The rising complexity of modern SoC designs, as enabled by progressing manufacturing technology, leads to an increasing validation challenge as the only way to manage complexity increase is by re-using more pre-designed IP blocks. These IP-blocks are provided by various suppliers such as a foundry partner, internal design… Read More
We just completed a run through of the upcoming IP & Library QA webinar that I am moderating with Fractal and let me tell you it is a must see for management level Semiconductor Design and Semiconductor IP companies as well as the Foundries. Seriously, if you are an IP company you had better be up on the latest QA checks if you want … Read More
Fractal is another one of those very successful emerging EDA companies that you don’t read a lot about, except on SemiWiki. Rene Donkers is co-founder and CEO of Fractal Technologies, a company addressing IP quality assurance. This is a niche in the SoC tooling market that deserves some justification. Why not use an IP as-is… Read More
At the #53DAC earlier this month held in Austin, Texas I met up with Renee Donkers, the founder of Fractal Technologies. His company has been focused on improving the quality of semiconductor IP cells through the use of automated checking software. The highest area of growth in EDA as measured by the ESD Alliance is in the reusable… Read More
In an ever growing world of IPs, it’s essential that a tool which vouches to simplify designer’s job of IP development and help improving its quality remains versatile to encompass various formats, databases, common data models, standard libraries, scripting etc. that are used in the development of IPs and their exchange between… Read More
Every SoC team uses libraries of cells to get their new product to market quicker: Standard Cells, IO Cells and Hard IP blocks. One immediate question that comes to my mind is, “How clean are these cells?” Validating your cell libraries first makes sense, and will ensure that there are fewer surprises as your chip gets… Read More
In the EDA world we use hyphens quite often to describe our technical approaches, like: DFM-aware, Power-aware, Variation-aware. I just read a white papertoday on the topic of Quality-Aware IP Design Flows, written by Fractal Technologies. If your group creates IP or re-uses IP, then there’s always the question about … Read More
Semiconductor IP continues to grow in use for SoC design, and many chips can now use hundreds of IP blocks from multiple vendors. Validating the quality of the IP blocks is an important step in the design process, and you could perform manual validation and inspection of each new IP block at the expense of time and engineering effort.… Read More
Imagine that you’re working in a CAD group and just received a new library of a few hundred IP blocks and you needed to know if these blocks conform to your design and quality standards. There are many questions about library and IP quality:
- Are all of the views consistent (layout, schematic, HDL, test, timing, SPICE)?
- Are there
The building blocks for every SoC are standard cell libraries that are assembled, designed and verified together. But how do we really know if all the data formats used during design are correct and consistent? To answer that question I spoke with Johan Peetersof Fractal Technologiesat DAC.