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A Chat with John Stabenow

A Chat with John Stabenow
by Daniel Payne on 03-20-2012 at 10:57 am

John Stabenow is the marketing group director at Cadence for the Virtuoso products and it has been awhile since we last talked, so we met for lunch on Friday at McMenamins in a city called West Linn, half-way between where we both live in Oregon. I had blogged about Interoperability at DAC 2010 and we had a public exchange at Chip Design… Read More


EDPS Monterey

EDPS Monterey
by Paul McLellan on 03-17-2012 at 8:00 am

Every year in Monterey is a relatively small conference that looks at the design process, EDPS, the electronic design process symposium. I gave a keynote there a couple of years ago, but you don’t have to listen to me this time. The keynotes are from:

  • 1st day: Misha Buric, CTO of Altera, talking about SoC FPGAs and other things
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Double Patterning and Then The End of Lithography

Double Patterning and Then The End of Lithography
by Paul McLellan on 03-15-2012 at 8:00 am

I went to a couple more sessions at the Common Platform Technology Forum today, on 20nm double patterning and whatever will we do at 14nm. Basically, this is the end of planar transistors and the end of optical lithography. One session was by IBM scientists about process and one by Michael White of Mentor about double patterning. … Read More


No Semiconductor Design Cloud Strategy? Really?

No Semiconductor Design Cloud Strategy? Really?
by Andrea Casotto on 03-14-2012 at 6:00 pm


I ask my customers about their cloud strategy and they all tell me “none”. The main reason is a red herring: “The legal department will never allow our IP outside our walls”.

Security issues on the cloud are largely solved, as proven by the fact that banks have no problem using external clouds. Behind the curtain, the real reason for… Read More


Timing Closure for ECOs in your SOC Design

Timing Closure for ECOs in your SOC Design
by Daniel Payne on 03-14-2012 at 1:07 pm

I decided to attend a webinar today hosted by Synopsys, “Streamline Your PrimeTime ECO Flow For Fastest Setup, Hold and Timing DRC Closure.” The format was to present slides first then hold for questions until the end. Enough time was spent on questions which made this webinar different than most other webinars I’ve… Read More


CDNLive: the Keynotes

CDNLive: the Keynotes
by Paul McLellan on 03-13-2012 at 2:24 pm

There were three keynotes at CDNLive this morning, and one theme ran through them: collaboration. In fact there was one specific instance of collaboration that all three people mentioned. Taping out an ARM Cortex-A15 in TSMC 20nm technology using a Cadence tool flow.

Lip-Bu, Cadence’s CEO, went first. He had some numbers… Read More


More Growth in EDA

More Growth in EDA
by Daniel Payne on 03-12-2012 at 6:53 pm

I love to read good news about growth in EDA especially when our industry has seen single-digit growth for several years now. What I read on March 8th from ClioSoft stated a 53% increase in bookings for 2011, now that’s what I call growth.

ClioSoft provides Hardware Configuration Management (HCM) software to EDA users typically… Read More


Virtual Prototype your SoC including FlexNoC

Virtual Prototype your SoC including FlexNoC
by Eric Esteve on 03-12-2012 at 1:10 pm

Designing larger than ever SoC, integrating multiple ARM’s Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 microprocessor cores as well as complexes IP functions like HDMI controller, DDR3 Memory controller, Ethernet, SATA or PCI Express controller are pushing designers to search for better price, performance and area tradeoffs and the SoC interconnect… Read More


My Design Automation and Test in Europe Conference Agenda (DATE 2012)

My Design Automation and Test in Europe Conference Agenda (DATE 2012)
by Daniel Nenni on 03-11-2012 at 7:00 pm


As this blog is being posted I’m on my way to Dresden for the 2012 Design Automation and Test Conference. DATE used to bounce between Munich and Paris, I have attended many times but not in the past couple of years. No excuse really, just busy with other things.
DATE 2012 Highlights in Dresden include E-Mobility and More-than-Moore… Read More


Power Issues for Chip and Board: webinar

Power Issues for Chip and Board: webinar
by Paul McLellan on 03-10-2012 at 4:24 pm

Last month Brian Bailey at EDN moderated an interesting webinar about power issues. Unusually, it combined two different domains: doing things by modeling and actually taking measurements off real chips and boards. The two participants were Arvind Shanmugavel from the Apache subsidiary of Ansys, and Randy White from Tektronix.… Read More