Free webinar – Accelerating data processing with FPGA fabrics and NoCs

Free webinar – Accelerating data processing with FPGA fabrics and NoCs
by Tom Simon on 10-14-2019 at 10:00 am

FPGAs have always been a great way to add performance to a system. They are capable of parallel processing and have the added bonus of reprogramability. Achronix has helped boost their utility by offering on-chip embedded FPGA fabric for integration into SoCs. This has had the effect of boosting data rates through these systems… Read More


An evolution in FPGAs

An evolution in FPGAs
by Tom Simon on 05-24-2019 at 5:00 am

Why does it seem like current FPGA devices work very much like the original telephone systems with exchanges where workers connected calls using cords and plugs? Achronix thinks it is now time to jettison Switch Blocks and adopt a new approach. Their motivation is to improve the suitability of FPGAs to machine learning applications,… Read More


Leveraging AI to help build AI SOCs

Leveraging AI to help build AI SOCs
by Tom Simon on 06-25-2018 at 12:00 pm

When I first started working in the semiconductor industry back in 1982, I realized that there was a race going on between the complexity of the system being designed and the capabilities of the technology in the tools and systems used to design them. The technology used to design the next generation of hardware was always lagging… Read More


Artificial Intelligence calls for Smart Interconnect

Artificial Intelligence calls for Smart Interconnect
by Tom Simon on 04-18-2018 at 7:00 am

Artificial Intelligence based systems are driving a metamorphosis in computing, and consequently precipitating a large shift in SOC design. AI training is often done in the cloud and has requirements for handling huge amounts of data with forward and backward data connections. Inference usually occurs at the edge and must be… Read More


AI Based Software Designing AI Based Hardware – Autonomous Automotive SoC Platform

AI Based Software Designing AI Based Hardware – Autonomous Automotive SoC Platform
by Mitch Heins on 10-10-2017 at 12:00 pm

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For those of you who missed the NetSpeed Systems, Imagination Technologies webinar, “Alexa, can you help me build a better SoC”, you’ll be happy to hear that the session was recorded and can still be viewed (see link at the bottom of this page). I’ll warn you now however, that this was a high-bandwidth session packed … Read More


Automotive System Reliability – ISO 26262 impacts IP and Tools

Automotive System Reliability – ISO 26262 impacts IP and Tools
by Tom Simon on 08-03-2017 at 7:00 am

If you have been following the topic of ISO 26262, you now realize that IP, or even EDA design tools, developed with the highest quality standards still can’t be ISO 26262 certified. Recently I had a conversation with Kurt Shuler from Arteris about this topic. He is VP of Marketing at Arteris, and he is also on several ISO 26262 technical… Read More


NetSpeed’s Pegasus Last-Level Cache IP Improves SoC Performance and Reduces Latency

NetSpeed’s Pegasus Last-Level Cache IP Improves SoC Performance and Reduces Latency
by Mitch Heins on 07-17-2017 at 7:00 am

Memory is always a critical resource for a System-on-Chip (SoC) design. It seems like designers are always wanting more memory, and the memory they have is never fast enough to keep up with the processors, especially when using multi-core processors and GPUs. To complicate matters, today’s SoC architectures tend to share memory… Read More


NetSpeed Taking a Ride with Autonomous Automobiles

NetSpeed Taking a Ride with Autonomous Automobiles
by Mitch Heins on 04-24-2017 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedThe push for autonomous automobiles continues at a rapid pace. Last week a new conference was held in Santa Clara, CA by the Linley Group focused on Autonomous Hardware. The group included presentations from GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, Synopsys, NetSpeed Systems, Arteris, EMBC, Cadence, CEVA, ARM and Trilumina covering… Read More


Improved Timing Closure for Network-on-Chip based SOC’s

Improved Timing Closure for Network-on-Chip based SOC’s
by Tom Simon on 03-09-2017 at 12:00 pm

Network on chip (NoC) already has a long list of compelling reasons driving its use in large SOC designs. However, this week Arteris introduced their PIANO 2.0 software that provides an even more compelling reason to use their FlexNoC architecture. Let’s recap. Arteris FlexNoC gives SOC architects and designers a powerful tool… Read More


Automotive OEMs Get Boost as NetSpeed NoC is Certified ISO 26262 Ready

Automotive OEMs Get Boost as NetSpeed NoC is Certified ISO 26262 Ready
by Mitch Heins on 03-07-2017 at 12:00 pm

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I read with great interest today news from NetSpeed Systems that both their Gemini and Orion NoC IPs have been certified ISO 26262 ASIL D ready. They were certified by SGS-TUV Saar GmbH, an independent accredited assessor. This is a big deal as up till now, it was left up to the OEMs to do most of the heavily lifting to qualify… Read More