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Cloud-based Functional Verification

Cloud-based Functional Verification
by Daniel Payne on 04-08-2019 at 12:00 pm

The big three EDA vendors are constantly putting more of their tools in the cloud in order to speed up the design and verification process for chip designers, but how do engineering teams approach using the cloud for functional verification tests and regressions? At the recent Cadence user group meeting (CDNLive) there was a presentation… Read More


Verification 3.0 Holds it First Innovation Summit

Verification 3.0 Holds it First Innovation Summit
by Randy Smith on 03-26-2019 at 5:00 am

Last week I attended the first Verification 3.0 Innovation Summit held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara along with about 90 other interested engineers and former engineers (meaning marketing and sales people, like me). There was a great vibe and feel to the event as it exuded an energy level that I have not felt at an EDA event in years.… Read More


Traceability and Design Verification Synergy

Traceability and Design Verification Synergy
by Daniel Payne on 03-14-2019 at 12:00 pm

The IC design and verification process can be comprised of many independent point tools, or for more synergy you can have tools that work together by a more synergistic process. We’ve all heard the maxim, “Work smarter, not harder.” A white paper just came out from Methodics on a smarter approach, Traceability… Read More


How Well Did Methodics do in 2018?

How Well Did Methodics do in 2018?
by Daniel Payne on 02-27-2019 at 12:00 pm

In January I read from the ESDA Allianceabout EDA and Semiconductor IP revenues increasing 6.7% for Q3 2018, reaching $2,435.6 million, which is decent growth for our maturing industry. In stark contrast there’s a company called Methodicsthat specializes in Intellectual Property Lifecycle Management (IPLM) and traceability… Read More


SoC Design Partitioning to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes

SoC Design Partitioning to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes
by Daniel Payne on 12-18-2018 at 12:00 pm

I started designing ICs in 1978 and continued through 1986, and each chip used hierarchy and partitioning but our methodology was totally ad-hoc, and documented on paper, so it was time consuming to make revisions to the chip or train someone else on the history or our chip, let alone re-use any portion of our chips again. Those old,… Read More


Using IP in a SoC Compliant with ISO 26262

Using IP in a SoC Compliant with ISO 26262
by Daniel Payne on 11-19-2018 at 12:00 pm

The automotive segment is being well served by semiconductor suppliers of all sizes because of the unit volumes, and the constant push to automate more of the driving decisions to silicon and software can raise lots of questions about safety, reliability and trust. Fortunately the ISO standards body has already put in place a functional… Read More


IP Management Using both Git and Methodics

IP Management Using both Git and Methodics
by Daniel Payne on 09-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

I use Quicken to manage my business and personal finances because it saves me so much time by downloading all of my transactions from Chase for credit card, Amazon for credit card, Wells Fargo for banking and Schwab for IRA. Likewise, for IP management in SoC design you want an app like Quicken that plays well with other tools that you… Read More


ISO 26262 Traceability Requirements for Automotive Electronics Design

ISO 26262 Traceability Requirements for Automotive Electronics Design
by Daniel Payne on 06-12-2018 at 12:00 pm

Reading the many articles on SemiWiki and other publications we find experts talking about the automotive market, mostly because it’s in growth mode, has large volumes and vehicles consume more semiconductors every year. OK, that’s on the plus side, but what about functional safety for automotive electronics?… Read More


Combining IP and Product Lifecycle Tools

Combining IP and Product Lifecycle Tools
by Daniel Payne on 04-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

No single EDA company provides all of the tools needed to define requirements, design exploration, track IP, simulate, manage and verify a complex SoC system, so it makes sense that EDA vendors and point tool companies have tools that work together to achieve all of these difficult tasks. Systems design has been around for decades… Read More


SoC Design Management with Git

SoC Design Management with Git
by Daniel Payne on 02-21-2018 at 12:00 pm

Linux creator Linus Torvalds lives in Oregon not too far from me and he also created the popular Git system for Design Management (DM) in 2004 that is now used by many software developers. So what makes Git so attractive as a DM tool?

  • Feature-branch workflow
  • Easy to switch context between features
  • New features can be created orderly
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