We just completed a run through of the upcoming IP & Library QA webinar that I am moderating with Fractal and let me tell you it is a must see for management level Semiconductor Design and Semiconductor IP companies as well as the Foundries. Seriously, if you are an IP company you had better be up on the latest QA checks if you want to do business with the leading edge foundries and semiconductor companies, absolutely.
The secret weapon here is presenter Felipe Schneider, Director of Field Operations at Fractal. Felipe will take us through the agenda followed by a demonstration of Crossfire, ending with questions and answers. Felipe is the frontline interface to Fractal customers in North America which includes many of the top semiconductor companies and IP providers so he knows IP QA. Felipe also knows what QA checks are being done at the different process nodes down to 7nm and what new checks are coming at 5nm (crowdsourcing). This alone is worth an hour of your day.
There is no industry where the need for early bug detection is more paramount than in SoC design. Consequences like design re-spins, missed tape outs and hence missed market opportunities make the cost of late bug detection prohibitive. Where earlier generations of SoC designs could be crafted by a team of limited size that could oversee the entire design process, design in the latest process nodes requires a different strategy.
Designer productivity is lagging behind Moore’s law which drives the increase of transistor density. Thus design teams are becoming larger and are comprised of multiple groups spread over the globe. Outsourcing of design tasks by integrating third-party IP is mandatory to get the job done, but it reduces oversight of the SoC design process and leaves companies at the mercy of the quality strategy implemented by their suppliers. At the same time, modelling of new physical effects using current-driver, variation and electro-migration models paired with an increased amount of PVT corners generate an explosion of data to be analyzed prior to sign-off.
It is clear that QA needs to be a shared responsibility by all partners in the SoC design flow, from library and IP providers to foundry and SoC integrators. Each of these partners needs an integrated QA solution in their part of the design flow. Never should QA be an afterthought to be checked off right before IP delivery. This webinar intends to cover how Fractal Technologies Crossfire solution addresses these QA challenges from both backend and frontend perspectives and why its standardized and scalable QA methodology is superior to homebrew validation solutions.
Mismatches or modelling errors for Libraries or IP can seriously delay an IC design project. Because of still increasing number of different views required to support a state of the art deep submicron design flow, as well as the complexity of the views themselves, Library and IP integrity checking has become a mandatory step before the actual design can start.
Crossfire helps CADS teams and IC designers in performing integrity validation for Libraries and IP. Crossfire makes sure that the information represented in the various views is consistent across these views. Crossfire improves Quality of your Design Formats.
About Fractal Technologies
Fractal Technologies is a privately held company with offices in San Jose, California and Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company was founded by a small group of highly recognized EDA professionals.