Automotive Upate at Arm DevSummit from VW

Automotive Upate at Arm DevSummit from VW
by Daniel Payne on 10-20-2020 at 10:00 am

audi etron

Although our family has down-sized to just one vehicle, my dream car is still a Tesla, both because it’s an EV and they have a vision for autonomous vehicles. At the recent Arm DevSummit I watched a fireside chat with Alexander Hitzinger, CEO of Artemis, the skunkworks at Audi, part of the Volkswagen Group.  I knew that Audi … Read More


WEBINAR: UVM RISC-V and DV

WEBINAR: UVM RISC-V and DV
by Daniel Payne on 09-21-2020 at 10:00 am

UVM Testbench RISC-V

Oh, our semiconductor industry just loves acronyms, and the title of my blog packs three of the most popular acronyms together at once. I attended a webinar hosted by Aldec last week on this topic, “UVM Simulation-based environment for Ibex RISC-V CPU core with Google RISC-V DV“. Verification engineers have been … Read More


Making Full Memory IP Robust During Design

Making Full Memory IP Robust During Design
by Daniel Payne on 08-28-2020 at 10:00 am

64Mb SRAM example, memory IP

Looking at a typical SoC design today it’s likely to contain a massive amount of memory IP, like: RAM, ROM, register files. Keeping memory close to the CPU makes sense for the lowest latency and highest performance metrics, but what about process variations affecting the memory operation? At the recent DAC conference held… Read More


Xilinx Moves from Internal Flow to Commercial Flow for IP Integration

Xilinx Moves from Internal Flow to Commercial Flow for IP Integration
by Daniel Payne on 08-25-2020 at 10:00 am

Xilinx IP min

I’ll never forget first learning about Xilinx when they got started back in 1984, because the concept of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) was so simple and elegant, it was rows and columns of logic gates that a designer could program to perform any logic function, then connect that logic to IO pads to drive other chips … Read More


#57DAC – Panel Discussion of High Level Synthesis

#57DAC – Panel Discussion of High Level Synthesis
by Daniel Payne on 07-28-2020 at 10:00 am

sean dart, Cadence

Presenters took a trip down memory lane at DAC this year by having a panel discussion on HLS (High Level Synthesis) spanning from 1974 to 2020, and that time period aligns with when I first graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978, starting chip design at Intel, then later transitioning into EDA companies by 1986. MarilynRead More


SystemC Methodology for Virtual Prototype at DVCon USA

SystemC Methodology for Virtual Prototype at DVCon USA
by Daniel Payne on 07-13-2020 at 10:00 am

Register Model min

DVCon was the first EDA conference in our industry impacted by the pandemic and travel restrictions in March of this year, and the organizers did a superb job of adjusting the schedule. I was able to review a DVCon tutorial called “Defining a SystemC Methodology for your Company“, given by Swaminathan Ramachandran… Read More


What’s At the Center of Your SoC Design Process?

What’s At the Center of Your SoC Design Process?
by Daniel Payne on 06-15-2020 at 10:00 am

IP SoC min

I love starting a new project from scratch, because there’s that optimistic feeling of having no constraints and being able to creatively express myself and get the job done right this time. For SoC designs today there are teams of engineers and maybe a program manager plus a marketing person that define the features, budget… Read More


Automating the Analysis of Power MOSFET Designs

Automating the Analysis of Power MOSFET Designs
by Daniel Payne on 06-04-2020 at 10:00 am

ventilator

There’s a world of difference between our smart phones that are battery powered and pack billions of transistors, and power MOSFET devices that can be used in industrial applications, telecom, cloud computing and automotive where they could be run at a few hundred volts and up to 80A of current. I’ve read about one … Read More


High-Level Synthesis and Open Source Software Algorithms

High-Level Synthesis and Open Source Software Algorithms
by Daniel Payne on 05-07-2020 at 10:00 am

hls flow min

The DVCon conference and exhibition finished up in California just as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was ramping up in March, but at least they finished the conference by altering the schedule a bit. Umesh Sisodia, CEO at CircuitSutra Technologies presented at DVCON on the topic, Using High-Level Synthesis to Migrate OpenRead More


Webinar: Real-time In-Chip Monitoring to Boost multi-core AI, ML, DL Systems

Webinar: Real-time In-Chip Monitoring to Boost multi-core AI, ML, DL Systems
by Daniel Payne on 04-28-2020 at 10:00 am

hot spots

During the COVID-19 pandemic I’m using Zoom and attending more webinars to keep updated on semiconductor industry trends, and one huge trend is the importance of AI applied to SoCs. Using more cores to handle ML and DL makes sense, but then how do you keep the chips within their power and reliability limits while at the same … Read More