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#56DAC – Functional Safety Panel hosted by Mentor

#56DAC – Functional Safety Panel hosted by Mentor
by Daniel Payne on 06-19-2019 at 5:28 pm

Four experts in the discipline of functional safety were gathered together at #56DAC in Vegas earlier in June, hosted at the Mentor booth, so I rested my legs and typed notes as fast as I could. The product areas that I first think about when functional safety (FuSa) comes up are automotive, medical and aerospace, because keeping… Read More


Synopsys Low Power Workshop Offers Breadth and Depth

Synopsys Low Power Workshop Offers Breadth and Depth
by Bernard Murphy on 06-18-2019 at 5:00 am

Synopsys seems to particularly excel at these events, whether in half-day tutorials at conferences or, as in this case, in a full-day on-site workshop. You might think there’s not much that can be added in this domain, other than to bring low-power newbies up to speed, but you’d be wrong. This event set the stage with surveys on needs… Read More


Ecomotion 2019 We are All Jews

Ecomotion 2019 We are All Jews
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-16-2019 at 8:00 am

While listening to Krista Tippet’s National Public Radio program “On Being” recently I learned of the Hebrew expression familiar to Jews: “tikkun olam.” The expression captures what is described in Wikipedia as an obligation observed by all Jews “to repair the world.”

To be sure, this is an over-simplification of the meaning… Read More


SpaceX: Starlink to Carlink

SpaceX: Starlink to Carlink
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-13-2019 at 5:00 am

When SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit last month – the first of a planned fleet of 12,000 such satellites which will ultimately deliver terrestrial Internet access in concert with earth-bound stations – astronomers were alarmed at the apparent impact on earth-based observatories from light pollution.… Read More


Wally Rhines Keynote @ #56thDAC!

Wally Rhines Keynote @ #56thDAC!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-11-2019 at 5:00 am

One of the perks of blogging on SemiWiki is the events you get to attend for FREE and the amazing people you get to meet and Wally Rhines is certainly one of those people. You will not find a more intelligent, innovative, and genuinely nice group of people in my experience. Having traveled the world meeting thousands of people I can tell… Read More


Getting Real about Vehicle Data

Getting Real about Vehicle Data
by Roger C. Lanctot on 06-09-2019 at 9:56 pm

There is a lot of talk about data being the new oil fueling the automotive industry. Industry interest began in earnest in 2016 when McKinsey published a report – “Monetizing Car Data” – that noted in the executive summary that the car data market could be as large as $450B-$750B by 2030.

McKinsey: Monetizing Car Data – https://tinyurl.com/y85pk8nuRead More


#56DAC – Panel Discussion: Closing Analog and Mixed-Signal Verification in 5G, HPC and Automotive

#56DAC – Panel Discussion: Closing Analog and Mixed-Signal Verification in 5G, HPC and Automotive
by Daniel Payne on 06-04-2019 at 9:53 am

Monday afternoon at #56DAC I enjoyed attending a luncheon panel discussion from four AMS experts and moderator, Prof. Georges Gielen, KU Leuven. I follow all things SPICE and this seemed like a great place to get a front-row seat about the challenges that only a SPICE circuit simulator can address.  Here’s a brief introduction… Read More


Siemens Shows SOC Simulation Solution for Self-Driving Vehicles

Siemens Shows SOC Simulation Solution for Self-Driving Vehicles
by Tom Simon on 05-30-2019 at 11:00 am

Ever since the early days of computing there has always been a large distinction between ‘regular’ computing and real time computing – where special care had to be made to deal with unordered and asynchronous events. Back then a system typically consisted of a handful of sensors and perhaps some electromechanical devices.… Read More


Automotive Design and Virtual Prototyping

Automotive Design and Virtual Prototyping
by Daniel Payne on 05-25-2019 at 5:40 pm

The entire history of EDA software tools has enabled engineers to design ICs and SoCs using virtual prototyping, so most of us in the industry are familiar with the idea of modeling and simulating something as complex as an IC before actually starting the manufacturing process. In a complex system like an automobile there are a lot… Read More


What are SOTIF and Fail-Operational and Does This Affect You?

What are SOTIF and Fail-Operational and Does This Affect You?
by Bernard Murphy on 05-22-2019 at 7:00 am

Standards committees, the military and governmental organizations are drawn to acronyms as moths are drawn to a flame, though few of them seem overly concerned with the elegance or memorability of these handles. One such example is SOTIF – Safety of the Intended Function – more formally known as ISO/PAS 21448. This is a follow-on… Read More