A Custom Layout Environment for SOC Design Closure

A Custom Layout Environment for SOC Design Closure
by Tom Simon on 07-22-2021 at 10:00 am

custom layout environment

Throughout the process of physical design and verification there are many groups working on the design. Most often these groups are working independently or in parallel but separately, using their own specialized tools, such as P&R, DRC, custom layout, DFM, etc. At the end of the process there is an inevitable requirement… Read More


A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks

A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks
by Tom Simon on 07-20-2021 at 10:00 am

Transistor Aging

We all know that designers work hard to reach design closure on SOC designs. However, what gets less attention from consumers is the effort that goes into ensuring that these chips will be fully operational and meeting timing specs over their projected lifetime. Of course, this is less important for chips used in devices with projected… Read More


Fully Modeling the Semiconductor Manufacturing Process

Fully Modeling the Semiconductor Manufacturing Process
by Tom Simon on 07-14-2021 at 10:00 am

Modeling the Semiconductor Manufacturing Process

A lot of folks in the semiconductor business are familiar with Dassault Systèmes because of their product life cycle management (PLM) products for IC design. They are, of course well known in other industries as well for their 3D modeling and simulation software. Over the years they have added capabilities and intelligence to … Read More


Obtaining Early Analog Block Area Estimates

Obtaining Early Analog Block Area Estimates
by Tom Simon on 07-13-2021 at 6:00 am

Animate Preview Area Estimation

I’ve written before about Pulsic’s Animate Preview software, which is extremely helpful in completing placement in analog blocks so that they are ready for routing. Analog design automation has always been a tough proposition, but Animate Preview looks like a promising tool, with practical benefits. Obtaining DRC clean placement… Read More


PCIe Gen 6 Verification IP Speeds Up Chip Development

PCIe Gen 6 Verification IP Speeds Up Chip Development
by Tom Simon on 07-08-2021 at 10:00 am

PCIe Gen 6 VIP

PCIe is a prevalent and popular interface standard that is used in just about every digital electronic system. It is used widely in SOCs and in devices that connect to them. Since it was first released in 2003, it has evolved to keep up with rapidly accelerating needs for high speed data transfers. Each version has doubled in throughput,… Read More


Driving PPA Optimization Across the Cubic Space of 3D IC Silicon Stacks

Driving PPA Optimization Across the Cubic Space of 3D IC Silicon Stacks
by Tom Simon on 07-06-2021 at 9:00 am

Improved PPA Using 3D IC

The move to true 3D IC, monolithic 3D SOC and 3D heterogeneous integration may require one of the most major design tool architecture overhauls since IC design tools were first developed. While we have been taking steps toward 3DIC with 2.5D designs with interposers, HBM, etc., the fundamental tools and flows remain intact in many… Read More


Siemens Offers Insights into Gate Level CDC Analysis

Siemens Offers Insights into Gate Level CDC Analysis
by Tom Simon on 06-28-2021 at 10:00 am

CDC Analysis

Glitches on clock domain crossing signals have always been a concern for chip designers. Now with increased requirements for reliability, renewed scrutiny is being given to find ways to identify these problems and fix them. In particular applications such as automotive electronics have given this added effort an impetus. Siemens… Read More


Die-to-Die Connections Crucial for SOCs built with Chiplets

Die-to-Die Connections Crucial for SOCs built with Chiplets
by Tom Simon on 06-21-2021 at 6:00 am

die to die connections

If you ascribe to the notion that things move in circles, or concentrically, the move to die-to-die connectivity makes complete sense. Just as multi-chip modules (MCM) were the right technology decades ago to improve power, areas, performance and cost, the use of chiplets with die-to-die connections provides many advantages… Read More


WEBINAR: Using Design Porting as a Method to Access Foundry Capacity

WEBINAR: Using Design Porting as a Method to Access Foundry Capacity
by Tom Simon on 06-08-2021 at 6:00 am

Schematic Porting the NanoBeacon

There have always been good reasons to port designs to new foundries or processes. These reasons have included reusing IP in new projects, moving an entire design to a smaller node to improve PPA, or second sourcing manufacturing. While there can be many potential business motivations for any of the above, in today’s environment… Read More


RealTime Digital DRC Can Save Time Close to Tapeout

RealTime Digital DRC Can Save Time Close to Tapeout
by Tom Simon on 06-07-2021 at 6:00 am

RealTime DRC

Over the years DRC tools have done an admirable job of keeping pace with the huge growth of IC design size. Yet, DRC runs for sign off on the full design using foundry rule decks take many hours to complete. These long run times are acceptable for final sign off, but there are many situations where DRC results are needed quickly when small… Read More