RISC-V SDKs, from IP Vendor or a Third Party?

RISC-V SDKs, from IP Vendor or a Third Party?
by Bernard Murphy on 08-12-2020 at 6:00 am

RISC V min

Like many of us, I’m a fan of open-source solutions. They provide common platforms for common product evolution, avoiding a lot of unnecessary wheel re-invention, over and over again. Linux, TensorFlow, Apache projects, etc., etc. More recently the theme moved into hardware with OpenCores and now the RISC-V ISA. All good stuff.… Read More


WEBINAR: Security Verification of Root of Trust for Xilinx

WEBINAR: Security Verification of Root of Trust for Xilinx
by Bernard Murphy on 08-07-2020 at 6:00 am

root of trust min

Tortuga Logic is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 18th from 12 to 1PM PDT, in which Xilinx will present their experiences in using the Tortuga Logic Radix-S and Radix-M products for security verification of root of trust in their advanced SoC FPGAs. REGISTER HERE to attend the webinar.

SECURITY CHALLENGES
In general security… Read More


Structural CDC Analysis Signoff? Think Again.

Structural CDC Analysis Signoff? Think Again.
by Bernard Murphy on 08-05-2020 at 6:00 am

strainer min

Talking not so long ago to a friend from my Atrenta days, I learned that the great majority of design teams still run purely structural CDC analysis. You should sure asynchronous clock domains are suitably represented in the SDC, find all places where data crosses between those domains that require a synchronizer, gray-coded FIFO… Read More


All-In-One Extreme Edge with Full Software Flow

All-In-One Extreme Edge with Full Software Flow
by Bernard Murphy on 08-04-2020 at 2:00 pm

Obstacles to Edge AI min

What do you do next when you’ve already introduced an all-in-one extreme edge device, supporting AI and capable of running at ultra-low power, even harvested power? You add a software flow to support solution development and connectivity to the major clouds. For Eta Compute, their TENSAI flow.

The vision of a trillion IoT… Read More


Low Power and RISC-V Talks at DAC2020, Hosted by Mentor

Low Power and RISC-V Talks at DAC2020, Hosted by Mentor
by Bernard Murphy on 07-28-2020 at 6:00 am

low battery

I’m going to get to low power and RISC-V, but first I’m trying out virtual DAC this year. Seems to be working smoothly, aside from some glitches in registration. But maybe that’s just me – I switched email addresses in the middle of the process. Some sessions are live, many pre-recorded, not quite the same interactive experience… Read More


Quantifying the Benefits of AI in Edge Computing

Quantifying the Benefits of AI in Edge Computing
by Bernard Murphy on 07-21-2020 at 6:00 am

Architectures for Edge computing

Many of us are now somewhat fluent in IoT-speak, though at times I have to wonder if I’m really up on the latest terminology. Between edge and extreme edge, fog and cloud, not to mention emerging hierarchies in radio access networks – how this all plays out is going to be an interesting game to watch. Ron Lowman, DesignWare IP Product… Read More


Using AI to Locate a Fault. Innovation in Verification

Using AI to Locate a Fault. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 07-16-2020 at 10:00 am

innovation in verification

After we detect a bug, can we use AI to locate the fault, or at least get close? Paul Cunningham (GM of Verification at Cadence), Jim Hogan and I continue our series on novel research ideas, through a paper in software verification we find equally relevant to hardware. Feel free to comment.

 

The Innovation
This month’s pick is… Read More


Hierarchical CDC analysis is possible, with the right tools

Hierarchical CDC analysis is possible, with the right tools
by Bernard Murphy on 07-14-2020 at 6:00 am

Design complexity demands hierarchical CDC

Back in my Atrenta days (before mid-2015), we were already running into a lot of very large SoC-level designs – a billion gates or more. At those sizes, full-chip verification of any kind becomes extremely challenging. Memory demand and run-times explode, and verification costs explode also since these runs require access to … Read More


Sensors, AI, Tiny Power in a Turnkey Board.

Sensors, AI, Tiny Power in a Turnkey Board.
by Bernard Murphy on 07-10-2020 at 6:00 am

Eta Compute ECM3532 AI Sensor Board Top

Got a great idea for a device with AI at the extreme edge? Self-contained and can run on a coin cell battery, maybe even harvested energy? Needs to fit in a space not much larger than a quarter? Eta Compute has a board for you. This comes with 2 MEMS microphones, a pressure/temperature sensor, a 6-axis MEMS accelerometer/gyroscope,… Read More


Arm Rings the Bell in Supercomputing

Arm Rings the Bell in Supercomputing
by Bernard Murphy on 07-08-2020 at 6:00 am

Fugaku

Late last year I wrote about Arm’s efforts to play a role in servers, in AWS, and particularly Arm-based supercomputing, in the Sandia Astra roadmap and in partnering with NVIDIA who are in the Oak Ridge Summit supercomputer. These steps came, at least for me, with an implicit “Good for them, playing a role on the edges of these challenging… Read More