Next Generation Formal Technology to Boost Verification

Next Generation Formal Technology to Boost Verification
by Pawan Fangaria on 06-08-2015 at 12:00 pm

With growing complexities and sizes of SoCs, verification has become a key challenge for design closure. There isn’t a single methodology that can provide complete verification closure for an SoC. Moreover creation of verification environment including hardware, software, testbench and testcases requires significant … Read More


Cadence Results: Good but Palladium under Price Pressure

Cadence Results: Good but Palladium under Price Pressure
by Paul McLellan on 07-21-2014 at 10:00 pm

Cadence announced their 2Q results this afternoon. I listened to the conference call.

You can read all the details of the results in the press release but the big picture is:

  • Revenue $379K, net income $23M GAAP or $64M non-GAAP (8, 21c per share, beat estimates by 1c). Equivalent quarter last year was $362M so less than 5% increase)
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Palladium’s Little Brother Protium

Palladium’s Little Brother Protium
by Paul McLellan on 07-17-2014 at 8:00 am

Today, Cadence announced Protium, a new FPGA prototyping platform for software development. During development of an SoC, the most appropriate methodology changes. In the early days, developing RTL, the primary tool is simulation. Then, as the blocks get bigger or as the whole chip starts to come together, typically simulation… Read More


nVidia: Virtual Platform/Emulation Hybrid

nVidia: Virtual Platform/Emulation Hybrid
by Paul McLellan on 11-05-2013 at 11:57 am

I was the VP marketing at VaST Systems Technology and then at Virtutech. Both companies sold virtual platform technology which consisted of two parts:

  • an extremely fast processor emulation technology that actually worked by doing a binary translation of the target binary code (e.g. an ARM) into the native instruction set of the
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Cadence’s System-to-Silicon Verification Summit

Cadence’s System-to-Silicon Verification Summit
by Randy Smith on 10-06-2013 at 6:00 pm

At this year’s DAC, I spoke with several friends at Cadence. I got the distinct impression that something at Cadence had changed. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment that it seems to me had drifted away over the years. Now employees were speaking with true conviction about the accomplishments of the product development… Read More


Cadence Introduces Palladium XP II

Cadence Introduces Palladium XP II
by Paul McLellan on 09-09-2013 at 8:00 pm

Well, despite all the arguments in the blogosphere about what process node palladium’s silicon is, and whether the design team is competent, and why it reports into sales…Cadence has announced their latest big revision of Palladium. Someone seems to be able to get things done. Of course it is bigger and faster and … Read More