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Low Power and RISC-V Talks at DAC2020, Hosted by Mentor

Low Power and RISC-V Talks at DAC2020, Hosted by Mentor
by Bernard Murphy on 07-28-2020 at 6:00 am

low battery

I’m going to get to low power and RISC-V, but first I’m trying out virtual DAC this year. Seems to be working smoothly, aside from some glitches in registration. But maybe that’s just me – I switched email addresses in the middle of the process. Some sessions are live, many pre-recorded, not quite the same interactive experience… Read More


How About a Faster Fast SPICE? Much Faster!

How About a Faster Fast SPICE? Much Faster!
by Tom Simon on 07-22-2020 at 10:35 am

Analog FastSPICE eXTreme

When Analog FastSPICE was first introduced in 2006 it changed the landscape for high performance SPICE simulation. During the last 14 years it has been used widely to verify advanced nanometer designs. Of course, since then the most advanced designs have progressed significantly, making verification even more difficult. Just… Read More


Mentor Cuts Circuit Verification Time with Unique Recon Technology

Mentor Cuts Circuit Verification Time with Unique Recon Technology
by Mike Gianfagna on 07-17-2020 at 6:00 am

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Most of us will remember the productivity boost that hierarchical analysis provided vs. analyzing a chip flat. This “divide and conquer” approach has worked well for all kinds of designs for many years. But, as technology advances tend to do, the bar is moving again. The new challenges are rooted in the iterative nature of high complexity… Read More


Novel DFT Approach for Automotive Vision SoCs

Novel DFT Approach for Automotive Vision SoCs
by Tom Simon on 07-16-2020 at 6:00 am

Mentor Tessent IC Design

You may have seen a recent announcement from Mentor, a Siemens business, regarding the use of their Tessent DFT software by Ambarella for automotive applications. The announcement is a good example of how Mentor works with their customers to assure design success. On the surface the announcement comes across as a nice block and… Read More


Siemens Acquires UltraSoC to Drive Design for Silicon Lifecycle Management

Siemens Acquires UltraSoC to Drive Design for Silicon Lifecycle Management
by Mike Gianfagna on 07-07-2020 at 10:00 am

Some Key Executives from UltraSoC

As reported recently by Dan Nenni, Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire Cambridge, UK-based UltraSoC Technologies Ltd. We’ve all seen plenty of mergers and acquisitions in EDA.  Some transactions perform better than others. The best ones enhance an existing product or service by blending non-overlapping technologies.… Read More


Fast and Accurate Variation-Aware Mixed-Signal Verification of Time-Domain 2-Step ADC

Fast and Accurate Variation-Aware Mixed-Signal Verification of Time-Domain 2-Step ADC
by Daniel Nenni on 07-03-2020 at 6:00 am

Solido SemiWiki

There is an interesting white paper out from Mentor on how a customer used the Solido Varation Designer tool to reduce Monte Carlo simulations. As you may know I worked for Solido for 10+ years up until they were acquired by Mentor in December of 2017. It was an incredible personal and professional experience. I have the highest respect… Read More


Why Go Custom in AI Accelerators, Revisited

Why Go Custom in AI Accelerators, Revisited
by Bernard Murphy on 06-24-2020 at 6:00 am

frame interpolation

I believe I asked this question a year or two ago and answered it for the absolute bleeding edge of datacenter performance – Google TPU and the like. Those hyperscalars (Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Baidu, Alibaba, etc) who want to do on-the-fly recognition in pictures so they can tag friends in photos, do almost real-time machine… Read More


The Moving Target Known as UPF

The Moving Target Known as UPF
by Tom Simon on 06-18-2020 at 10:00 am

UPF hierarchy

As if engineers did not have enough difficulty just getting everything right so that their designs are implemented functionally correct, the demands of lowering power consumption require changes that can affect functionality and verification. Techniques such as power gating, clock gating, mixed supply voltage, voltage … Read More


What a Difference an Architecture Makes: Optimizing AI for IoT

What a Difference an Architecture Makes: Optimizing AI for IoT
by Bernard Murphy on 05-28-2020 at 6:00 am

HLS PPA results

Last week Mentor hosted a virtual event on designing an AI accelerator with HLS, integrating it together with an Arm Corstone SSE-200 platform and characterizing/optimizing for performance and power. Though in some ways a recap of earlier presentations, there were some added insights in this session, particularly in characterizing… Read More


WEBINAR: Moving UVM Verification Up To The Next Level

WEBINAR: Moving UVM Verification Up To The Next Level
by Daniel Nenni on 05-15-2020 at 9:00 am

PSS

Tom Fitzpatrick, a Strategic Verification Architect at Mentor, a Siemens Business, has worked on IEEE and Accellera standards like Verilog 1364, System Verilog 1800, UVM 1800.2 and is Vice Chair of the Portable Stimulus working group, so when I heard that he was doing a webinar on how PSS can be used to create better stimulus for … Read More