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The Git Dilemma: Is Version Control Enough for Semiconductor Success?

The Git Dilemma: Is Version Control Enough for Semiconductor Success?
by Amit Varde on 05-22-2024 at 10:00 am

Data in Software Vs Semiconductor Design Flow

Git is a version control system that saves every change made to files. It offers powerful tools for managing these changes. This makes Git ideal for software development, as it lets you keep all project files in one place.

Software has grown in complexity, necessitating more collaboration among engineers across various time zones.… Read More


From System Design to Drug Design. The Rationale

From System Design to Drug Design. The Rationale
by Bernard Murphy on 05-22-2024 at 6:00 am

Drug development cycle min

I’m guessing that more than a few people were mystified (maybe still are) when Cadence acquired OpenEye Scientific, a company known for computational molecular design aimed at medical drug/therapeutics discovery. What could EDA, even SDA (system design automation), and drug discovery possibly have in common? More than you… Read More


New Tool that Synthesizes Python to RTL for AI Neural Network Code

New Tool that Synthesizes Python to RTL for AI Neural Network Code
by Daniel Payne on 05-21-2024 at 10:00 am

Catapult AI NN tool flow – Python to RTL

AI and ML techniques are popular topics, yet there are considerable challenges to those that want to design and build an AI accelerator for inferencing, as you need a team that understands how to model a neural network in a language like Python, turn that model into RTL, then verify that your RTL matches Python. Researchers from CERN,… Read More


S2C and Sirius Wireless Collaborate on Wi-Fi 7 RF IP Verification System

S2C and Sirius Wireless Collaborate on Wi-Fi 7 RF IP Verification System
by Daniel Nenni on 05-21-2024 at 6:00 am

wifi7 success story

Sirius Wireless partnered with FPGA prototyping expert S2C to develop the Wi-Fi 7 RF IP Verification System, enhancing working efficiency and accelerating time-to-market for clients.

Wi-Fi 7 is the latest Wi-Fi technology, with speeds of up to 30Gbps, approximately three times the peak performance of Wi-Fi 6. This enhanced… Read More


How to Find and Fix Soft Reset Metastability

How to Find and Fix Soft Reset Metastability
by Mike Gianfagna on 05-20-2024 at 6:00 am

How to Find and Fix Soft Reset Metastability

Most of us are familiar with the metastability problems that can be caused by clock domain crossings (CDC). Early static analysis techniques can flag these kinds of issues to ensure there are no surprises later. I spent quite a bit of time at Atrenta, the SpyGlass company, so I am very familiar with these challenges. Due to the demands… Read More


A Recipe for Performance Optimization in Arm-Based Systems

A Recipe for Performance Optimization in Arm-Based Systems
by Bernard Murphy on 05-16-2024 at 6:00 am

Performance cookbook for Arm min (1)

Around the mid-2000’s the performance component of Moore’s Law started to tail off. That slack was nicely picked up by architecture improvements which continue to march forward but add a new layer of complexity in performance optimization and verification. Nick Heaton (Distinguished Engineer and Verification Architect at… Read More


Synopsys Accelerates Innovation on TSMC Advanced Processes

Synopsys Accelerates Innovation on TSMC Advanced Processes
by Mike Gianfagna on 05-15-2024 at 10:00 am

Synopsys Accelerates Innovation on TSMC Advanced Processes

We all know that making advanced semiconductors is a team sport. TSMC can innovate the best processes, but without the right design flows, communication schemes and verified IP it becomes difficult to access those processes. Synopsys recently announced some details on this topic. It covers a lot of ground. The graphic at the top… Read More


SoC Power Islands Verification with Hardware-assisted Verification

SoC Power Islands Verification with Hardware-assisted Verification
by Lauro Rizzatti on 05-14-2024 at 10:00 am

SoC Power Islands Figure 1

The ever-growing demand for longer battery life in mobile devices and energy savings in general have pushed power optimization to the top of designers’ concerns. While various techniques like multi-VT transistors and clock gating offer power savings at gate-level design, the real impact occurs at system level, where hardware… Read More


Anirudh Fireside Chats with Jensen and Cristiano

Anirudh Fireside Chats with Jensen and Cristiano
by Bernard Murphy on 05-14-2024 at 6:00 am

Fireside chat min

At CadenceLIVE 2024 Anirudh Devgan (President and CEO of Cadence) hosted two fireside chats, one with Jensen Huang (President and CEO of NVIDIA) and one with Cristiano Amon (President and CEO of Qualcomm). As you would expect both discussions were engaging and enlightening. What follows are my takeaways from those chats.

Anirudh

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ARC-V portfolio plus mature software IP targets three tiers

ARC-V portfolio plus mature software IP targets three tiers
by Don Dingee on 05-13-2024 at 10:00 am

ARC-V portfolio from Synopsys

Synopsys is bridging its long-running ARC® processor IP strategy into a RISC-V architecture – Bernard Murphy introduced the news here on SemiWiki last November. We’re getting new insight from Synopsys on its ARC-V portfolio and how they see RISC-V IP plus their mature software development toolchain IP fitting customer needs… Read More