A brief history of Interface IP, the 4th version of IPNEST Survey

A brief history of Interface IP, the 4th version of IPNEST Survey
by Eric Esteve on 09-07-2012 at 5:17 am

The industry is moving extremely fast to change the “old” way to interconnect devices using parallel bus, to the most efficient approach based on High Speed Serial Interconnect (HSSI) protocols. The use of HSSI has become the preferred solution compared with the use of parallel busses for new products developed … Read More


A Brief History of Cadence Design Systems

A Brief History of Cadence Design Systems
by Daniel Nenni on 09-01-2012 at 8:10 pm

EDA software for IC and system design became a commercial business in the early 1980s. In those days, 3 companies – Daisy Systems, Mentor Graphics, and Valid Logic Systems – dominated the emerging EDA industry. However, two small startups that emerged in the early 1980s grew rapidly and merged to form Cadence Design Systems in 1988.… Read More


Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide

Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide
by Daniel Payne on 08-29-2012 at 11:14 am

Last week I reviewed Chapter 1 in the new book: Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide, and today I finish up my review of Chapters 2 through 11. You can read the entire book chapter by chapter, or just jump directly to the chapters most related to your design role or project needs. With multiple authors I was impressed with the wide range of… Read More


Book Review: Mixed-Signal Methodology guide

Book Review: Mixed-Signal Methodology guide
by Daniel Payne on 08-23-2012 at 4:00 pm

Almost every SoC has multiple analog blocks so AMS methodology is an important topic to our growing electronics industry. Authored by Jess Chen(Qualcomm), Michael Henrie(Cliosoft), Monte Mar(Boeing) and Mladen Nizic(Cadence), the book is subtitled: Advanced Methodology for AMS IP and SoC Design, Verification and ImplementationRead More


Cadence at 20nm

Cadence at 20nm
by Paul McLellan on 08-21-2012 at 8:10 pm

Cadence has a new white paper out about the changes in IC design that are coming at 20nm. One thing is very clear: 20nm is not simply “more of the same”. All design, from basic standard cells up to huge SoCs has several new challenges to go along with all the old ones that we had at 45nm and 28nm.

I should emphasize that the paper… Read More


MemCon 2012: Cadence and Denali

MemCon 2012: Cadence and Denali
by Eric Esteve on 08-20-2012 at 7:00 am

I was very happy to see that Cadence has decided to hold MEMCON again in 2012, in Santa Clara on September 18[SUP]th[/SUP] . The session will start with “New Memory Technologies and Disruptions in the Ecosystem”from Martin Lund.

Martin is the recently (March this year) appointed Senior VP for the SoC Realization Group at cadence:… Read More


40 Billion Smaller Things On The Clock

40 Billion Smaller Things On The Clock
by Don Dingee on 08-15-2012 at 8:00 pm

Big processors get all the love, it seems. It’s natural, since they are highly complex beasts and need a lot of care and feeding in the EDA and fab cycle. But the law of large numbers is starting to shift energy in the direction of optimizing microcontrollers.

I mulled the math in my head for a while. In a world with 7 billion people and … Read More


Interview with Brien Anderson, CAD Engineer

Interview with Brien Anderson, CAD Engineer
by Daniel Payne on 08-13-2012 at 11:15 am

I first met Brien Anderson on LinkedIn because we share common groups and interests, so I decided to interview him and discover how CAD tools enabled IC design at Synpatics, a company with capacitive sensing technology used in smart phones, tablets and touch screens.… Read More


A Brief History of EDA

A Brief History of EDA
by Daniel Nenni on 08-05-2012 at 6:00 pm

Electronic Design Automation, or more affectionately known as EDA, is a relatively young $5B industry with a very colorful upbringing, one that I have experienced firsthand, I’m very grateful for, and is an honor to write about. Today EDA employs an estimated 27,000 people! There is a nice EDA Wikipedia page which can be found hereRead More


Parasitic-Aware Design Flow with Virtuoso

Parasitic-Aware Design Flow with Virtuoso
by Daniel Payne on 07-27-2012 at 12:01 pm

I learn a lot these days through webinars and videos because IC design tools like schematic capture and custom layout are visually oriented. Today I watched a video presentation from Steve Lewis and Stacy Whiteman of Cadence that showed how Virtuoso 6.1.5 is used in a custom IC design flow:… Read More