Webinar on Protecting Against Side Channel Attacks

Webinar on Protecting Against Side Channel Attacks
by Tom Simon on 10-21-2021 at 10:00 am

Side channel attack protection

SoC design for security has grown and evolved over time to address numerous potential threat sources. Many countermeasures have arisen to deal with ways hackers can gain control of systems through software or hardware design flaws. The results are things like improved random number generators, secure key storage, crypto, and… Read More


Neural Network Growth Requires Unprecedented Semiconductor Scaling

Neural Network Growth Requires Unprecedented Semiconductor Scaling
by Tom Simon on 10-20-2021 at 6:00 am

Neural Network Growth

The truth is that we are just at the beginning of the Artificial Intelligent (AI) revolution. The capabilities of AI are just now starting to show hints of what the future holds. For instance, cars are using large complex neural network models to not only understand their environment, but to also steer and control themselves. For… Read More


Ansys Talks About HFSS EM Solver Breakthroughs

Ansys Talks About HFSS EM Solver Breakthroughs
by Tom Simon on 10-12-2021 at 10:00 am

HFSS scaling over the years

Ansys HFSS™ has long enjoyed industry respect as a highly accurate electromagnetic simulator suitable for general purpose applications. Ansys has worked over the years to maintain its gold reference accuracy, and also to dramatically improve its performance and ease of use. A very interesting review of the key technology breakthroughs… Read More


DARPA Toolbox Initiative Boosts Design Productivity

DARPA Toolbox Initiative Boosts Design Productivity
by Tom Simon on 10-07-2021 at 10:00 am

DARPA Toolbox Initiative

When you think of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), this first thing that comes to mind is the development of the internet. And indeed, if you look at their website’s historic timeline, the development of ARPANET, as it was known at the time, is shown prominently in 1969. Incidentally, I actually used one of … Read More


Heterogeneous Package Design Challenges for ADAS

Heterogeneous Package Design Challenges for ADAS
by Tom Simon on 10-04-2021 at 10:00 am

Hetergeneous Package Design

Increasingly complex heterogeneous packaging solutions have proved essential to meeting the rapidly scaling requirements for automotive electronics. Perhaps there is no better example of this than advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that are found in most new cars. In a recent paper published by Siemens EDA, they … Read More


White Paper: A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks

White Paper: A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks
by Tom Simon on 09-06-2021 at 6:00 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


Symmetry Requirements Becoming More Important and Challenging

Symmetry Requirements Becoming More Important and Challenging
by Tom Simon on 08-24-2021 at 10:00 am

Symmetry across the design flow

Humans certainly have always had an aesthetic preference for symmetry. We also see symmetry showing up frequently in nature. The importance of symmetry in electronic designs has been apparent for decades. There are a host of analog structures that require balanced layout. For instance, these include differential pairs and … Read More


Cadence Tempus Update Promises to Transform Timing Signoff User Experience

Cadence Tempus Update Promises to Transform Timing Signoff User Experience
by Tom Simon on 08-23-2021 at 6:00 am

Tempus With SmartHub for Timing Signoff

Cadence invests heavily in the development of their Tempus Timing Signoff Solution due to its importance in the SoC design flow. I recently had a discussion on the topic of the most recent Tempus update with Brandon Bautz, senior product management group director in the Digital & Signoff Group, and Hitendra Divecha, product… Read More


Have STA and SPICE Run Out of Steam for Clock Analysis?

Have STA and SPICE Run Out of Steam for Clock Analysis?
by Tom Simon on 08-20-2021 at 6:00 am

Ansys clock jitter analysis

At advanced nodes such as 7 and 5nm, timing closure and sign off are becoming much more difficult than before at 16nm. One area of chips that has increased in complexity dramatically and who’s correct operation is essential for silicon success is the clock tree. If the clock tree has excessive jitter, it will throw off every timing… Read More


Package Pin-less PLLs Benefit Overall Chip PPA

Package Pin-less PLLs Benefit Overall Chip PPA
by Tom Simon on 08-19-2021 at 6:00 am

Pin less PLLs from Analog Bits

SOCs designed on advanced FinFET nodes like 7, 5 and 3nm call for silicon-validated physical analog IP for many critical functions. Analog blocks have always been node and process specific and their development has always been a challenge for SOC teams. Fortunately, there are well established and endorsed analog IP companies… Read More