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


Fractal Technologies Joins TSMC Open Innovation Platform EDA Alliance

Fractal Technologies Joins TSMC Open Innovation Platform EDA Alliance
by Daniel Nenni on 06-18-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedIn case you missed it, Fractal is now officially part of the TSMC EDA Alliance. Fractal Crossfire is the leading IP and Library QA tool used by TSMC and many of TSMC’s customers so this is for the greater IP good, absolutely. Fractal has also released a new white paper “Setup Generation for Fractal Crossfire” that we can… Read More


Cross View Static Validation

Cross View Static Validation
by Alex Tan on 05-08-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image Removed Improper handling of design validation could simply translate into a debugging exercise. In mainstream RTL2GDS flow, design implementation involves a top-level integration and lower-level block developments. These lower-level components, comprising of macros, IPs and standard cells are subjected to frequent… Read More


DRC Concept for IP Qualification and SoC Integration

DRC Concept for IP Qualification and SoC Integration
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-30-2016 at 7:00 am

In the history of semiconductor design and manufacturing, the age-old concept of DRC rule-deck qualification for handshake between design and manufacturing still applies strongly to produce working silicon. In fact, DRC clean GDSII works as the de facto golden gate between a design and a foundry for manufacturing the chip for… Read More


IP Development in Japan

IP Development in Japan
by Pawan Fangaria on 01-07-2016 at 12:00 pm

As semiconductor IP is growing bigger in size and more complex in providing complete solution for a particular functionality in an SoC, regions from across the world are joining to provide various types of services in the overall value-chain of IP development, verification, and its integration into SoCs. … Read More


Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data

Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data
by Pawan Fangaria on 12-17-2015 at 7:00 am

With every new technology node, there are newer physical effects that need to be taken into account. And every new physical effect brings with itself several new formats to model them. Often a format is also associated with several of its derivatives, sometimes an standard reincarnation of a proprietary format further evolved… Read More


Nine Cost Considerations to Keep IP Relevant –Part2

Nine Cost Considerations to Keep IP Relevant –Part2
by Pawan Fangaria on 10-06-2015 at 7:00 am

In the first part of this article I wrote about four types of costs which must be considered when an IP goes through design differentiation, customization, characterization, and selection and evaluation for acquisition. In this part of the article, I will discuss about the other five types of costs which must be considered to enhance… Read More


Foolproof Your IP before it Stumbles in Higher-up Design

Foolproof Your IP before it Stumbles in Higher-up Design
by Pawan Fangaria on 08-06-2015 at 4:00 pm

SoC designs are increasingly becoming assemblies of a large number of IP blocks. A well integrated assembly can lead to a successful PPA (Power, Performance and Area) optimized design. However, it is equally important that each IP block is optimized, robust, and integrable in the design. The complexity of an IP and its integration… Read More


An Universe of Formats for IP Validation

An Universe of Formats for IP Validation
by Pawan Fangaria on 06-19-2015 at 4:30 pm

Although I knew about Crossfire’s capabilities for signing off quality of an IP before its integration into an SoC, there was much more to learn about this tool when I visited Fractal Technologies booth during this DAC. The complexity handled by this tool to qualify any type of IP for its integration into an SoC can be imagined by the… Read More


Fractal at DAC 2015 – What’s new?

Fractal at DAC 2015 – What’s new?
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-01-2015 at 1:00 pm

I have been observing Fractal Technologiesexhibiting at DACyear after year, and every year they have demonstrated good value added features in their tools for SoC and IP development. This year at 52[SUP]nd[/SUP] DAC Fractal’s booth number is 1110. Earlier in this year Fractal had added a new ‘Cdiff’ feature in its flagship product… Read More