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Innovation in Verification March 2020

Innovation in Verification March 2020
by Bernard Murphy on 03-17-2020 at 6:00 am

Innovation

This blog is the next in a series in which Paul Cunningham (GM of the Verification Group at Cadence), Jim Hogan and I pick a paper on a novel idea we appreciated and suggest opportunities to further build on that idea.

We welcome comments on our blogs and suggestions for new topics if they’re based on published work.

The Innovation

Our… Read More


5G SoCs Demand New Verification Approaches

5G SoCs Demand New Verification Approaches
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-16-2020 at 10:00 am

Simplified 4G network

Lately, I’ve been cataloging the number of impossible-to-verify technologies we face. All forms of machine learning and inference applications fall into this category. I’ve yet to see a regression test to prove a chip for an autonomous driving system will do the right thing in all cases. Training data bias is another interesting… Read More


Why IP Designers Don’t Like Surprises!

Why IP Designers Don’t Like Surprises!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-13-2020 at 6:00 am

IPDelta SemiWiki

If it’s your job to get a SoC design through synthesis, timing/power closure and final verification, the last thing you need are surprises in new versions of the IP blocks that are integrated into the design. If your IP supplier sends a new version, the best possible scenario is that this is only a small incremental change from… Read More


Viewing the Largest IC Layout Files Quickly

Viewing the Largest IC Layout Files Quickly
by Daniel Payne on 03-10-2020 at 6:00 am

Skipper, Empyrean

The old adage, “Time is money”, certainly rings true today for IC designers, so the entire EDA industry has focused on this challenging goal of making tools that help speed up design and physical verification tasks like DRC (Design Rule Checks) and LVS (Layout Versus Schematic). Sure, the big three EDA vendors have… Read More


Achieving Design Robustness in Signoff for Advanced Node Digital Designs

Achieving Design Robustness in Signoff for Advanced Node Digital Designs
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-09-2020 at 10:00 am

Synopsys SemiWiki STARRC Webinar 1

I had the opportunity to preview an upcoming webinar on SemiWiki that deals with design robustness for signoff regarding advanced node digital designs (think single-digit nanometers). “Design robustness” is a key term – it refers to high quality, high yielding SoCs that come up quickly and reliably in the target system. We all… Read More


Six Automated Steps to Design Partitioning for Multi-FPGA Prototyping Boards

Six Automated Steps to Design Partitioning for Multi-FPGA Prototyping Boards
by Daniel Nenni on 03-09-2020 at 6:00 am

Aldec Webinar SemiWiki

Before starting your next FPGA Prototyping Project you should catch the next SemiWiki webinar – “Six Automated Steps to Design Partitioning for Multi-FPGA Prototyping Boards”, in partnership with Aldec.

A significant portion of my  30+ years in the EDA industry has revolved around design verification with some form of FPGA … Read More


Designing Next Generation Memory Interfaces: Modeling, Analysis, and Tips

Designing Next Generation Memory Interfaces: Modeling, Analysis, and Tips
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-04-2020 at 10:00 am

IBIS AMI vs. Transient

At DesignCon 2020, there was a presentation by Micron, Socionext and Cadence that discussed design challenges and strategies for using the new low-power DDR specification (LPDDR5). As is the case with many presentations at DesignCon, ecosystem collaboration was emphasized. Justin Butterfield (senior engineer at Micron)… Read More


Reliability Challenges in Advanced Packages and Boards

Reliability Challenges in Advanced Packages and Boards
by Herb Reiter on 03-02-2020 at 10:00 am

CTE Stress ANSYS SemiWiki

Today’s Market Requirements
Complex electronic devices and (sub)systems work for us in important applications, such as aircrafts, trains, trucks, passenger vehicles as well as building infrastructure, manufacturing equipment, medical systems and more. Very high reliability (the ability of a product to meet all requirements… Read More


Everybody Loves a Winner

Everybody Loves a Winner
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-01-2020 at 10:00 am

Picture1 4

Building a successful startup is hard, very hard. Creating a new category along the way is even more difficult. Those that succeed at both endeavors are quite rare. This is why an upcoming ESD Alliance event is a must-see in my view. The event is entitled “Jim Hogan and Methodics’ Simon Butler on Bootstrapping a Startup to ProfitabilityRead More


An Important Step in Tackling the Debug Monster

An Important Step in Tackling the Debug Monster
by Daniel Nenni on 02-28-2020 at 6:00 am

AMIQ EDA Compare Report SemiWiki

If you’ve spent any time at all in the semiconductor industry, you’ve heard the statement that verification consumes two-thirds or more of the total resources on a chip project. The estimates range up to 80%, in which case verification is taking four times the effort of the design process. The exact ratio is subject to debate, but… Read More