Mixel Makes Major Move on MIPI D-PHY v2.5

Mixel Makes Major Move on MIPI D-PHY v2.5
by Tom Simon on 01-09-2020 at 10:00 am

D PHY Arcitecure

The MIPI Alliance has been running hard since 2003 to stay on top of the changes in the mobile industry. MIPI now has 250 member companies and 12 active working groups, all focused on creating standards for connecting the building blocks in mobile systems. MIPI based interfaces are now used in cars, drones, IoT devices, and of course… Read More


Network on Chip Brings Big Benefits to FPGAs

Network on Chip Brings Big Benefits to FPGAs
by Tom Simon on 12-19-2019 at 10:00 am

NAPs provide connection to high speed NoC

The conventional thinking about programmable solutions such as FPGAs is that you have to be willing to make a lot of trade-offs for their flexibility. This has certainly been the case in many instances. Even just getting data across the chip can eat up valuable routing resources and add a lot of overhead. These problems are exacerbated… Read More


Full Solution for eMRAM Coming in 2020

Full Solution for eMRAM Coming in 2020
by Tom Simon on 12-19-2019 at 6:00 am

Trimming for eMRAM in Tessent

It’s amazing to think that Apollo moon mission used computers that were based on magnetic core memories. Of course, CMOS memories superseded them rapidly. However, over the decades since, memory technologies have advanced significantly, in terms of density, power and new types of technologies, e.g NAND Flash. Ever since the… Read More


IP to SoC Flow Critical for ISO 26262

IP to SoC Flow Critical for ISO 26262
by Tom Simon on 12-17-2019 at 6:00 am

IP integration flow for functional safety

In thinking about automotive electronics safety standards, such as ISO 26262, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that they are in reference to systems such as autonomous driving, which are entering the marketplace. In reality, functional safety in automotive electronics plays a significant role in many well-established automotive… Read More


New Generation of FPGA Based Distributed Accelerator Cards Offer High Performance and Adaptability

New Generation of FPGA Based Distributed Accelerator Cards Offer High Performance and Adaptability
by Tom Simon on 12-05-2019 at 10:00 am

Achronix FPGA used on BittWare Accelerator Card

We have learned from nature that two characteristics are helpful for success, diversity and adaptability. The same has been shown to be true for computing systems. Things have come a long way from when CPU centric computing was the only choice. Much heavy lifting these days is done by GPUs, ASICs, and FPGAs, with CPUs in a support … Read More


Mentor unpacks LVS and LVL issues around advanced packaging

Mentor unpacks LVS and LVL issues around advanced packaging
by Tom Simon on 11-26-2019 at 6:00 am

Innovations in packaging have played an important role in improving system performance and area utilization. Advances like 2.5D interposers and fan-out wafer-level packaging (FOWLP) have allowed mixed dies to be used in a single package and have dramatically reduced the number of connections that need to go all the way to the… Read More


MIPI gaining traction in vehicle ADAS and ADS

MIPI gaining traction in vehicle ADAS and ADS
by Tom Simon on 11-21-2019 at 10:00 am

I am old enough to remember when cars did not come with air conditioning unless you purchased it as an option. Of course, now you can’t even find a car that doesn’t come with air conditioning. So, it goes with Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). They are becoming more and more common and will certainly become baseline features… Read More


ITC shines light on new Mentor Test announcements

ITC shines light on new Mentor Test announcements
by Tom Simon on 11-18-2019 at 10:00 am

The 50th International Test Conference was just held in Washington DC, where papers, sessions, workshops and announcements addressing the increasing complexity and expanding use of semiconductors showed that innovations in test are crucial to design and product success. Test methodologies and even the scope of test have … Read More


Calibre Commences Cloud Computing

Calibre Commences Cloud Computing
by Tom Simon on 11-06-2019 at 10:00 am

Calibre was a big game changer for DRC users when it first came out. Its hierarchical approach dramatically shortened runtimes with the same accuracy as other existing, but slower, flat tools. However, one unsung part of this story was that getting Calibre up and running required minimal effort for users. Two things are required… Read More


BittWare PCIe server card employs high throughput AI/ML optimized 7nm FPGA

BittWare PCIe server card employs high throughput AI/ML optimized 7nm FPGA
by Tom Simon on 10-31-2019 at 6:00 am

Back in May I wrote an article on the new Speedster7t from Achronix. This chip brings together Network on Chip (NoC) interconnect, high speed Ethernet and memory connections, and processing elements optimized for AI/ML. Speedster7t is a very exciting new FPGA that can be used effectively to accelerate a wide range of processing… Read More