Tool Trends Highlight an Industry Trend for AMS designs

Tool Trends Highlight an Industry Trend for AMS designs
by Bernard Murphy on 01-11-2017 at 7:00 am

Archaeologists often use tools found in digs as a major indicator of trends in civilizations. The same could be said for trends in design, though we don’t have to reconstruct these design trends – we tend to see them ahead of us.
The trend in this case is the growing importance of sensors in designs and there’s no better example of that… Read More


The Case for Data Management Amid the Rise of IP in SoCs

The Case for Data Management Amid the Rise of IP in SoCs
by Majeed Ahmad on 09-02-2015 at 12:00 pm

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, during the adolescent days of the system-on-chip (SoC) design movement, there was a lot talk about IP and design reuse, but it was seldom put into practice. A decade later, SoC turned into a juggernaut with a tripartite alliance of chipmakers, IP suppliers and semiconductor manufacturing fabs.… Read More


Analog/Mixed-Signal Data Management with Custom Designer

Analog/Mixed-Signal Data Management with Custom Designer
by Majeed Ahmad on 06-30-2015 at 7:00 am

In recent years, a number of technologies as well as the constant desire for faster and more pervasive mobile communication systems have set in motion a well sustained growth trend for the “next big thing” such as the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, automobile electronics, advances in medical devices etc. In all these areas… Read More


Why Design Data Management: A View from CERN

Why Design Data Management: A View from CERN
by Majeed Ahmad on 05-27-2015 at 10:00 pm

On July 4, 2012, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that the ATLAS and CMS experiments had each observed a new particle, which is consistent with the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a general-purpose detector with a broad physics… Read More


Managing Design Flows in RF Modules

Managing Design Flows in RF Modules
by Majeed Ahmad on 04-24-2015 at 7:00 pm

The semiconductor industry is expected to grow at a reasonable pace in 2015 and beyond, with the biggest market being compute applications followed by wireless and consumer applications. The highest growth, however, is expected to be in application-specific products for devices such as smartphones, wearables, memories, … Read More


DNA Sequencing Eyes SoCs for Stability and Scale

DNA Sequencing Eyes SoCs for Stability and Scale
by Majeed Ahmad on 01-27-2015 at 9:00 pm

DNA sequencing — which provides vital information on genetics study, forensics, diagnostics and therapies — has been an exclusive territory of high-end research labs with millions of dollars to spend because of the expensive chemical and optical equipment needed for research. That is changing, thanks to complex… Read More


Analog IP Design at Moortec

Analog IP Design at Moortec
by Daniel Payne on 09-28-2011 at 12:34 pm

Stephen Crosher started up Moortec in the UK back in 2005 with the help of his former Zarlink co-workers and they set to work offering AMS design services and eventually created their own Analog IP like the temperature sensor shown below:

We spoke by phone last week about his start-up experience and how they approach AMS design.… Read More


Hardware Configuration Management and why it’s different than Software Configuration Management

Hardware Configuration Management and why it’s different than Software Configuration Management
by Daniel Payne on 03-23-2011 at 2:51 pm

Intro
On Friday I talked with Srinath Anantharaman by phone to gain some perspective on Hardware Configuration Management (HCM) versus Software Configuration Management (SCM), especially as it applies to the IC design flows in use today. In the 1990’s we both worked at Viewlogic in Fremont, CA and in 1997 Srinath founded… Read More