Major Drone Attack Against Global Oil Production Showcases Weak Cybersecurity Thinking

Major Drone Attack Against Global Oil Production Showcases Weak Cybersecurity Thinking
by Daniel Nenni on 09-17-2019 at 6:00 am

Drones attacked an oil processing facility last week and shut down half of all Saudi capacity, representing about 5% of the world’s daily oil production. We have seen how a botnet of compromised home appliances can take down a sizeable chunk of the internet, control structures of electricity and other critical infrastructures… Read More


Automatic Documentation Generation for RTL Design and Verification

Automatic Documentation Generation for RTL Design and Verification
by Daniel Nenni on 09-16-2019 at 10:00 am

Ask any hardware or software engineer working on a product, and they will tell you that writing documentation is a pain. Customers have high expectations for user manuals and reference guides, usually requiring a team of technical writers to satisfy their requirements. In order to meet time-to-market deadlines, documentation… Read More


More Actel Foundry Woes: Andy Grove and Intel

More Actel Foundry Woes: Andy Grove and Intel
by John East on 09-16-2019 at 6:00 am

The foundry problem continued to plague us at Actel.  We had a really complex process! But  —- we needed state of the art feature sizes if we were to compete with Xilinx.  TI and Matsushita had been doing a good job for us, but not in fabs with state of the art technology.  We were two process generations behind! At two generations… Read More


Radio: Relevant, Unifying, Intimate, Vulnerable

Radio: Relevant, Unifying, Intimate, Vulnerable
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-15-2019 at 10:00 am

It was hard to escape the notion while attending RadiodaysAsia2019  that the world is experiencing what can only be called “peak radio.” Radio has the widest audience reach of any content delivery medium anywhere in the world, with the possible exception of India, according to researchers such as Nielsen Media, Gfk, Rajar, Edison

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WEBINAR: Reusing Your IPs & PDKs Successfully With Cadence® Virtuoso®

WEBINAR: Reusing Your IPs & PDKs Successfully With Cadence® Virtuoso®
by Randy Smith on 09-13-2019 at 10:00 am

I recently wrote about a ClioSoft® study with Google on using cloud platforms for EDA design and the importance of using persistent storage when doing that. ClioSoft will again be sharing important information on design productivity in the upcoming webinar, Reusing Your IPs & PDKs Successfully With Cadence® Virtuoso®. … Read More


Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems

Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems
by Wally Rhines on 09-13-2019 at 6:00 am

Electronic design automation has evolved to an extent that the complex chips with tens of billions of transistors frequently produce first pass functional prototypes from the manufacturer.  What makes this so incredible is that such a small portion of the possible states of electronic operation are actually tested in the simulation… Read More


Advanced CMOS Technology 2019 (The 10/7/5 NM Nodes)

Advanced CMOS Technology 2019 (The 10/7/5 NM Nodes)
by Daniel Nenni on 09-12-2019 at 10:00 am

Our friends at Threshold Systems have a new class that may be of interest to you. It’s an updated version of the Advanced CMOS Technology class held last May. As part of the previous class we did a five part series on The Evolution of the Extension Implant which you can see on the Threshold Systems SemiWiki landing page HERE. And… Read More


Synopsys is First IP Provider with a Complete CXL Implementation Available

Synopsys is First IP Provider with a Complete CXL Implementation Available
by Randy Smith on 09-11-2019 at 12:00 pm

Synopsys just announced the availability of their IP solution supporting CXL (Compute Express Link). This new protocol is going to be an important component for several applications expected to be shipping starting in 2021. CXL is an alternate protocol that runs on the same physical layer as PCI Express (PCIe). Among other usages,… Read More


Ford Prioritizes Safety; Revolutionizes Connectivity

Ford Prioritizes Safety; Revolutionizes Connectivity
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-11-2019 at 10:00 am

Ford Motor Company’s debt may have been downgraded to junk this week, but the company’s savvy strategy for vehicle safety and connectivity has had an outsize influence on the broader automotive industry.  That is the takeaway message from this week’s ITS California gathering of transportation executives taking place in Los

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Tcling Your Way to Low Power Verification

Tcling Your Way to Low Power Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 09-11-2019 at 5:00 am

OK – maybe that sounds a little weird, but it’s not a bad description of what Mentor suggests in a recent white-paper. There are at least three aspects to power verification – static verification of the UPF and the UPF against the RTL, formal verification of state transition logic, and dynamic verification of at least some critical… Read More