Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?

Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?
by Randy Smith on 07-17-2019 at 10:00 am

At the ES Design West event in San Francisco last week Silvaco’s CTO and EVP of Products, Babak Taheri, gave a presentation titled, “Next Generation SoC Design: From Atoms to Systems”. The time slot for the talk was only 30-minutes which is simply not enough to discuss all the technology Silvaco is providing now. I had not looked closely… Read More


WEBINAR: Eliminating Hybrid Verification Barriers Through Test Suite Synthesis

WEBINAR: Eliminating Hybrid Verification Barriers Through Test Suite Synthesis
by Randy Smith on 07-16-2019 at 10:00 am

 

I’ve been following the evolution of the verification space for a very long time including several stints consulting to formal verification companies. It has always been interesting to me to see how so many diverse verification techniques emerge and been used, but without much unification of the approaches. With the emergence… Read More


WEBINAR: GPU-Powered SPICE – The Way Forward for Analog Simulation

WEBINAR: GPU-Powered SPICE – The Way Forward for Analog Simulation
by Randy Smith on 07-10-2019 at 9:37 am

Several years ago, I was a consultant to a company called Gauda, Inc.  I enjoyed working with Gauda as the technology was interesting. On June 3, 2014, Gauda, Inc. was acquired by D2S, Inc. so their technology lives on. Gauda was focused on optical proximity correction (OPC) and optical proximity verification solutions utilizing… Read More


Two Fun Things To Do at SEMICON West on July 9, 2019

Two Fun Things To Do at SEMICON West on July 9, 2019
by Randy Smith on 07-01-2019 at 10:00 am

 

I will be at SEMICON / EE Design West on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, and so should you!

Quantum computing will be a hot topic at SEMICON West and on Tuesday, July 9, the IBM Quantum Computer will be on display at the Smart Design Pavilion in the South Hall (Moscone Center) from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It looks like no other computer I have ever… Read More


FPGA Prototyping for AI Product Development

FPGA Prototyping for AI Product Development
by Randy Smith on 06-21-2019 at 8:00 am

I recently wrote about The Implications of the Rise of AI/ML in the Cloud. In that article, I wrote about my expectation that the rapidly growing AI market will lead to the accelerated use of high-level synthesis (HLS), prototyping, and emulation. In this article, I will focus on the prototyping portion of that – specifically FPGA… Read More


Considering SiFive: What Should I Get to Implement a RISC-V Core?

Considering SiFive: What Should I Get to Implement a RISC-V Core?
by Randy Smith on 06-17-2019 at 10:00 am

I have an old weathered leather-clad black notebook with a National Semiconductor logo on its face that I have used since 2001. It has sentimental value to me. First, it reminds me of where I was on 9/11, having breakfast with a group of attendees to National Semiconductor’s executive event in Laguna Niguel, CA. We were going to play… Read More


The Implications of the Rise of AI/ML in the Cloud

The Implications of the Rise of AI/ML in the Cloud
by Randy Smith on 06-14-2019 at 10:00 am

Recently, Daniel Nenni blogged on the presentation Wally Rhines gave at #56th DAC. Daniel provided a great summary, but I want to dive into a portion of the presentation in more detail. I love Wally’s presentations, but sometimes you cannot absorb the wealth of information he provides when you initially see it. It’s… Read More


Verification 3.0 Holds it First Innovation Summit

Verification 3.0 Holds it First Innovation Summit
by Randy Smith on 03-26-2019 at 5:00 am

Last week I attended the first Verification 3.0 Innovation Summit held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara along with about 90 other interested engineers and former engineers (meaning marketing and sales people, like me). There was a great vibe and feel to the event as it exuded an energy level that I have not felt at an EDA event in years.… Read More


HOT Party for a Cause at DAC 55

HOT Party for a Cause at DAC 55
by Randy Smith on 06-20-2018 at 4:00 pm

The Design Automation Conference (DAC), now in its 55[SUP]th[/SUP] year, always offers a lively mix of activities. For EDA vendors and their customers, the focus is on the exhibit floor and in booth suites where the latest technology is on display. For R&D engineers and academics, the technical sessions dig deeply into an … Read More


A Shot in the ARM for IoT

A Shot in the ARM for IoT
by Randy Smith on 06-03-2016 at 12:00 pm

I recently attended the IoT Developers Conference in Santa Clara, CA. There were clearly two major themes in the talks – security and low power. The volume market in IoT is in the edge node devices. These devices have two important characteristics. They acquire data which needs to be transmitted and they typically are battery-driven… Read More