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Formal Methods for Aircraft Standards Compliance

Formal Methods for Aircraft Standards Compliance
by Bernard Murphy on 09-15-2021 at 6:00 am

Avionics equipment min

When promoting adoption of formal methods in functional verification, there are two hurdles to overcome: one technical, the other people. The first is a comfortable and familiar challenge for us engineers. Take the course, pass the test, get the certificate. Very mechanical and deterministic. People on the other hand are non-deterministic… Read More


Reliability Analysis for Mission-Critical IC design

Reliability Analysis for Mission-Critical IC design
by Daniel Payne on 09-13-2021 at 10:00 am

reliability analysis min

Mission-critical IC design for segments like automotive, aerospace, defense, medical and 5G have more stringent reliability analysis requirements than consumer electronics, and entails running special simulations for the following concerns:

  • Electromigration analysis
  • IR drop analysis
  • MOS aging
  • High-sigma Monte Carlo
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Continuous Integration of UVM Testbenches

Continuous Integration of UVM Testbenches
by Daniel Nenni on 09-13-2021 at 6:00 am

UVM Report

In recent years, one of the hot topics in chip design and verification has been continuous integration (CI). Like many innovations in hardware development, it was borrowed from software engineering and the programming world. The concept is simple: all code changes from all developers are merged back into the main development… Read More


Verifications Horizons 2021, Now More Siemens

Verifications Horizons 2021, Now More Siemens
by Bernard Murphy on 09-08-2021 at 6:00 am

Aero DT min

In a discussion with Tom Fitzpatrick of Siemens EDA he recalled that their Verification Horizons newsletter started 17 years ago, back when they were Mentor. We’ve known about the Siemens acquisition for a while. The deal closed in March 2017, but it wasn’t until January 1, 2021 that the legal entity merger was complete. Which makes… Read More


Ansys IDEAS Digital Forum 2021 Offers an Expanded Scope on the Future of Electronic Design

Ansys IDEAS Digital Forum 2021 Offers an Expanded Scope on the Future of Electronic Design
by Daniel Nenni on 09-07-2021 at 10:00 am

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For those of you following the latest developments in electronic design it has become clear that the industry is transitioning through an inflection point that is shifting some of the ground rules of design. The increase in the speed and integration density in today’s systems are blurring the lines between chip design and system… Read More


White Paper: A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks

White Paper: A Closer Look at Aging on Clock Networks
by Tom Simon on 09-06-2021 at 6:00 am

Transistor Aging

We all know that designers work hard to reach design closure on SOC designs. However, what gets less attention from consumers is the effort that goes into ensuring that these chips will be fully operational and meeting timing specs over their projected lifetime. Of course, this is less important for chips used in devices with projected… Read More


Why Optimizing 3DIC Designs Calls for a New Approach

Why Optimizing 3DIC Designs Calls for a New Approach
by Synopsys Editorial on 09-02-2021 at 10:00 am

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The adoption of 3DIC architectures, while not new, is enjoying a surge in popularity as product developers look to their inherent advantages in performance, cost, and the ability to combine heterogeneous technologies and nodes into a single package. As designers struggle to find ways to scale with complexity and density limitations… Read More


Optimize AI Chips with Embedded Analytics

Optimize AI Chips with Embedded Analytics
by Kalar Rajendiran on 09-02-2021 at 6:00 am

Tessent Embedded Analytics Architecture

The foundry model, multi-source IP blocks, advanced packaging technologies, cloud computing, hyper-connectivity and access to open-source software have all contributed to the incredible electronics products of recent times. Along with this, the complexity of developing and taking a chip to market has also increased. And… Read More


AMS IC Designers need Full Tool Flows

AMS IC Designers need Full Tool Flows
by Daniel Payne on 08-31-2021 at 10:00 am

AMS tool flow min

Digital IC design gets a lot of attention, because all of our modern devices primarily use digital logic, but in reality whenever you have a sensor like a camera,  accelerometer, gyroscope or any radio like Bluetooth, WiFi or NFC, then you’re really in the realm of analog, and that’s where mixed-signal  IC design comes… Read More


Webinar – Why Keeping Track of IP in the Enterprise Really Matters

Webinar – Why Keeping Track of IP in the Enterprise Really Matters
by Mike Gianfagna on 08-30-2021 at 10:00 am

Webinar – Why Keeping Track of IP in the Enterprise Really Matters

Everyone knows IP is an important asset for the enterprise. You spend a lot of money on IP licenses. You try to keep track of who bought what as buying the same thing twice is painful. You wonder if you have the latest version of an IP, especially if it’s part of mission-critical functionality. If you’re a good corporate citizen, you … Read More