Accelerating Analog Signoff with Parasitics

Accelerating Analog Signoff with Parasitics
by Bernard Murphy on 07-17-2024 at 6:00 am

Quantus Insight min

An under-appreciated but critical component in signing off the final stage of chip design for manufacture is timing closure – aligning accurate timing based on final physical implementation with the product specification. Between advanced manufacturing processes and growing design sizes, the most important factors determining… Read More


Production AI is Taking Off But Not Where You Think

Production AI is Taking Off But Not Where You Think
by Bernard Murphy on 07-10-2024 at 6:00 am

TinyML

AI for revolutionary business applications grabs all the headlines but real near-term growth is already happening, in consumer devices and in IoT. For good reason. These applications may be less eye-catching but are eminently practical: background noise cancellation in earbuds and hearing aids, keyword and command ID in voice… Read More


Insights into Automotive AI in China

Insights into Automotive AI in China
by Bernard Murphy on 07-03-2024 at 6:00 am

Automotive AI in China min

Now that claims and counter claims about advances in foundational AI seem to be dying down, it becomes more interesting to look at the next wave – AI applications in key markets. Figuring out what is really happening here presents its own problems. Marketing and analyst literature still projects unbounded promise (now dialed back… Read More


Novelty-Based Methods for Random Test Selection. Innovation in Verification

Novelty-Based Methods for Random Test Selection. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 06-26-2024 at 6:00 am

Innovation New

Coverage improvement effectiveness through randomized testing declines as total coverage improves. Attacking stubborn holes in coverage could be augmented through learned novel test guidance to random test selection. Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst, entrepreneur, former… Read More


System VIPs are to PSS as Apps are to Formal

System VIPs are to PSS as Apps are to Formal
by Bernard Murphy on 06-24-2024 at 10:00 am

System VIP Libraries and Solutions

In the formal world the core technology is extremely powerful, and specialist users need full access to tackle difficult problems. But for many applications, teams prefer canned solutions built on the core technology yet scalable to non-experts. A similar dynamic appears to be playing out between System VIPs and PSS. PSS, the… Read More


Automotive Autonomy’s Quiet Advance Through Radar

Automotive Autonomy’s Quiet Advance Through Radar
by Bernard Murphy on 06-12-2024 at 6:00 am

Car radar wireframe min

Given false starts and OEM strategic retreats you could be forgiven for thinking that the autonomous personal car dream is now a lost cause. But that’s not quite true. While moonshot goals have been scaled back or are running under wraps, applications continue to advance, for adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance, automatic… Read More


Arm Client 2024 Growing into AI Phones and AI PCs

Arm Client 2024 Growing into AI Phones and AI PCs
by Bernard Murphy on 06-05-2024 at 6:00 am

AI phone

I wrote last year about the challenge Arm Client/Mobile faces in growing in a saturated phone market and how they put a big focus on mobile gaming to stimulate growth. The gaming direction continues but this year they have added (of course) an AI focus, not just to mobile but also to other clients, notably PCs. It would be easy to be cynical… Read More


Using LLMs for Fault Localization. Innovation in Verification

Using LLMs for Fault Localization. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 05-29-2024 at 6:00 am

Innovation New

We have talked about fault localization (root cause analysis) in several reviews. This early-release paper looks at applying LLM technology to the task. Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst, entrepreneur, former Synopsys CTO and now Silvaco CTO) and I continue our series on research… Read More


From System Design to Drug Design. The Rationale

From System Design to Drug Design. The Rationale
by Bernard Murphy on 05-22-2024 at 6:00 am

Drug development cycle min

I’m guessing that more than a few people were mystified (maybe still are) when Cadence acquired OpenEye Scientific, a company known for computational molecular design aimed at medical drug/therapeutics discovery. What could EDA, even SDA (system design automation), and drug discovery possibly have in common? More than you… Read More


A Recipe for Performance Optimization in Arm-Based Systems

A Recipe for Performance Optimization in Arm-Based Systems
by Bernard Murphy on 05-16-2024 at 6:00 am

Performance cookbook for Arm min (1)

Around the mid-2000’s the performance component of Moore’s Law started to tail off. That slack was nicely picked up by architecture improvements which continue to march forward but add a new layer of complexity in performance optimization and verification. Nick Heaton (Distinguished Engineer and Verification Architect at… Read More