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Not me. Who owns IP quality?

Not me. Who owns IP quality?
by Paul McLellan on 03-05-2012 at 4:32 pm

Now that the dominant approach to building an SoC is to get IP from a number of sources and assemble it into a chip, the issue of IP quality is more and more critical. A chip won’t work if the IP doesn’t work, but it is quite difficult to verify this because the SoC design team is not intimately familiar with the IP blocks since… Read More


Atrenta/TSMC Soft-IP Alliance: 10 companies make the grade

Atrenta/TSMC Soft-IP Alliance: 10 companies make the grade
by Paul McLellan on 03-05-2012 at 7:30 am

Last May, Atrenta and TSMC announced the Soft-IP Alliance Program which uses SpyGlass and a subset of its GuideWare reference methodology to implement TSMC’s IP quality assessment program. TSMC requires all soft-IP providers to reach a minimum level of completeness before their IP is listed on TSMC online. Since TSMC … Read More


The 2012 International Conference on ENGINEERING OF RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEMS AND ALGORITHMS – ERSA’12

The 2012 International Conference on ENGINEERING OF RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEMS AND ALGORITHMS – ERSA’12
by Daniel Nenni on 03-03-2012 at 9:55 am


July 16-19, 2012, Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas , Nevada , USA

ERSA-News: ERSA-NEWS ERSA’12 Website: http://ersaconf.org/ersa12

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CEO Forecast Panel

CEO Forecast Panel
by Paul McLellan on 03-02-2012 at 2:40 pm

This year’s CEO forecast panel was held at Silicon Valley Bank. Bankers live better than verification engineers, as if you didn’t know, based on the quality of the wine they were serving compared to DVCon.

This year the panelists were Ed Cheng from Gradient, Lip-Bu, Aart and Wally (and if you don’t know who they… Read More


Farm Management

Farm Management
by Paul McLellan on 03-01-2012 at 5:34 pm

Every so often I come across a new company in EDA or one of its neighboring domains, new to me anyway, and new to SemiWiki. One such company is RunTime Design Automation (RTDA). They provide a suite of tools for managing server farms (or internal clouds which seems to be the trendy buzzword du jour). Running a few EDA scripts on a few servers… Read More


Synopsys MIPI M-PHY in 28nm introduction with Arteris

Synopsys MIPI M-PHY in 28nm introduction with Arteris
by Eric Esteve on 02-29-2012 at 8:05 am

MIPI set of specifications (supported by dedicated controllers) are completed by a PHY function, the D-PHY or the M-PHY function. The D-PHY was the first to be released, and most of the MIPI functions supported in a smartphone we are using today probably still use a D-PHY, but the latest MIPI specifications have been developed based… Read More


HSPICE Users Talking about Their Circuit Simulation Experience

HSPICE Users Talking about Their Circuit Simulation Experience
by Daniel Payne on 02-28-2012 at 4:46 pm

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HSPICE users gathered in January 2012 at the HSPICE SIG(Special Interest Group) to talk about their experiences using this circuit simulator for a variety of IC and signal integrity issues. I wasn’t able to attend in person however I did watch the video and wanted to summarize what I heard:… Read More


Yalta is Dead! Synopsys offensive in VIP restart the cold war

Yalta is Dead! Synopsys offensive in VIP restart the cold war
by Eric Esteve on 02-27-2012 at 11:29 am

Last year, you could claim (like I did in this blog) that Cadence was making money with large VIP port-folio, when Synopsys was managing sales of a large Design IP port-folio (thanks to a successful acquisition strategy in the 2000’s). But the latest acquisitions made by Synopsys of VIP centric companies like nSys or ExpertIO should… Read More