2018 Women in Engineering Achievement Award

2018 Women in Engineering Achievement Award
by Daniel Nenni on 05-02-2018 at 7:00 am

Having spent my entire thirty plus year career in semiconductors and design enablement I have seen quite a change in diversity. When I first started I remember thinking that height and weight was the only diversity here in Silicon Valley. My wife really noticed it when she attended her first Design Automation Conference in 1985 … Read More


Mentor Leads Emulation Innovation

Mentor Leads Emulation Innovation
by Daniel Nenni on 04-05-2018 at 8:00 am

Publishing eBooks on FPGA Prototyping and Emulation really was an eye opener for me as a long time EDA and IP professional. Both markets are considered EDA in the traditional sense but they are very much in the systems business with a lot of IP. Both markets are also growing very rapidly and operate side-by-side with complimentary… Read More


Webinar: Fastest Lowest-Cost Route to Developing ARM based Mixed Signal SoCs

Webinar: Fastest Lowest-Cost Route to Developing ARM based Mixed Signal SoCs
by Daniel Nenni on 03-28-2018 at 7:00 am

When it comes to building edge devices for the internet-of-things (IoT), you don’t want to have to break the bank to prototype an idea before diving into the deep water. At the same time, if your idea is to shrink an edge device down to it’s smallest dimensions, lowest power and lowest cost, you really want to be able to prototype your… Read More


Siemens Leverages Mentor Embedded IoT Framework for Industry 4.0

Siemens Leverages Mentor Embedded IoT Framework for Industry 4.0
by Daniel Nenni on 03-21-2018 at 7:00 am

For those of you who wondered at the logic behind Siemens acquisition of Mentor Graphics last year, look no further than a recent announcement by Mentor, now a Siemens business, regarding the release of their new Mentor Embedded IoT Framework (MEIF). To help connect the dots, we need to back up a bit and review a few things about how… Read More


Mentor Tessent MissionMode Provides Runtime DFT for Self-Correcting Automotive ICs

Mentor Tessent MissionMode Provides Runtime DFT for Self-Correcting Automotive ICs
by Mitch Heins on 02-22-2018 at 12:00 pm

The automotive industry continues push the limits on how “smart” we can make our vehicles and from that, it follows as to how smart we can make the electronics in the vehicles. When I think of smart cars (and smart automotive ICs) I typically think of things like advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that use AI and neural networks… Read More


SPIE 2018 Mentor Graphics Scott Jones and SemiWiki

SPIE 2018 Mentor Graphics Scott Jones and SemiWiki
by Daniel Nenni on 02-21-2018 at 7:00 am

Next week is SPIE, the leading lithography networking event here in Silicon Valley. Scott Jones is not only attending but also presenting at the 15th Annual LithoVision on Sunday. I will be at SPIE as well so if you want to meet up let us know. We will publish a blog on Scott’s presentation the morning of for those who cannot attend.… Read More


DVCon 2018 Mentor Graphics and SemiWiki

DVCon 2018 Mentor Graphics and SemiWiki
by Daniel Nenni on 02-19-2018 at 7:00 am

DVCon turns 30 this year which is a very big deal. My oldest child also turns 30 this year which really puts things in perspective looking back at what we have all accomplished during that time. DVCon originally started as a user’s group at the 1988 Design Automation Conference in Anaheim California and the rest as they say is history.… Read More


Emulation Methodology for Drones and Other Video-Intensive Multimedia SoCs

Emulation Methodology for Drones and Other Video-Intensive Multimedia SoCs
by Richard Pugh on 09-28-2017 at 12:00 pm

What do drones, augmented reality devices, and 4K UHD TV have in common? They all include complex system-on-chips (SoCs) that must encode and decode, in real-time, data for increasingly higher definition video content. Verifying that these SoC designs are functionally correct is quite complex, but they must also function efficiently… Read More


Walden Rhines on the Automotive Electronics Landscape

Walden Rhines on the Automotive Electronics Landscape
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-23-2017 at 8:00 am

Mentor President and CEO Walden Rhines gave a comprehensive overview of the automotive electronics landscape at the Mentor Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) in Plymouth, Mich., this week. A key focal point of Rhines’ comments was the twin industry disruptors: EVs and AVs.

A Texas Instruments alum, Rhines described… Read More


Why Open and Supported Interfaces Matter

Why Open and Supported Interfaces Matter
by Mitch Heins on 08-29-2017 at 12:00 pm

Back in the early 1980’s during the nascent years of electronic design automation (EDA), I worked at Texas Instruments supporting what would become their merchant ASIC business. Back then, life was a bit different. The challenge we faced was to make our ASIC library available on as many EDA flows as we could to give as many users as… Read More