IP-XACT The Answer for IP Reuse

IP-XACT The Answer for IP Reuse
by Tom Simon on 04-09-2019 at 7:00 am

To a lawyer, the term intellectual property means just about anything intangible that has value. However, when you bring that term up in the context of semiconductor design, it means something pretty specific to most people. Yet the implied meaning of the term intellectual property (IP) within the semiconductor field has changed… Read More


The Latest in Parasitic Netlist Reduction and Visualization

The Latest in Parasitic Netlist Reduction and Visualization
by Tom Dillinger on 10-22-2018 at 12:00 pm

The user group events held by EDA companies offer a unique opportunity to hear from designers and CAD engineers who are actually using the EDA tools “in the trenches”. Some user presentations are pretty straightforward – e.g., providing a quality-of-results (QoR) design comparison when invoking a new tool feature added to a recent… Read More


55DAC Trip Report IP Quality

55DAC Trip Report IP Quality
by Daniel Nenni on 07-09-2018 at 7:00 am

This year I signed books in the Fractal booth (compliments of Fractal) and let me tell you it was quite an experience. IP quality is a very touchy subject and the source of many more tape-out delays than I had imagined. As it turns out, commercial IP is the biggest offender which makes no sense to me whatsoever. Even more shocking, one… Read More


Scoreboard and Issues Management Tools for PCB Projects

Scoreboard and Issues Management Tools for PCB Projects
by Tom Dillinger on 01-16-2018 at 12:00 pm

The complexity of an SoC design necessitates that the project managers have accurate visibility into the overall design status, spanning the entire range of tasks – from functional simulation error triage, to physical layout verification errors, to electrical analysis results. Flow scripts used by SoC teams parse the log file… Read More


Arm TechCon Preview with the Foundries!

Arm TechCon Preview with the Foundries!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-23-2017 at 9:00 am

Image RemovedThis week Dr. Eric Esteve, Dr. Bernard Murphy, and I will be blogging live from Arm TechCon. It really looks like it will be a great conference so you should see some interesting blogs in the coming days. One of the topics I am interested in this year is foundation IP and I will tell you why.

During the fabless transformation… Read More


Something New in IP Lifecycle Management

Something New in IP Lifecycle Management
by Daniel Payne on 07-19-2017 at 12:00 pm

Last month at DAC I met up with Michael Munsey of Methodics to get a quick update on what has been happening over the past 12 months within his company, and he quickly invited me to watch an archived webinar on their latest tool for IP Lifecycle Management called Percipient. I love to play the board game Scrabble, so i had to Google the … Read More


Webinar on TFT and FPD Design

Webinar on TFT and FPD Design
by Daniel Payne on 05-11-2017 at 12:00 pm

I knew that the acronym for TFT meant Thin Film Transistors, but I hadn’t heard that FPD stands for Flat Panel Detectors. It turns out the FPD are solid-state sensors used in x-ray applications, similar in operation to image sensors for digital photography and video. I’ll be attending and blogging about what I learn… Read More


TSMC Design Platforms Driving Next-Gen Applications

TSMC Design Platforms Driving Next-Gen Applications
by Daniel Nenni on 03-03-2017 at 7:00 am

Coming up is the 23rd annual TSMC Technology Symposium where you can get first-hand updates on advanced and specialty technologies, advanced backend capabilities, future development plans, and network with hundreds of TSMC’s customers and partners. This year the Silicon Valley event kicks off at the Santa Clara Convention… Read More


CEO Interview: David Dutton of Silvaco

CEO Interview: David Dutton of Silvaco
by Daniel Nenni on 01-30-2017 at 7:00 am

Silvaco has undergone one of the most impressive EDA transformations so it was a pleasure to interview the man behind it. David Dutton’s 30+ year career started at Intel, Maxim, and Mattson Technology where he led the company’s turnaround and finished as President, CEO, and board member. David joined Silvaco as CEO… Read More