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Semiconductor IP Library QA Just Got Easier

Semiconductor IP Library QA Just Got Easier
by Daniel Payne on 10-17-2013 at 12:05 pm

Imagine that you’re working in a CAD group and just received a new library of a few hundred IP blocks and you needed to know if these blocks conform to your design and quality standards. There are many questions about library and IP quality:

  • Are all of the views consistent (layout, schematic, HDL, test, timing, SPICE)?
  • Are there
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Validating Hard IP & Std Cell Libraries at DAC

Validating Hard IP & Std Cell Libraries at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-27-2013 at 3:13 pm

The building blocks for every SoC are standard cell libraries that are assembled, designed and verified together. But how do we really know if all the data formats used during design are correct and consistent? To answer that question I spoke with Johan Peetersof Fractal Technologiesat DAC.


Johan Peeters, Rene Donkers
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Quality in Design Formats has become a must!

Quality in Design Formats has become a must!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-01-2013 at 6:00 pm

Fractal Technologies is a privately held EDA company with offices in San Carlos, California and Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company was founded by a small group of highly recognized EDA professionals. The scope of Fractal Technologies is to check consistency and validate all different data formats used in your design and… Read More


Do my tests certify the quality of my products?

Do my tests certify the quality of my products?
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-23-2013 at 9:00 pm

Honestly speaking, there is no firm answer to this question, and often when we get confronted by our customers, we talk about the coverage reports. The truth is a product with high rate of coverage can very easily fail in customer environment. Of course coverage is important, and to be clear about the fact that the failure is not because… Read More


Is my Library or Semi IP really OK to use?

Is my Library or Semi IP really OK to use?
by Daniel Payne on 05-10-2013 at 11:42 am

The tremendous growth in IC and SoC design complexity has now enabled engineers to place bilions of transistors on a single chip. To make that growth possible design teams resort to using libraries and semi IP provided by other groups in their company, or outside IP vendors. To lower risk, you must know that the IP being used in your… Read More


Crossfire – Builds Quality with Design

Crossfire – Builds Quality with Design
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-30-2013 at 8:05 pm

Very often we talk about increasing design complexities and verification challenges of SoCs. With ever growing design sizes and multiple IPs on a single SoC, it’s a fact that SoC design has become heterogeneous, being developed by multiple teams, either in-house or outsourced. Considering economic advantage amid pressure … Read More