Avoiding Fines for Semiconductor IP Leakage

Avoiding Fines for Semiconductor IP Leakage
by Daniel Payne on 12-24-2019 at 10:00 am

Percipient IPLM

In my semiconductor and EDA travels I’ve enjoyed visiting engineers across the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. I’ll never forget on one trip to South Korea where I was visiting a semiconductor company and upon reaching the lobby a security officer asked me to take out my laptop computer, because he wanted me to… Read More


Webinar Recap: IP Security Threats in your SoC

Webinar Recap: IP Security Threats in your SoC
by Daniel Payne on 11-28-2019 at 10:00 am

Methodics Security SoC

Three years ago my youngest son purchased a $17 smart watch on eBay, but then my oldest son read an article warning about how that watch would sync with your phone, then send all of your contact info to an address in China. My youngest son then wisely turned the watch off, and never used it again. Hackers have been able to spoof and hide Read More


Workflow Automation Applied to IP Lifecycle Management

Workflow Automation Applied to IP Lifecycle Management
by Daniel Payne on 10-04-2019 at 10:00 am

Methodics, Flowable

I often blog about a specific EDA tool, or an IP block, but the way that SoC design teams approach their designs and then use tools and IP can either be a manual, ad-hoc process, or part of something that is well-documented, following a design methodology. Back in the 1980’s while at Intel our team first created a design methodology… Read More


IP Lifecycle Management and Permissions

IP Lifecycle Management and Permissions
by Daniel Payne on 07-29-2019 at 10:00 am

Percipient IPLM

My first professional experience with computers and file permissions was at Intel in the late 1970s, where we used big iron IBM mainframes located far away in another state, and each user could edit their own files along with browse shared files from co-workers in the same department. I saw this same file permission concept when … Read More


Webinar Recap: IP Life Cycle Management and Traceability

Webinar Recap: IP Life Cycle Management and Traceability
by Daniel Payne on 05-22-2019 at 10:00 am

Earlier this month I attended a webinar organized by Methodics on the topic of IP life cycle management and traceability, with three presenters and a Q&A session at the end. I’ve worked with Michael Munsey before and he was the first presenter. Semiconductor IP creation and re-use is the foundation of all modern IC designs,… Read More


Webinar: ISO 26262 Compliance

Webinar: ISO 26262 Compliance
by Daniel Payne on 05-02-2019 at 12:00 pm

To me the major idea of ISO 26262 compliance is ensuring that requirements can be traced throughout the entire design and verification process, including the use of IP blocks. The first market application that comes to mind with ISO 26262 is automotive, with its emphasis on safety because human lives are at stake. Since necessity… Read More


Cloud-based Functional Verification

Cloud-based Functional Verification
by Daniel Payne on 04-08-2019 at 12:00 pm

The big three EDA vendors are constantly putting more of their tools in the cloud in order to speed up the design and verification process for chip designers, but how do engineering teams approach using the cloud for functional verification tests and regressions? At the recent Cadence user group meeting (CDNLive) there was a presentation… Read More


Using IP in a SoC Compliant with ISO 26262

Using IP in a SoC Compliant with ISO 26262
by Daniel Payne on 11-19-2018 at 12:00 pm

The automotive segment is being well served by semiconductor suppliers of all sizes because of the unit volumes, and the constant push to automate more of the driving decisions to silicon and software can raise lots of questions about safety, reliability and trust. Fortunately the ISO standards body has already put in place a functional… Read More


IP Management Using both Git and Methodics

IP Management Using both Git and Methodics
by Daniel Payne on 09-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

I use Quicken to manage my business and personal finances because it saves me so much time by downloading all of my transactions from Chase for credit card, Amazon for credit card, Wells Fargo for banking and Schwab for IRA. Likewise, for IP management in SoC design you want an app like Quicken that plays well with other tools that you… Read More


Rethinking IP Lifecycle Management

Rethinking IP Lifecycle Management
by Daniel Payne on 10-18-2017 at 12:00 pm

We recently saw both Apple and Samsung introduce new smart phones, and realize that the annual race to introduce sophisticated devices that are attractive and differentiated is highly competitive. If either of these companies misses a market window then fortunes can quickly change. SoCs with billions of transistors like smart… Read More