Is there anything in VLSI layout other than “pushing polygons”? (9)

Is there anything in VLSI layout other than “pushing polygons”? (9)
by Dan Clein on 05-14-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedI moved from real layout work to management so I had little or no “hands-on” layout in my responsibility but I was very close to my team challenges in all 5 locations. During my 13 years in PMC Sierra I was involved in many initiatives some technical and some in developing relations with vendors. The biggest difference… Read More


IP Diligence

IP Diligence
by Bernard Murphy on 07-20-2017 at 12:00 pm

I hinted earlier that Consensia would introduce at DAC their comprehensive approach to IP management across the enterprise, which they call DelphIP (oracle of Delphi, applied to IP). I talked with Dave Noble, VP BizDev at Consensia to understand where this fits in the design lifecycle.

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IP management means a lot of… Read More


Consolidation and Design Data Management

Consolidation and Design Data Management
by Bernard Murphy on 05-30-2017 at 7:00 am

Consensia, a Dassault Systemès channel partner, recently hosted a webinar on DesignSync, a long-standing pillar of many industry design flows (count ARM, Qualcomm, Cavium and NXP among their users). A motivation for this webinar was the impact semiconductor consolidation has had on the complexity of design data management,… Read More


Webinar – Next Generation DDRM Needs, Solutions

Webinar – Next Generation DDRM Needs, Solutions
by Bernard Murphy on 05-02-2017 at 7:00 am

I’m a believer in product life-cycle management (PLM) for semiconductor design. It’s not an attention-grabbing topic like faster verification or improved PPA in implementation, but now massive IP-based design is routine, IP’s are sourced from multiple suppliers each cycling though multiple revisions and now that design … Read More


IP Traffic Control

IP Traffic Control
by Bernard Murphy on 04-14-2017 at 7:00 am

From an engineering point of view, IP is all about functionality, PPA, fitness for use and track record. From a business/management point of view there are other factors, just as critical, that relate less to what the IP is and more to its correct management and business obligations. The problems have different flavors depending… Read More


Synchronizing Collaboration

Synchronizing Collaboration
by Bernard Murphy on 04-12-2017 at 7:00 am

Much though some of us might wish otherwise, distributed development teams are here to stay. Modern SoC design requires strength and depth in expertise in too many domains to effectively source from one site; competitive multi-national businesses have learned they can very effectively leverage remote sites by building centers… Read More