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A Practical Approach to Modeling ESD Protection Devices for Circuit Simulation

A Practical Approach to Modeling ESD Protection Devices for Circuit Simulation
by Tom Simon on 06-03-2019 at 8:00 am

Lurking inside of every Mosfet is a parasitic bipolar junction transistor (BJT). Of course, in normal circuit operation the BJT does not play a role in the device operation. Accordingly, SPICE models for Mosfets do not behave well when the BJT is triggered. However, these models work just fine for most purposes. The one important… Read More


Magillem offers a practical UPF power flow

Magillem offers a practical UPF power flow
by Tom Simon on 05-28-2019 at 10:00 am

We already know that IP-Xact is extremely useful for managing IP and SOC design specifications, yet it may come as a surprise to learn that it also can be used to form the basis of a power flow too. There are design tools that read UPF to help implement and verify designs, however it can be extremely useful to understand the interplay … Read More


56th DAC Empyrean Stepping Up ALPS with GPU Implementation

56th DAC Empyrean Stepping Up ALPS with GPU Implementation
by Daniel Nenni on 05-27-2019 at 11:00 am

As a testament to the technology advances developed and implemented into Empyrean ALPS™ by the engineering team, the product has seen a steady growth in the adoption by users. In addition, hearing directly from the users at DAC 2018 turned out to be an all-around success for the product as well as the product team to see ALPS beating… Read More


The Changing Landscape for SPICE Circuit Simulators

The Changing Landscape for SPICE Circuit Simulators
by Daniel Payne on 05-27-2019 at 5:00 am

I first started using a SPICE circuit simulator in 1978 while at Intel and have followed that market ever since then. Back at DAC in 2012 I first heard of a Chinese EDA company called IC Scape with a SPICE circuit simulator called Aeolus, so I blogged about it. Fast forward to 2019 and I heard from Ravi Ravikumar, a former co-worker from… Read More


Webinar Recap: IP Life Cycle Management and Traceability

Webinar Recap: IP Life Cycle Management and Traceability
by Daniel Payne on 05-22-2019 at 10:00 am

Earlier this month I attended a webinar organized by Methodics on the topic of IP life cycle management and traceability, with three presenters and a Q&A session at the end. I’ve worked with Michael Munsey before and he was the first presenter. Semiconductor IP creation and re-use is the foundation of all modern IC designs,… Read More


Will the Rise of Digital Media Forgery be the End of Trust?

Will the Rise of Digital Media Forgery be the End of Trust?
by Matthew Rosenquist on 04-22-2018 at 12:00 pm

Technology is reaching a point where it can nearly create fake video and audio content in real-time from handheld devices like smartphones.

In the near future, you will be able to Facetime someone and have a real-time conversation with more than just bunny ears or some other cartoon overlay. Imagine appearing as a person of your Read More


Netspeed Gemini NoC Provides Coherent Fabric in Mobileye’s Next-generation EyeQ5 SoC

Netspeed Gemini NoC Provides Coherent Fabric in Mobileye’s Next-generation EyeQ5 SoC
by Mitch Heins on 01-11-2017 at 7:00 am

Last week I wrote about NetSpeed’s network on chip (NoC) IP technology and design environment NocStudio. This week we see a real life application of this technology announced at CES by Imagination Technologies and NetSpeed. The companies have announced that Mobileye will use Imagination and NetSpeed IP in their next-generation… Read More


Why Is The Modem Still The Unsung Hero Of Mobility?

Why Is The Modem Still The Unsung Hero Of Mobility?
by Patrick Moorhead on 07-17-2016 at 12:00 pm

The unsung hero of the mobile world is not the CPU, it isn’t the GPU, it isn’t even the memory. All of those components have grown extremely quickly in recent years in terms of processing capability, capacity and the ability to shrink thanks to improvements in process technology. The CPU and the GPU seem to get all the accolades, too.… Read More


Google Smart Lens: IC Design and Beyond

Google Smart Lens: IC Design and Beyond
by Paul McLellan on 06-09-2015 at 1:00 am

Today’s DAC keynote was by Brian Otis of Google about their project, working with Novartis, to build disposable contact lenses that perform continuous glucose monitoring.

Why is this important? There are 382M people around the world with diabetes who typically have to check their blood glucose levels four times a day. … Read More


embARC for a Free Ride

embARC for a Free Ride
by Eric Esteve on 03-30-2015 at 3:27 am

It’s probably the first time that Synopsys is offering such a direct access to free and open source software. The goal is to support customers developing application code for IoT and embedded devices based on ARC IP core family. The designer can select the Real Time Operating System (RTOS) which best meet the system requirements,… Read More