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Flex Logix Closes $55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption

Flex Logix Closes $55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-25-2021 at 10:00 am

Flex Logix Closes 55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption

Flex Logix is a unique company. It is one of the few that supplies both FPGA and embedded FPGA technology based on a proprietary programmable interconnect that uses half the transistors and half the metal layers of traditional FPGA interconnect. Their architecture provides some rather significant advantages. I wrote about their… Read More


Reducing Compile Time in Emulation. Innovation in Verification

Reducing Compile Time in Emulation. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 03-25-2021 at 6:00 am

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Is there a way to reduce cycle time in mapping large SoCs to an FPGA-based emulator? Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Jim Hogan (RIP) and I continue our series on research ideas. As always, feedback welcome.

The Innovation

This month’s pick is Improving FPGA-Based Logic Emulation Systems through Machine LearningRead More


RIP Jim Hogan – An Industry Icon

RIP Jim Hogan – An Industry Icon
by Bernard Murphy on 03-21-2021 at 8:00 am

RIP Jim Hogan

An unavoidable consequence of getting older is that more frequently our friends and colleagues unexpectedly leave us for their final venture. Jim Hogan, widely known and loved in the semiconductor industry, has passed on. He will leave a substantial hole in the hearts of many. Always ready with seasoned advice, a sympathetic … Read More


IP and Software Speeds up TWS Earbud SoC Development

IP and Software Speeds up TWS Earbud SoC Development
by Tom Simon on 03-18-2021 at 10:00 am

CEVA Bluebud TWS Platform

The global market for earphones and headphones in 2020 is estimated to have been $34B and is expanding at a compound rate of over 20% per year. Of this almost 50% is said to be earphones which are shifting rapidly to True Wireless Stereo (TWS). We have seen the sales of TWS devices grow from 1M units is 2016 to 109M units in 2019, though … Read More


Enabling Edge AI Vision with RISC-V and a Silicon Platform

Enabling Edge AI Vision with RISC-V and a Silicon Platform
by Tom Simon on 03-15-2021 at 10:00 am

AI Chipset Market

AI vision processing moving to the edge is an undeniable industry trend. OpenFive, the custom silicon business unit of SiFive, discusses this trend with compelling facts in their recent paper titled “Enabling AI Vision at the Edge.” AI vision is being deployed in many applications, such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, … Read More


Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership

Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership
by Roger C. Lanctot on 03-14-2021 at 10:00 am

Honda Asserts Automated Driving Leadership

When Honda Motor Co. tied up with General Motors almost a year ago to collaborate on vehicle propulsion technology, connected car tech, and assisted driving, observers might have been forgiven for thinking Honda was surrendering its independence to catch up in the EV race. Honda reasserted its independence last week with the

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Accelerating AI-Defined Cars

Accelerating AI-Defined Cars
by Manouchehr Rafie on 02-28-2021 at 10:00 am

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Convergence of Edge Computing, Machine Vision and 5G-Connected Vehicles

Today’s societies are becoming ever more multimedia-centric, data-dependent, and automated. Autonomous systems are hitting our roads, oceans, and air space. Automation, analysis, and intelligence is moving beyond humans to “machine-specific” … Read More


Finding Large Coverage Holes. Innovation in Verification

Finding Large Coverage Holes. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 02-24-2021 at 6:00 am

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Is it possible to find and prioritize holes in coverage through AI-based analytics on coverage data? Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Jim Hogan and I continue our series on research ideas. As always, feedback welcome.

The Innovation

This month’s pick is Using Machine Learning Clustering To Find Large Coverage Read More


Achronix Demystifies FPGA Technology Migration

Achronix Demystifies FPGA Technology Migration
by Tom Simon on 02-23-2021 at 6:00 am

FPGA Migration Achronix Tool Flow

System designers who are switching to a new FPGA platform have a lot to think about. Naturally a change like this is usually done for good reasons, but there are always considerations regarding device configurations, interfaces and the tool chain to deal with. To help users who have decided to switch to their FPGA technology, Achronix… Read More


Synopsys is Enabling the Cloud Computing Revolution

Synopsys is Enabling the Cloud Computing Revolution
by Mike Gianfagna on 02-18-2021 at 10:00 am

Synopsys is Enabling the Cloud Computing Revolution

In 2019 I was involved in a major project to move all our engineering and financial systems to the cloud. We succeeded in this endeavor, but it wasn’t easy. We faced a lot of infrastructure challenges during our journey. The freedom from facility management and capital budgeting offered by the cloud was significant, however. If … Read More