ARM TechCon 2015 was another tour de force for ARM and its ecosystem. Besides some of the developments in mobile, IoT, and security (more coming soon in the Epilogue of “Mobile Unleashed”), there were two topics that I found very educational and will cover in blogs this week. One was how the Mali family is powering more than just mobile… Read More
Synopsys Aquires Security IP Company Elliptic
On Monday Synopsys announced that it was acquiring Elliptic Technologies. They have one of the largest portfolios of security IP consisting of both semiconductor IP blocks and software. Increasingly, security requires a multi-layer approach involving both secure blocks on the chip and a software stack on top of that.
Elliptic’s… Read More
Verifying DRC Decks and Design Rule Specifications
DRVerify is part of the iDRM design rule compiler platform from Sage DA, something that I have been personally involved with for the past three years. DRVerify is mainly used to verify third party design rule check (DRC) decks and ensure that they correctly, completely and accurately represent the design rule specification. In… Read More
Avoiding layout related variability issues
In advanced process technologies, electrical and timing problems due to variability can become a big issue. Due to various processing effects, a circuit performance (both speed and power) is dependent on specific layout attributes and can vary a lot from instance to instance. The accumulated effects can be severe to the point… Read More
iDRM Brings Design Rules to Life!
Much awaited, automatic tool for DRM (Design Rule Manual) and DRC (Design Rule Check) deck creation is here now! I am particularly excited to know about this because I had been hearing for its need (in different context) from the designers with whom I was working to improve their design productivity through the use of our EDA tools… Read More