Reasoning and Planning as the Next Big Thing in AI

Reasoning and Planning as the Next Big Thing in AI
by Bernard Murphy on 12-20-2023 at 6:00 am

Arithmetic min

When I search for ‘what is the next big thing in AI?’ I find a variety of suggestions around refining and better productizing what we already know. Very understandable for any venture aiming to monetize innovation in the near term, but I am more interested in where AI can move outside the box, to solve problems well outside the purview… Read More


When Will Structured Assembly Cross the Chasm?

When Will Structured Assembly Cross the Chasm?
by Bernard Murphy on 12-13-2023 at 6:00 am

Trends in assembly min

First, a quick definition. By “structured assembly,” I mean the collection of tools to support IP packaging with standardized interfaces, SoC integration based on those IPs together with bus fabric and other connectivity hookups, register definition and management in support of hardware/software interface definition, Read More


5G Aim at LEO Satellites Will Stimulate Growth and Competition

5G Aim at LEO Satellites Will Stimulate Growth and Competition
by Bernard Murphy on 12-07-2023 at 6:00 am

satellite min

Low earth orbit (LEO) satellites as an intermediary for communication became hot when Elon Musk announced Starlink (yeah, other options were available, but Elon Musk). This capability extends internet availability to remote areas and notably (for a while) to Ukraine in support of the war with Russia. Satellites can in principle… Read More


Building Reliability into Advanced Automotive Electronics

Building Reliability into Advanced Automotive Electronics
by Bernard Murphy on 12-05-2023 at 6:00 am

Automotive reliability min

Those of you who have been in the industry for a little while will remember that the recipe for reliable electronics in cars (and other vehicles) used to be simple. Stick to old (like 10 years old) and well-proven processes and tweak rather than tear up and restart well-proven designs to the greatest extent possible. Because incrementing… Read More


ML-Guided Model Abstraction. Innovation in Verification

ML-Guided Model Abstraction. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 11-29-2023 at 6:00 am

Innovation New

Formal methods offer completeness in proving functionality but are difficult to scale to system level without abstraction and cannot easily incorporate system aspects outside the logic world such as in cyber-physical systems (CPS). Paul Cunningham (Senior VP/GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst,… Read More


Synopsys.ai Ups the AI Ante with Copilot

Synopsys.ai Ups the AI Ante with Copilot
by Bernard Murphy on 11-27-2023 at 10:00 am

Synopsys.ai Stack 111623

Last week Synopsys announced their next step in generative AI (GenAI) in Synopsys.ai Copilot based on a collaboration with Microsoft. This integrates Azure OpenAI together with existing Synopsys.ai GenAI capabilities to extend Copilot concepts to the EDA world. For those of you unfamiliar with Copilot, this is a development… Read More


Cadence Integrates Power Integrity Analysis and Fix into Design

Cadence Integrates Power Integrity Analysis and Fix into Design
by Bernard Murphy on 11-21-2023 at 6:00 am

Voltus Insight AI min

As integration levels increase, clock frequencies rise, and feature sizes shrink it is not surprising that all or most aspects of semiconductor design become more complex and demand more from design technologies. One example where the traditional approach is breaking down is in optimizing power distribution networks (PDNs)… Read More


Accelerating Development for Audio and Vision AI Pipelines

Accelerating Development for Audio and Vision AI Pipelines
by Bernard Murphy on 11-15-2023 at 6:00 am

AI pipeline min

I wrote previously that the debate over which CPU rules the world (Arm versus RISC-V) somewhat misses the forest for the trees in modern systems. This is nowhere more obvious that in intelligent audio and vision: smart doorbells, speakers, voice activated remotes, intelligent earbuds, automotive collision avoidance, self-parking,… Read More


Synopsys Debuts RISC-V IP Product Families

Synopsys Debuts RISC-V IP Product Families
by Bernard Murphy on 11-08-2023 at 6:00 am

Synopsys ARC V family min

Synopsys has just announced that it has expanded its ARC processor portfolio to include a family of RISC-V processors. These will be branded under the ARC name as ARC-V and are expected to become available in 2024. This is a significant announcement which I attempt to unpack briefly below.

Why add RISC-V to the portfolio and why now?

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A Fast Path to Better ARC PPA through Fusion Quickstart Implementation Kits and DSO.AI

A Fast Path to Better ARC PPA through Fusion Quickstart Implementation Kits and DSO.AI
by Bernard Murphy on 11-07-2023 at 6:00 am

QIK+DSO.AI flow

Synopsys recently presented a webinar on using their own software to optimize one of their own IPs (an ARC HS68 processor) for both performance and power through what looks like a straightforward flow from initial configuration through first level optimization to more comprehensive AI-driven PPA optimization. Also of note … Read More