Intel Based FPGA Prototyping Webinar Replay

Intel Based FPGA Prototyping Webinar Replay
by Daniel Nenni on 04-13-2018 at 7:00 am

Due to the overwhelming response, here is the first part of the webinar that I did with S2C and a link to the replay. Richard Chang, Vice President of Engineering at S2C did the technical part of the webinar. Richard has a Masters degree in Electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo and more than 20 years experience designing… Read More


Starblaze Uses Synopsys DesignWare IP to Launch SSD Controller SoC

Starblaze Uses Synopsys DesignWare IP to Launch SSD Controller SoC
by Mitch Heins on 12-12-2017 at 12:00 pm

I recently wrote an article about Synopsys’ DesignWare Security IP for the Internet-of-Things market and was interested to see that a startup, Starblaze Technology, has now used parts of the same IP in its latest Solid-State Drive (SSD) controller. The security IP caught my eye, but the rest of the story really put things into focus.… Read More


Worldwide Interface IP Revenue Grew by 13.5% in 2016 (Source: IPnest)

Worldwide Interface IP Revenue Grew by 13.5% in 2016 (Source: IPnest)
by Eric Esteve on 11-26-2017 at 2:59 am

IPnest has released the 9[SUP]th[/SUP] version of the Interface IP Survey, ranking by protocol the IP vendors addressing the Interface segments: USB, PCI Express, (LP)DDRn, MIPI, Ethernet & SerDes, HDMI/DP and SATA. When the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] version has been issued in 2009, the IP segment was weighting $225 million and the… Read More


The Interface IP Market has Grown to $530 Million!

The Interface IP Market has Grown to $530 Million!
by Eric Esteve on 10-22-2017 at 7:00 am

According with IPnest, the Interface IP market, including USB, PCI Express, (LP)DDRn, HDMI, MIPI and Ethernet IP segments, has reached $532 million in 2016, growing from $472 million in 2015. This is an impressive 13% Year-over-Year growth rate, and 12% CAGR since 2012!



Who integrate functions to interface a chip with others Read More


Using HSPICE StatEye to Tackle DDR4 Rail Jitter

Using HSPICE StatEye to Tackle DDR4 Rail Jitter
by Tom Simon on 02-15-2017 at 12:00 pm

The world is a risky place, according to Scott Wedge, Principal R&D Engineer at Synopsys, who presented at the Synopsys HSPICE SIG on Feb 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] in Santa Clara. Indeed, the world circuit designers face can be uncertain. Dealing with risk and departure from ideal was a main theme in the fascinating talks at this dinner… Read More


Emergence of Segment-Specific DDRn Memory Controller

Emergence of Segment-Specific DDRn Memory Controller
by Eric Esteve on 10-25-2016 at 7:00 am

The semiconductor industry is served today by memory devices supporting various protocols, like DDR4, DDR3, LPDDR4, LPDDR3, GDDR5, HBM, HMC, etc. The trend is clearly to define application specific memory-protocols and in some cases, application specific devices. But developing many, and different, memory controllers … Read More


AMD’s 7th Generation APU Brings Many Performance Tweaks And The Last Hurrah Before Zen

AMD’s 7th Generation APU Brings Many Performance Tweaks And The Last Hurrah Before Zen
by Patrick Moorhead on 06-17-2016 at 4:00 pm

Advanced Micro Devices has already told us that 2016 was going to be the year of graphics, but the reality is that they also have a lot going on in their CPU and APU division as well. In fact, in addition to Advanced Micro Devices’s newly announced 7th Generation APUs in 2016, the company is also expected to launch their new Zen CPU cores… Read More


Are Standard Cell Libs, Memories and Mixed-signal IP Availabe at 7nm FF?

Are Standard Cell Libs, Memories and Mixed-signal IP Availabe at 7nm FF?
by Eric Esteve on 05-05-2016 at 7:00 am

More than 500 designers (562) have responded to a survey made in 2015 by Synopsys. Answering to the question “What is the fastest clock speed of your design?” 56% have mentioned a clock higher than 500 MHz (and still 40% higher than 1 GHz). If you compare with the results obtained 10 years ago, the largest proportion of answers was for… Read More


DDR4 is a complex interface to verify — assistance needed!

DDR4 is a complex interface to verify — assistance needed!
by Tom Dillinger on 02-16-2016 at 7:00 am

The design of parallel interfaces is supposed to be (comparatively) easy — e.g., follow a few printed circuit board routing guidelines; pay attention to data/clock/strobe signal lengths and shielding; ensure good current return paths (avoid discontinuities); match the terminating resistances to the PCB trace impedance;… Read More


Interface IP year 2015: Winners and Losers

Interface IP year 2015: Winners and Losers
by Eric Esteve on 01-06-2016 at 1:00 pm

The global Interface IP market is still growing in 2015, no doubt about it. It’s interesting to zoom in the various protocols to check their respective behavior. Which protocol generates an IP business growing more than the average market? Which protocol generates a disappointing IP business? In other words, which are the winners… Read More