Multi-Level Debugging Made Easy for SoC Development

Multi-Level Debugging Made Easy for SoC Development
by Pawan Fangaria on 03-01-2016 at 7:00 am

An SoC can have a collection of multiple blocks and IPs from different sources integrated together along with several other analog and digital components within a native environment. The IPs can be at different levels of abstractions; their RTL descriptions can be in different languages such as Verilog, VHDL, or SystemVerilog.… Read More


Exploring IP You Didn’t Design Yourself

Exploring IP You Didn’t Design Yourself
by Paul McLellan on 03-17-2015 at 7:00 am

Starvision Pro from Concept Engineering is a bit like one of those Leatherman multi-tools, it has a huge number of different functions, some of them fairly specialized but nonetheless incredibly useful. Many of these functions are unique to Starvision Pro, with nothing else like it on the market. Some new videos, produced by EDA… Read More


StarVision to Debug and Analyze Designs at All Levels

StarVision to Debug and Analyze Designs at All Levels
by Pawan Fangaria on 10-09-2014 at 4:00 pm

In today’s SoC world where multiple analog and digital blocks along with IPs at different levels of abstractions are placed together on a single chip, debugging at all levels becomes quite difficult and clumsy. While one is working at the top level and needs to investigate a particular connection at an intermediate hierarchical… Read More


Ten Innovative Debugging Techniques – Pre & Post Layout

Ten Innovative Debugging Techniques – Pre & Post Layout
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-21-2014 at 8:00 pm

In a complex world of SoCs with multi-million gates and IPs from several heterogeneous sources, verification of a complete semiconductor design has become extremely difficult, and it’s not enough. In order to ascertain the right intent of the design throughout the design cycle, debugging at various stages of the design cycle… Read More


Customization can add extraordinary power to your tool

Customization can add extraordinary power to your tool
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-16-2014 at 4:30 pm

In EDA arena we often find companies providing customization platforms along with the tools they offer to their customers. I admire such companies because they equip the end users of a tool to extend its functionality as they like according to their environment, thus increasing the designer productivity significantly. And I… Read More


Mark your Date for Semiconductor Design Vision

Mark your Date for Semiconductor Design Vision
by Pawan Fangaria on 03-13-2014 at 4:30 am

A very popular acronym is ‘WYSIWYG’ – What You See Is What You Get! This is very true and is important to visualize things to make it better in various aspects such as aesthetics, compactness, organization, structure, understandable for correction and so on; the most important, in case of semiconductor design, is being able to identify… Read More


Mixed-Signal SoC Debugging & IP Integration Made Easy

Mixed-Signal SoC Debugging & IP Integration Made Easy
by Pawan Fangaria on 02-28-2014 at 7:30 am

A semiconductor SoC design can have multiple components at different levels of abstractions from different sources and in different languages. While designing an SoC, IPs at different levels have to be integrated without losing the overall design goals. Of course, quality of an IP inside and outside of an SoC must be tested thoroughly.… Read More


Parasitic Debugging in Complex Design – How Easy?

Parasitic Debugging in Complex Design – How Easy?
by Pawan Fangaria on 01-23-2014 at 9:00 am

When we talk about parasitic, we talk about post layout design further expanded in terms of electrical components such as resistances and capacitances. In the semiconductor design environment where multiple parts of a design from different sources are assembled together into highly complex, high density SoC, imagine how complex… Read More


Mixed Signal SOC verification Webinar

Mixed Signal SOC verification Webinar
by Daniel Payne on 07-16-2013 at 8:29 pm

When looking at the time to design and verify an SoC we’ve known for many years now that the verification effort requires more time than the design process. So anything that will shorten the verification effort will have the biggest impact on keeping your project on schedule.

A second trend is the amount of Analog content in… Read More


Visually Debugging IC Designs for AMS and Mixed-Languages

Visually Debugging IC Designs for AMS and Mixed-Languages
by Daniel Payne on 03-12-2013 at 4:18 pm

With an HDL-based design methodology many IC engineers code in text languages like SystemVerilog and VHDL, so it’s only natural to use a text-based debug methodology. The expression that, “A picture is worth a thousand words” comes to my mind and in this case a visual debug approach is worth considering for … Read More