The Internet of Challenges Bumps Along

The Internet of Challenges Bumps Along
by Bernard Murphy on 11-18-2015 at 12:00 pm

More from ARM TechCon. Great show as always, high-energy and a reminder that systems and solutions are where it’s at. There was a very big focus on Internet of Things in all its many guises, from devices to detect Image Removedwhether a garbage container is full, to a child’s necklace to store immunization and other health data, to… Read More


Strengthening That Serving ARM

Strengthening That Serving ARM
by Bernard Murphy on 11-15-2015 at 4:00 pm

Everyone is aware of ARM’s dominance in mobile devices and their likely dominance in IoT, but what Image Removedabout servers? ARM has been making a play for this area but conventional wisdom is that fortress Intel will protect its server market at all costs. You’ll hear that servers are not so much about compute power, they’re more… Read More


Real Men Use ASIC

Real Men Use ASIC
by Bernard Murphy on 11-09-2015 at 4:00 pm

As we watch the gravitational collapse of the semiconductor industry, it becomes increasingly obvious that the tech zeitgeist, with investment in close lockstep, is squarely centered on complete solutions, not enabling technologies. That this seems unfair (they couldn’t do it without us, and what we do is really, really hard)… Read More


The Revenge of Microprocessor Design: The Return of the Macro

The Revenge of Microprocessor Design: The Return of the Macro
by Bernard Murphy on 11-05-2015 at 12:00 pm

(Two Star Wars™ allusions in one title – eat your heart out George Lucas.) Most of us are comfortable with the idea that you design more or less whatever you want in RTL and let the synthesis tool pick logic gates to implement that functionality. Sure it may need a little guidance here and there but otherwise synthesis is more or less … Read More


Perfecting the Great Verification Fugue

Perfecting the Great Verification Fugue
by Bernard Murphy on 11-03-2015 at 7:00 am

Michael Sanie (Senior Director Marketing in the Synopsys Verification Group) gave the wrap-up presentation at SpyGlass World recently, on the Synopsys Verification Direction. I learned from an interview Michael gave to Paul McLellan that he is an accomplished pianist. I’m a pianist also, though of considerably less talent,… Read More


Is This a Dagger Which I See Before Me?

Is This a Dagger Which I See Before Me?
by Bernard Murphy on 10-29-2015 at 4:00 pm

Macbeth may have been uncertain of what he saw but, until recently, image recognition systems would have fared even less well. The energy and innovation put into increasingly complex algorithms always seemed to fall short of what any animal (including us humans) is able to do without effort. Machine vision algorithms have especially… Read More


SpyGlass World 2015 User Group Meeting

SpyGlass World 2015 User Group Meeting
by Bernard Murphy on 10-26-2015 at 4:00 pm

I attended SpyGlass World this week – to give you an update, to catch up with old friends, including users, and to meet some of the new (to me) players from the Synopsys side of the event. Image RemovedThe event was held in the United Club at Levi stadium, just like last year. Don’t know if this will continue. Merging the SpyGlass User … Read More


Simulating Full-System EMI for a Car in Just 28 Minutes

Simulating Full-System EMI for a Car in Just 28 Minutes
by Bernard Murphy on 10-23-2015 at 8:00 pm

While there’s a lot of cool technology in modern semiconductors, it’s important to raise our sights periodically to understand how well these chips will work in the systems for which they are designed. One area driving a lot of semiconductor growth is automobile electronics. We’ve had drive-train control forever it seems, but… Read More


About That Landauer Limit…

About That Landauer Limit…
by Bernard Murphy on 10-19-2015 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedYou may have heard of the Landauer principle or the Landauer limit. This defines a lower bound on switching power dissipation in any form of digital circuit. Rolf Landauer first presented this principle in 1961, while working at IBM. It’s not limited by how the circuit is built – you can use FinFETS or spintronics or … Read More


A Connectivity Verification Idea

A Connectivity Verification Idea
by Bernard Murphy on 10-14-2015 at 4:00 pm

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In case you hadn’t noticed, I like to write from time to time about EDA product ideas. I assume these are somewhat original, but given the maxim “there’s nothing new under the sun…”, I may well be wrong. In any event, I like to share these ideas if only to demonstrate that innovation in EDA is not stalled because … Read More