The Zen of Auto Safety – a Path to Enlightenment

The Zen of Auto Safety – a Path to Enlightenment
by Bernard Murphy on 07-07-2021 at 6:00 am

zen of safety min

Safety is a complex topic, but we’re busy. We take the course, get the certificate. Check, along with a million other things we need to do. But maybe it’s not quite that simple. I talked recently with Kurt Shuler (VP of marketing) and Stefano Lorenzini (functional safety manager) at Arteris IP and concluded that finding enlightenment… Read More


Neural Nets and CR Testing. Innovation in Verification

Neural Nets and CR Testing. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 06-29-2021 at 10:00 am

Instrumenting Post-Silicon Validation

Leveraging neural nets and CR testing isn’t as simple as we first thought. But is that the last word in combining these two techniques? Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst, entrepreneur, former Synopsys CTO) and I continue our series on research ideas. As always, feedback welcome.… Read More


Low Power Positioning for Logistics – Ultimate Tracking

Low Power Positioning for Logistics – Ultimate Tracking
by Bernard Murphy on 06-23-2021 at 6:00 am

logistics min

When thinking about positioning you probably first think of navigation. The device in your car that helps get from where you are to where you want to be. Or navigating while hiking in the backcountry. But those applications are not the where the big unit growth will come. The biggest demand will be in asset tracking, expected to reach… Read More


Connecting System Design to the Enterprise

Connecting System Design to the Enterprise
by Bernard Murphy on 06-16-2021 at 6:00 am

Connecting System Design to the Enterprise min

While systems design underpins the explosion in “smart everything”, it remains somewhat isolated from another explosion—the proliferation of tools for application lifecycle management (ALM). ALM tools are prevalent on the web, in the cloud and on our phones, to streamline product design and build, to track correspondence… Read More


IP-XACT Resurgence, Design Enterprise Catching Up

IP-XACT Resurgence, Design Enterprise Catching Up
by Bernard Murphy on 06-02-2021 at 6:00 am

IP-XACT Resurgence

This standard has been around in one form or another for over ten years and was then arguably ahead of its time. RTL designers were confused: ‘We already have RTL. Why do we need something else?’ I also didn’t get it. Still, the standard plugged ahead among the faithful and found traction among IP vendors. Particularly as a common format… Read More


Accellera Unveils PSS 2.0 – Production Ready

Accellera Unveils PSS 2.0 – Production Ready
by Bernard Murphy on 05-27-2021 at 6:00 am

PSSToolFlow min

I recently had a discussion with Tom Fitzpatrick of Siemens and Faris Khundakjie of Intel on the latest release of the Portable Test and Stimulus Standard (PSS). Faris chairs the PSS working group and Tom is vice-chair. In what follows I synthesize feedback from both, sometimes I call out interesting individual comments. My first… Read More


Fuzzing to Validate SoC Security. Innovation in Verification

Fuzzing to Validate SoC Security. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 05-26-2021 at 6:00 am

Innovation image 2021 min

Fuzzing is to software verification what randomization is hardware verification. Can a fuzzing approach improve hardware security testing? Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst, entrepreneur, former Synopsys CTO) and I continue our series on research ideas. As always, feedback… Read More


Avery Levels Up, Starting with CXL

Avery Levels Up, Starting with CXL
by Bernard Murphy on 05-25-2021 at 6:00 am

QEMU block diagram min

Let me acknowledge up front that Avery isn’t the most visible EDA company around. If you know of them, you probably know their X-propagation simulator. Widely respected and used, satisfying a specialized need. They have also been quietly building over the years a stable of VIPs and happy customers, with a special focus on VIPs for… Read More


Architecture Wrinkles in Automotive AI: Unique Needs

Architecture Wrinkles in Automotive AI: Unique Needs
by Bernard Murphy on 05-20-2021 at 6:00 am

Baidu versus Mobileye min

Arteris IP recently spoke at the Spring Linley Processor Conference on April 21, 2021 about Automotive systems-on-chip (SoCs) architecture with artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and Functional Safety. Stefano Lorenzini presented a nice contrast between auto AI SoCs and those designed for datacenters.… Read More


Arm Announces Neoverse Update, Immediately Following V9

Arm Announces Neoverse Update, Immediately Following V9
by Bernard Murphy on 05-13-2021 at 6:00 am

Arm Neoverse Update

Among marketing principles, “Stay Visible’ must rank as one of the highest. Meaning that if you don’t have something new to announce on a regular basis, you disappear. Most important, among the people you hope to influence, you cease to exist. As true for small ventures as large, though small ventures struggle to understand or prioritize… Read More