LightSuite – Physical Design Goes Photonics!

LightSuite – Physical Design Goes Photonics!
by Alex Tan on 09-26-2018 at 7:00 am

Light is a form of energy. It reveals an object’s color and shape through the refraction (passing through light) or the reflection (bouncing back light) of its beam. While photon is the smallest measure of light, the term photonicscan be defined as the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting photons. … Read More


Mentor Graphics Makes a Transition

Mentor Graphics Makes a Transition
by Daniel Nenni on 09-07-2018 at 12:00 pm

This is the fourteenth in the series of “20 Questions with Wally Rhines”

I joined Mentor Graphics (now Mentor, A Siemens Business), in late 1993. Tom Engibous, one of my direct reporting people at TI, was promoted to replace me as head of the Semiconductor business of TI and I moved on to what I knew would be a real challenge,… Read More


Billion Transistor Designs Need Faster Full Chip Tools

Billion Transistor Designs Need Faster Full Chip Tools
by Tom Simon on 06-19-2018 at 12:00 pm

During the design cycle as tape out approaches, time pressure usually goes up dramatically. To make matters worse the design itself is much larger, because all the block level work is done and there is a requirement to work with the entire database. It feels like it’s time to put aside the garden trowel and start using a steam shovel.… Read More


Electrical Reliability Verification – Now At FullChip

Electrical Reliability Verification – Now At FullChip
by Alex Tan on 04-25-2018 at 12:00 pm

Advanced process technology offers both device and interconnect scaling for increased design density and higher performance while invoking also significant implementation complexities. Aside from the performance, power and area (PPA) aspects, designer is getting entrenched with the need of tackling more reliability … Read More


Robust Reliability Verification – A Critical Addition To Baseline Checks

Robust Reliability Verification – A Critical Addition To Baseline Checks
by Alex Tan on 03-01-2018 at 12:00 pm

Design process retargeting is acommon recurrence based on scaling orBOM(Bill-Of-Material) cost improvement needs. This occursnot only with the availability of foundry process refresh to a more advanced node,but also to any new derivative process node tailored towards matching design complexity, power profile or reliabilityRead More


Is there anything in VLSI layout other than “pushing polygons”? (5)

Is there anything in VLSI layout other than “pushing polygons”? (5)
by Dan Clein on 01-11-2018 at 12:00 pm

Being new in Ottawa and trying to get some momentum towards automation in full custom layout I was telling industry people that I am interested to work with everybody to move this agenda forward. My Director of Engineering at that time, Peter Gillingham, took me to visit Carleton University in Ottawa. One of his professor friends,… Read More


High Calibre Development Keeps Mentor on Top of the Game

High Calibre Development Keeps Mentor on Top of the Game
by Tom Simon on 12-07-2017 at 12:00 pm

One might be tempted to think that technology driven gains in computer performance might be enough to keep up with the needs of design and verification tools. We know that design complexity is increasing at a rate predicted by Moore’s Law. We also know that the performance of the computers used during IC development benefit from … Read More


Why Open and Supported Interfaces Matter

Why Open and Supported Interfaces Matter
by Mitch Heins on 08-29-2017 at 12:00 pm

Back in the early 1980’s during the nascent years of electronic design automation (EDA), I worked at Texas Instruments supporting what would become their merchant ASIC business. Back then, life was a bit different. The challenge we faced was to make our ASIC library available on as many EDA flows as we could to give as many users as… Read More


Mentor & Phoenix Software Shed Light on Integrated Photonics Design Rule Checking

Mentor & Phoenix Software Shed Light on Integrated Photonics Design Rule Checking
by Mitch Heins on 07-10-2017 at 12:00 pm

Just prior to the opening of the 54[SUP]th[/SUP] Design Automation Conference, Mentor, a Siemens company, and PhoeniX Software issued a press release announcing a new integration between their tools to help designers of photonic ICs (PICs) to close the loop for manufacturing sign-off verification. This is a significant piece… Read More


Dear Cadence: Calibre Didn’t Run Any Dracula Decks

Dear Cadence: Calibre Didn’t Run Any Dracula Decks
by Mitch Heins on 05-04-2017 at 2:00 pm

After reading the Cadence blog post –Dracula, Vampire, Assura, PVS: A Brief History” – Dr. Andrew Moore has written the below article where he helps readers get a sense as to what “the year of hell” was like, from one of the key individuals who lived it. Andrew also addresses and corrects some of the “urban legends”Read More