Webinar on Synopsys MIPI IP

Webinar on Synopsys MIPI IP
by Tom Simon on 10-19-2020 at 10:00 am

Synopsys MIPI IP

MIPI may have started out as a standard for mobile phones, but it has become very important for connecting cameras and displays in a wide range of other things such as cameras, computers, drones, VR glasses, IoT devices and cars. Along the way it has matured by adding important features to support new applications. Now when we talk… Read More


Free Webinar on SPICE Simulation

Free Webinar on SPICE Simulation
by Tom Simon on 10-01-2020 at 10:00 am

SPICE Simulation

The world of SPICE simulators is one filled with compromises. Typically, it is possible to choose the highest accuracy and pay a performance and capacity penalty, or to choose high speed and capacity but give up accuracy in the process. Many semiconductor companies have been turning to Primarius Technologies to help escape these… Read More


SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite has Over 120 Commands Backed by 60 Customers

SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite has Over 120 Commands Backed by 60 Customers
by Tom Simon on 09-29-2020 at 10:00 am

SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite

Cadence Virtuoso is by far the most popular layout tool for IC design. This is especially true at advanced process nodes. In my opinion one of the key reasons for this is its built-in extension language, SKILL. SKILL is a powerful tool to add time saving and customized functionality to the Virtuoso layout editor. For analog and custom… Read More


Synopsys talks about their DesignWare USB4 PHY at TSMC’s OIP

Synopsys talks about their DesignWare USB4 PHY at TSMC’s OIP
by Tom Simon on 09-25-2020 at 6:00 am

USB4 operating modes

When USB initially came out it revolutionized how peripherals connect to host systems. We all remember when Apple did away with many separate connections for mouse, keyboard, audio and more with their first computers supporting USB. USB has continued to develop more flexibility and more throughput. In 2015 Apple again introduced… Read More


Blue Cheetah Technology Catalyzes Chiplet Ecosystem

Blue Cheetah Technology Catalyzes Chiplet Ecosystem
by Tom Simon on 09-09-2020 at 6:00 am

Blue Cheetah Ecosystem

There are many reasons today for dividing up large monolithic SoCs into chiplets that are connected together inside a single package. Let’s look at just some of these reasons. Many SoCs share a common processing core with application specific interfaces and specialized processing engines. Using chiplets would mean that it is… Read More


In-Chip Monitoring Helps Manage Data Center Power

In-Chip Monitoring Helps Manage Data Center Power
by Tom Simon on 09-07-2020 at 6:00 am

in-chip sensing

Designers spend plenty of time analyzing the effects of process, voltage and temperature. But everyone knows it’s not enough to simply stop there. Operating environments are tough and have lots of limitations, especially when it comes to power consumption and thermal issues. Thermal protection and even over-voltage protections… Read More


Creating Analog PLL IP for TSMC 5nm and 3nm

Creating Analog PLL IP for TSMC 5nm and 3nm
by Tom Simon on 09-01-2020 at 6:00 am

PLL Optimizations

TSMC’s Open Innovation Platform’s main objective is to create and promote partnership for producing chips. This year’s OIP event included a presentation on the joint efforts of Silicon Creations, Mentor, a Siemens business and TSMC to produce essential PLL IP for 5nm and 3nm designs. The relentless push for smaller geometries… Read More


Getting Physical to Improve Test – White Paper

Getting Physical to Improve Test – White Paper
by Tom Simon on 08-26-2020 at 6:00 am

Calculating Total Critical Area

One of the most significant and oft repeated trends in EDA is the use of information from layout to help drive other parts of the design flow. This has happened with simulation and synthesis among other things. Of course, we think of test as a physical operation, but test pattern generation and sorting have been netlist based operations.… Read More


White Paper – Mixed Signal Verification for Nanometer SOCs

White Paper – Mixed Signal Verification for Nanometer SOCs
by Tom Simon on 08-19-2020 at 10:00 am

Mixed signal SOCs

The number of touchpoints between analog and digital circuits in high performance SoCs is increasing. This is not a problem because it is possible to implement critical analog blocks directly on nanometer scale digital ICs. However, in many cases digital interfaces or digital feedback circuitry configures these analog blocks… Read More


New Processor Helps Move Inference to the Edge

New Processor Helps Move Inference to the Edge
by Tom Simon on 08-10-2020 at 10:00 am

MIPI IP from Mixel

Many of the most compelling applications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are found on mobile devices and when looking at the market size in that arena, it is clear that this is an attractive segment. Because of this, we can expect to see many consumer devices having low power requirements at the edge with… Read More