. Being an emerging sector of significant market value size,
debugging today offers tangible opportunities for novel, standalone
solutions to present alternatives and promote competition. It also
offers opportunities for companies to add vertical solutions to existing
product lines to generate incremental revenues and for product
2013 may be a tough year for the global
economy if the Oracle is true, but the verification and debug space
within EDA will continue to be strong.
Marc Serughetti - Director of Business Development, System Level Solutions, Synopsys
The Virtual Prototyping tool market will be evolving along two major areas
first area is a more traditional modeling toolset with IP model
libraries, these tools will continue to evolve toward making the
creation of virtual prototype easier and faster. This includes making IP
model library more widely available, continuous simulator performance
improvement, etc …
- The second area is the out of the box virtual
prototyping solution for software developer (VDKs with pre built
virtual prototypes), we will see more VDKs becoming available which can
be directly used by software developers without requiring any modeling
effort. Virtual Prototyping becoming a software tools (rather than an
EDA like modeling tool only)
As a result we will see an increase in integration of virtual prototypes with other technologies. In particular:
of system will be expanding to be more representative of a complete
system including digital hardware, software, analog, mechanical system,
so we will see more integration starting to happen between different
- More integration with tools participating in the software development tool flow will appear.
will also start to see the emergence of more post silicon use cases.
These use cases may be more prominent in some markets, for example fault
and coverage testing in safety critical application.
Michael Sanie - Director of Verification Product Marketing, Synopsys
are growing in unprecedented complexity, combining multi-processors,
cache-coherence, sophisticated interface protocols, advanced low power
techniques and embedded software. In 2013, the industry will explore new
levels of verification integration and productivity. Building
on what the industry has already achieved with SystemVerilog, UVM,
next-generation verification IP, native low power simulation and other
advancements, SoC design and verification teams will continue to
increase their use of complex testbenches, coverage planning and
management, and debug for their block and subsystem-level verification. In
order to achieve even higher levels of productivity, project teams must
move beyond block and subsystem verification and focus more on full SoC
verification. To enable this emphasis, expect simulation, acceleration,
emulation, formal and debug technologies will begin to integrate in new
Performance, capacity and debug will continue to pose the largest challenges for the verification of complex SoCs. Market and competitive pressures, however, are adding a new challenge into the verification mix: managing verification schedule and its predictability. To
manage resources, cost and schedule, project teams must now employ a
number of verification technologies, all critical to completion of the
overall mission. 2013 will mark the beginning of a
transition to a super-platform of these technologies combined with
unified coverage planning and management, as well as unified debug. Not
only will this platform allow these relatively discrete verification
technologies to work together and offer higher productivity, but it will
also enable seamless and efficient transitions from one technology to
another and back again, thereby making verification schedules much more
manageable and predictable.
Prasad Paranjpe - Galaxy Platform Marketing Manager, Synopsys
of the new physical characteristics can be optimized only if EDA
software is aware of all the physical ramifications. This will require
even closer collaboration with both customers and foundries to implement
practical working flows.
Physical awareness across traditional
boundaries results in several benefits throughout the flow. In the past,
your phone and calendar were physically separate. Now that both are in a
single device your phone does not need to ring if you are in a meeting. In
a similar manner a single integrated implementation system can and
should be aware of manufacturing constraints or DRC limitations and be
able to use the same database to ensure that placement and routing will
match foundry rules. The same technology saves time during an ECO not
only by making sure that any changes conform to the rules but also by
limiting the analysis to the affected region. Conversely, on the front
end, RTL designers can provide initial floor plan constraints and
placement to seed place and route tools while the placer or router can
provide more detailed results that can be used to synthesize more
efficient logic. More designers will take advantage of integrated flows
such as In-Design physical verification.
Design costs that meet
these goals will climb even higher in 2013. By implication, any
successful design will require large production volumes in order to be
cost effective. Designers will need to spin multiple designs from the
same basic IP that serve more than one market with varying
power/performance profiles. There are more than enough transistors on an
SoC to handle almost any compute task. It is a matter of what
performance for a given amount of power. These multiple designs could be
hard re-spins or handled in software with different profiles or
architecturally woven into the system.
All of drivers point to an
even closer collaboration between the EDA industry, foundries, and
design teams to deliver working flows which span the range from initial
design all the way through to manufacturing, test and packaging.
Cary Chin, director of technical marketing, low power solutions, Synopsys
- IC – big move to FinFET configurations for lower power and higher performance
- Tools gradually move toward low power “understanding” rather than just low power “aware”