Compositions allow NoCs to connect easier

Compositions allow NoCs to connect easier
by Don Dingee on 01-27-2014 at 6:00 pm

I blame it on Henry Ford, William Levitt, and the NY State Board of Regents, among others. We went through a phase with this irresistible urge to stamp out blocks of sameness, creating mass produced clones of everything from cars to houses to students.

Thank goodness, that’s pretty much over. The thinking of simplifying system design… Read More


5 Rules of Power Management Using NoCs

5 Rules of Power Management Using NoCs
by Paul McLellan on 11-18-2013 at 4:30 pm

If it has escaped your notice that power management on SoCs is important then you need to get out more. Increasingly, the complexity of the interconnect between the various processors, memories, offload processors, devices, interfaces and other blocks means that the best way to implement it is to use a network on chip (NoC). But… Read More


Qualcomm and Arteris: the CEO Speaks

Qualcomm and Arteris: the CEO Speaks
by Paul McLellan on 10-31-2013 at 5:25 pm

Arteris finally announced this morning, as rumored, that Qualcomm is acquiring “certain technology assets” and hired personnel formerly employed by Arteris. The financial terms were not disclosed.

I talked to Charlie Janac, the CEO, today. The first thing I asked him is why such a convoluted deal, I’ve never… Read More


Qualcomm Arteris deal

Qualcomm Arteris deal
by Eric Esteve on 10-31-2013 at 10:32 am

Is it really a surprise if Qualcomm, the undisputed leader of Application Processor (AP) and BaseBand (BB) IC for wireless mobile, already one of the Arteris investors (with ARM, Synopsys, Docomo Capital and a bunch of VC), eventually acquires the best NoC IP technology (the technology, the engineering team and the rights, but… Read More


Open Letter from Sonics to Arteris

Open Letter from Sonics to Arteris
by Paul McLellan on 10-27-2013 at 2:00 pm

I don’t remember seeing an open letter from one EDA or IP company to another until today. Sonics have published an open letter to Charlie Janac, the CEO of Arteris. What seems to have happened is that Arteris have sold their assets to Qualcomm and the development team (which is based in France) and several AEs are already Qualcomm… Read More


History of SoC Interconnect Fabric

History of SoC Interconnect Fabric
by Eric Esteve on 10-14-2013 at 4:18 am

I just read this very interesting article posted by Kurt Shuler from Arteris, describing the “History of SoC Interconnect Fabric” and explaining why the SC industry needs an advanced approach, named the “fourth phase of the Interconnect Fabric history” in the article. Kurt’s point of view is that in the past the SoC interconnect… Read More


How to reduce routing congestion in large Application Processor SoC?

How to reduce routing congestion in large Application Processor SoC?
by Eric Esteve on 07-14-2013 at 10:22 am

Application Processor SoC integrates more and more functions, generation after generation, challenging performance, cost, power efficiency, reliability, and time-to-market. But the maximum die size can’t increase, at least because of the constraints linked with wafer production, manufacturability, yield and finally… Read More


Swap and Play Extended To Chip Fabric and Memory Controllers

Swap and Play Extended To Chip Fabric and Memory Controllers
by Paul McLellan on 06-16-2013 at 9:08 am

Virtual platforms enable software development to take place on a model of an electronic system. What everyone would like is models that are fast and accurate but that is simply not possible. Fast models are fast because they don’t model everything at the signal level. And accurate models get to be accurate by handling a lot of detail… Read More


Sonics-ARM Form A Potent IP Combination

Sonics-ARM Form A Potent IP Combination
by Randy Smith on 05-13-2013 at 1:30 pm

Recently, Sonics and ARM entered into an agreement whereby ARM licensed a significant portion of Sonics’ patent portfolio. Sonics, Inc. is one of the leading providers of connectivity IP often referred to as network-on-chip, or NoC. ARM is the leading provider of processor intellectual property (IP). The potential scope… Read More


(Must Read) Arteris Blog activity: IP, 20 nm node and CTO interview

(Must Read) Arteris Blog activity: IP, 20 nm node and CTO interview
by Eric Esteve on 04-30-2013 at 8:10 pm

I just read three very interesting blogs from Arteris. In the first “The Semiconductor Industry Needs an IP Switzerland”, Kurt Shuler, VP of Marketing for Arteris, enjoys about the fact that four big IP players (ARM, Synopsys, Imagination and Cadence) are emerging after years of fragmentation within the semiconductor IP industry.… Read More