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Addressing SoC Test Implementation Time and Costs

Addressing SoC Test Implementation Time and Costs
by Daniel Payne on 04-20-2021 at 10:00 am

testmax flow

In business we all have heard the maxim, “Time is Money.” I learned this lesson early on in my semiconductor career when doing DRAM design, discovering that the packaging costs and time on the tester were actually higher than the fabrication costs. System companies like IBM were early adopters of Design For Test (DFT)… Read More


Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security
by Taylor Armerding on 04-18-2021 at 10:00 am

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your modern car is a computer on wheels—potentially hundreds of computers on a set of wheels. Heck, even the wheels are infested with computers—what do you think prompts that little light on your dashboard to come on if your tire pressure is low? And computers don’t just run your infotainment system, backup camera, dashboard warning

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Global Variation and Its Impact on Time-to-Market for Designs

Global Variation and Its Impact on Time-to-Market for Designs
by umangdoshi on 04-14-2021 at 2:00 pm

Impact of Global Variation on Delay

We have come a long way from the days of limited and manageable characterization databases with fewer views and smaller library sizes. The technologies we are headed towards pushing characterization to its limits with special modeling for variation, aging and reliability all on a single process, voltage and temperature (PVT).… Read More


VC Formal SIG Virtually Conferences in Europe

VC Formal SIG Virtually Conferences in Europe
by Bernard Murphy on 04-06-2021 at 6:00 am

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Pratik Mahajan, Synopsys VC Formal R&D Group Director, kicked off an absorbing event featuring talks from multiple customers in Europe. He spent some time on formal signoff, an important topic that I’m still not sure is fully understood. Answering the questions “OK, we did a bunch of formal checking but how does that affect… Read More


Key Requirements for Effective SoC Verification Management

Key Requirements for Effective SoC Verification Management
by Kirankumar Karanam on 02-25-2021 at 6:00 am

The Four Phases of SoC Verification

Effective and efficient functional verification is one of the biggest hurdles for today’s large and complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The goal is to verify as close as possible to 100% of the design’s specified functionality before committing to the long and expensive tape-out process for application-specific integrated… Read More


Techniques and Tools for Accelerating Low Power Design Simulations

Techniques and Tools for Accelerating Low Power Design Simulations
by Kalar Rajendiran on 02-17-2021 at 10:00 am

Figure 1 for Synopsys Blog

I recently watched a webinar titled “How to accelerate power-aware simulation debug with Synopsys’ VC LP” that was presented by Ashwani Kumar Dwivedi senior applications engineer at Synopsys. Watching the webinar made me reminisce how design verification has evolved over the years. A long time ago, static verification started… Read More


A New ML Application, in Formal Regressions

A New ML Application, in Formal Regressions
by Bernard Murphy on 02-10-2021 at 6:00 am

A New ML Application

Machine learning (ML) is a once-in-a-generation innovation that seems like it should be applicable almost everywhere. It’s certainly revolutionized automotive safety, radiology and many other domains. In our neck of the woods, SoC implementation is advancing through learning to reduce total negative slacks and better optimize… Read More


Change Management for Functional Safety

Change Management for Functional Safety
by Bernard Murphy on 01-27-2021 at 6:00 am

safety min

By now we’re pretty familiar with the requirements ISO 26262 places on development for automotive safety. The process, procedures and metrics you will apply to meet various automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL). You need to train organizations. In fact you should establish a safety culture across the whole company or line… Read More


What Might the “1nm Node” Look Like?

What Might the “1nm Node” Look Like?
by Tom Dillinger on 12-28-2020 at 6:00 am

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The device roadmap for the next few advanced process nodes seems relatively clear.  The FinFET topology will subsequently be displaced by a “gate-all-around” device, typically using multiple stacked channels with a metal gate completely surrounding the “nanosheets”.  Whereas the fin demonstrates improved gate-to-channel… Read More


The Heart of Trust in the Cloud. Hardware Security IP

The Heart of Trust in the Cloud. Hardware Security IP
by Bernard Murphy on 12-22-2020 at 6:00 am

The Heart of Trust in the Cloud

You might think that cloud services run on never-ending racks of servers and switches in giant datacenters. But what they really run on is trust. Trust that your data (or your client’s data) is absolutely tamper-proof inside that datacenter. Significantly more secure than it would be if you tried to manage the same operations in… Read More