HSPICE gets Faster, better Convergence

HSPICE gets Faster, better Convergence
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 5:53 pm

Hany El Hak – Product Marketing Manager

Frederik Iverson – AE
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Scott Wetch – HSPICE Architect

HSPICE – 5 years ago convergence was not so good, while 95% of analog circuits today converge out of the box, no options are required.

Synopsys AMS Portfolio – wide range of tools
– Custom Designer: IC schematic and layout… Read More


Physical IP Group at ARM

Physical IP Group at ARM
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 5:45 pm

After lunch on Monday I met with John Heinlin, Ph.D. – VP Marketing of Physical IP Division

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Back in the day I knew the founders of Artisan (VLSI Libraries) when we worked together at Silicon Compilers (Mark Templeton, John Malecki, Scott Becker).
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Q: Do you favor any EDA tools for creating your IP?
A: No, … Read More


iPDKs and Analog Constraints

iPDKs and Analog Constraints
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 5:09 pm

Lunch time Monday at DAC and I learned about what’s new at the IPL Alliance in 2011.
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IPL Sponsors: Magma, Mentor Graphics, Springsoft, Accelicon, Ciranova, Synopsys, TSMC, TowerJazz, Jedat, Tanner EDA

Two major projects:
1) iPDKS
2) Analog Constraints… Read More


FineSIM adds RF Analysis plus new Tcl Circuit Checks

FineSIM adds RF Analysis plus new Tcl Circuit Checks
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 4:58 pm

At DAC I spent time in the Magma FineSIM demo suite on Monday morning.

Greg Curtis – Product Director, Custom Design Business Unit
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– Talus for Digital Design
– FineSim does: SPICE, FastSPICE, Characterization
– Flows Demoed at DAC: High Performance Core, SOC, ASIC/ASSP, AMS, Memory
– What… Read More


Nimbic (formerly Physware) – 3D Field Solver in the Cloud or Desktop

Nimbic (formerly Physware) – 3D Field Solver in the Cloud or Desktop
by Daniel Payne on 06-13-2011 at 12:57 pm

I met with Bala Vishwanath, CMO at Nimbic on Monday morning. They had just announced a $6.9M round of venture capital which is something that you rarely hear about in EDA these days, especially during a slow economic recovery.
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Intro

Physware – served the package and board markets, co-design challenges (can add IC noise… Read More


The Secret of Analog Design

The Secret of Analog Design
by Paul McLellan on 06-09-2011 at 5:15 pm

Image RemovedEverybody knows that digital designers run on pizza and soda, what one might describe as poor food and weak drinks. At DAC in San Diego I discovered a restaurant that gave away the secret to analog design. And you thought it was a good layout editor and a good circuit simulator. But it turns out that the secret to analog … Read More


Magma, ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Magma, ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
by Daniel Payne on 06-06-2011 at 11:07 am

Introduction
Monday morning at DAC I attended the breakfast presentation from Magma, ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The 28nm node is ready for business using Magma tools and ARM libraries.
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During breakfast I met Karim Arabi, Ph.D. from QualComm. He’s a senior director of engineering in San Diego and wanted to learn… Read More


Sunday Night at DAC

Sunday Night at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-05-2011 at 7:23 pm

San Diego Arrival
It’s another picture perfect day in San Diego as I arrived and checked into the Hyatt. The view from the 40th floor looked magnificent, with the Convention Center just a few minutes away in the distance:
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Registration

Check in at DAC is quite automated and it took only a minute to receive my official… Read More


GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Design Ecosystem!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Design Ecosystem!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-01-2011 at 11:00 am

GLOBALFOUNDRIES will show off its 28nm design ecosystem at #48DAC next week in San Diego. The company will feature a full design ecosystem for its 28nm High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology, including silicon-validated flows, process design kits (PDKs), design-for-manufacturing (DFM), and intellectual property (IP) in partnership… Read More


ARM vs Intel step 2…Intel’s nervous breakdown about Microsoft… and cut ATOM price

ARM vs Intel step 2…Intel’s nervous breakdown about Microsoft… and cut ATOM price
by Eric Esteve on 06-01-2011 at 8:52 am

In the unspoken war between ARM and Intel, a couple of interesting facts have surfaced during the last few days:

  • Intel nervous breakdown in respect with their 30 years old accomplice in the Wintel gang
  • ATOM latest version Cedar Trail fabbed on 32nm technology, targeted for mobile computing, will be priced at a 30% to 50% discount
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