A Most Significant Man

A Most Significant Man
by Beth Martin on 11-06-2012 at 8:10 pm

Most of us live perfectly good lives without distinction, fame, or note. Others rack up the honors, filling their walls and resumes with recognition of their brilliance. Like Dr. Janusz Rajski.

Image RemovedRajski is the director of engineering for the test products at Mentor Graphics, an IEEE Fellow, and the inventor of embedded… Read More


A Brief History of Mentor Graphics

A Brief History of Mentor Graphics
by Beth Martin on 08-20-2012 at 11:00 pm

In 1981, Pac-Man was sweeping the nation, the first space shuttle launched, and a small group of engineers in Oregon started not only a new company (Mentor Graphics), but an entirely new industry, electronic design automation (EDA).

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Mentor founders Tom Bruggere, Gerry Langeler, and Dave Moffenbeier left Tektronix… Read More


Higgs bosons, (un)certainty, and black holes

Higgs bosons, (un)certainty, and black holes
by Beth Martin on 07-18-2012 at 9:00 pm

Ever since the announcement in early July from CERN that they likely have, probably, finally found the Higgs boson, I’ve been thinking about what quantum mechanics means to our daily ‘classical model’ existence. On the surface, nothing. The most fantastical aspects of quantum mechanics, like uncertainty, tunneling and the … Read More


It Takes a Village: Mentor and ARM Team Up on Test

It Takes a Village: Mentor and ARM Team Up on Test
by Beth Martin on 07-18-2012 at 5:01 pm

Benjamin Franklin, “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” I was reminded of this line during a joint Mentor-ARM seminar yesterday about testing ARM cores and memories. The complexity of testing modern SoC designs at advanced nodes, with multiple integrated ARM cores and other IP, opens up plenty of room for… Read More


Testing ARM Cores – Mentor and ARM Lunch Seminar

Testing ARM Cores – Mentor and ARM Lunch Seminar
by Beth Martin on 07-08-2012 at 8:29 pm

If you are involved in testing memory or logic of ARM-based designs, you’ll want to attend this free seminar on July 17, 2012 in Santa Clara. Mentor Graphics and ARM have a long standing partnership, and have optimized the Mentor test products (a.k.a Tessent) for the ARM processors and memory IP.
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The lunch seminar runs… Read More


IC Test Sessions at SEMICON West 2012

IC Test Sessions at SEMICON West 2012
by Beth Martin on 07-02-2012 at 1:43 pm

SEMICON West is coming up this July 10-12 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It covers a broad swath of the microelectronics supply chain, but I was particularly interested in the test sessions. Here are two that I recommend.

Image RemovedThe Value of Test for Semiconductor Yield Learning” on Tuesday, July 10,… Read More


It takes an act of Congress…

It takes an act of Congress…
by Beth Martin on 06-19-2012 at 4:29 pm

Foreign students earn roughly two-thirds of the total engineering Ph.D.s earned in the U.S., yet there is no policy to allow, let alone encourage, them to stay in the U.S. after graduation. I was aware of this problem 14 years ago when I started working in EDA, but haven’t paid much attention since then.

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Conquering the Big Data Challenges

Conquering the Big Data Challenges
by Beth Martin on 04-02-2012 at 4:38 pm

Extrapolating the trends from last 20 years to the next ten suggests that we will be implementing a trillion transistors or more by 2020. At 20nm, with the chip sizes touching billions of transistors, the age old problem of how to implement a design in the most efficient manner remains unanswered.

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DFM Industry Survey

DFM Industry Survey
by Beth Martin on 02-10-2012 at 1:28 pm

As part of the DFM Conference at the SPIE Advance Lithography symposium, the DFM committee is conducting an informal survey on the current state of Design For Manufacturability in the Semiconductor Industry.

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Please take this anonymous 16 question survey to identify critical Design for Manufacturability (DFM)… Read More


DFM at SPIE Advance Litho show

DFM at SPIE Advance Litho show
by Beth Martin on 02-09-2012 at 6:40 pm

This year’s SPIE Advanced Lithography is loaded with interesting keynotes and sessions. To help me narrow down what to see, I spoke with John Sturtevant. John is co-chair of the Design for Manufacturability through Design-Process Integration conference, and the director for technical marketing for RET products at Mentor Graphics.… Read More