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Live 58th Design Automation Conference Coverage!

Live 58th Design Automation Conference Coverage!
by Daniel Nenni on 12-05-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan and Shushana Friday Harbor San Juan Islands

My beautiful first mate and I will be together at DAC this year. Her first DAC was 1985 in Las Vegas and we lived happily ever after. SemiWiki bloggers Tom Dillinger and Daniel Payne will also be at DAC attending sessions and meeting with exhibiting companies to learn and blog about the latest innovations inside the semiconductor … Read More


A Next-Generation Prototyping System for ASIC and Pre-Silicon Software Development

A Next-Generation Prototyping System for ASIC and Pre-Silicon Software Development
by Kalar Rajendiran on 12-05-2021 at 6:00 am

Corigine Prototyping Systems

Every now and then, disruptive technology is brought to market, challenging the way things have been done to that point. We are all familiar with many such technologies. The rhetorical question is, how many of us were aware, recognized and acknowledged those technologies before they became well established? For example, a startup… Read More


Continuous Integration of RISC-V Testbenches

Continuous Integration of RISC-V Testbenches
by Daniel Nenni on 12-02-2021 at 6:00 am

RISC V Results

In my last blog post about AMIQ EDA, I talked with CEO and co-founder Cristian Amitroaie about their support for continuous integration (CI). We discussed in some detail how their Design and Verification Tools (DVT) Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Verissimo SystemVerilog Linter are used in CI flows. Cristian… Read More


Ansys to Present Multiphysics Cloud Enablement with Microsoft Azure at DAC

Ansys to Present Multiphysics Cloud Enablement with Microsoft Azure at DAC
by Daniel Nenni on 12-01-2021 at 2:00 pm

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Ansys and Microsoft  collaborated extensively over the past year to optimize and test Ansys’ signoff multiphysics simulation tools on the Azure cloud. Microsoft has invited Ansys to present the joint results in Azure’s DAC booth theater in San Francisco this year.

Two presentations are planned: covering the enablement of AnsysRead More


Creative Applications of Formal at Intel

Creative Applications of Formal at Intel
by Bernard Murphy on 12-01-2021 at 6:00 am

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One of the sessions I enjoyed at the Synopsys Verification Day 2021 was a presentation on applying formal to a couple of non-traditional problem domains. I like talks of this kind because formal can sometimes be boxed into a limited set of applications, under-exploiting the potential of the technology. Intel have built a centralized… Read More


System Technology Co-Optimization (STCO)

System Technology Co-Optimization (STCO)
by Daniel Payne on 11-30-2021 at 10:00 am

An early package prototype

My first exposure to seeing multiple die inside of a single package in order to get greater storage was way back in 1978 at Intel, when they combined two 4K bit DRAM die in one package, creating an 8K DRAM chip, called the 2109. Even Apple used two 16K bit DRAM chips from Mostek to form a 32K bit DRAM, included in the Apple III computer, circa… Read More


High-Performance Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Constrained Embedded Systems

High-Performance Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Constrained Embedded Systems
by Kalar Rajendiran on 11-30-2021 at 6:00 am

Demonstrator Block Diagram

Current technology news is filled with talk of many edge applications moving processing from the cloud to the edge. One of the presentations at the recently concluded Linley Group Fall Processor Conference was about AI moving from the cloud to the edge. Rightly so, there were several sessions dedicated to discussing AI and edge… Read More


Siemens EDA will be returning to DAC this year as a Platinum Sponsor.

Siemens EDA will be returning to DAC this year as a Platinum Sponsor.
by Daniel Nenni on 11-29-2021 at 10:00 am

Siemens EDA DAC

The 38th Design Automation Conference is next week and this one is for the record books. Having been virtual the last two years, next week we will meet live once again. I think we may have all taken for granted the value of live events but now we know how important they are on both a professional and human level, absolutely.

“The… Read More


Big Data Helps Boost PDN Sign Off Coverage

Big Data Helps Boost PDN Sign Off Coverage
by Tom Simon on 11-28-2021 at 8:00 am

PDN Sign Off

The nearly unavoidable truth about dynamic voltage drop (DVD) signoff for power distribution networks (PDN) is that the quality of results depends on the quality and quantity of the vectors used to activate the circuit switching. As SOCs grow larger and are implemented on smaller nodes, the challenges of sufficient coverage … Read More


Empyrean Technology ‘s complete design solution for PMIC

Empyrean Technology ‘s complete design solution for PMIC
by Daniel Nenni on 11-28-2021 at 6:00 am

PMIC Design SemiWIki

Power management integrated circuits (PMICs) are integrated circuits for power management. Driven by the strong demand in consumer electronics, IoT, and the automobile industry, the design for PMIC is getting more challenging in terms of integration, reliability and efficiency. The design methodology needs to be updated… Read More