New Mixed-Signal Simulation Features from Siemens EDA at DAC

New Mixed-Signal Simulation Features from Siemens EDA at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 07-13-2022 at 10:00 am

Symphony Pro for mixed-signal verification

It’s the second day of DAC, and the announcements are coming in at a fast pace, so stay tuned to SemiWiki for all of the latest details. As a long-time SPICE user and industry follower, I’ve witnessed the progression as EDA vendors have connected their SPICE simulators to digital simulators, opening up a bigger world… Read More


Faster Time to RTL Simulation Using Incremental Build Flows

Faster Time to RTL Simulation Using Incremental Build Flows
by Daniel Payne on 01-31-2022 at 10:00 am

lump sum build min

I’ve been following Neil Johnson on Twitter and LinkedIn for several years now, as he has written and shared so much about the IC design and verification process, both as a consultant and working at EDA vendors. His recent white paper for Siemens EDA caught my eye, so I took the time to read through the 10 page document to learn… Read More


DAC 2021 – Siemens EDA talks about using the Cloud

DAC 2021 – Siemens EDA talks about using the Cloud
by Daniel Payne on 12-21-2021 at 10:00 am

Craig Johnson

My third event at DAC on Monday was all about using EDA tools in the Cloud, and so I listened to Craig Johnson, VP EDA Cloud Solutions, Siemens EDA. Early in the day I heard from Joe Sawicki, Siemens EDA, on the topic of Digitalization.

Why even use the Cloud for EDA? That’s a fair question to ask, and Craig had several high-level… Read More


AMS IC Designers need Full Tool Flows

AMS IC Designers need Full Tool Flows
by Daniel Payne on 08-31-2021 at 10:00 am

AMS tool flow min

Digital IC design gets a lot of attention, because all of our modern devices primarily use digital logic, but in reality whenever you have a sensor like a camera,  accelerometer, gyroscope or any radio like Bluetooth, WiFi or NFC, then you’re really in the realm of analog, and that’s where mixed-signal  IC design comes… Read More


Probing UPF Dynamic Objects

Probing UPF Dynamic Objects
by Tom Simon on 01-28-2021 at 6:00 am

Probing UPF Dynamic Objects

UPF was created to go beyond what HDL can do for managing on-chip power. HDLs are agnostic when it comes to dealing with supply & ground connections, power domains, level shifters, retention and other power management related elements of SoCs. UPF fills the breach allowing designers to specify in detail what parts of the design… Read More


Verification IP proves essential for PCIe GEN5

Verification IP proves essential for PCIe GEN5
by Tom Simon on 12-08-2020 at 6:00 am

PCIe Verification IP

PCI Express (PCIe) has become an important communication element in a wide range of systems. It is used to connect networking, storage, FPGA and GPGPU boards to servers and desktop systems. It has progressed a long way from its initial parallel bus format. Its evolution to a serial point to point configuration has been accompanied… Read More


Mentor at DVCON 2020!

Mentor at DVCON 2020!
by Daniel Nenni on 02-17-2020 at 6:00 am

DVCon 2020 SemiWiki

Are you ready for the premier conference for functional design and verification of electronic systems?

Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, DVCon is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating design and verification standards required by systems, semiconductor, intellectual property (IP)… Read More


Mentor’s Questa verification tools now run on 64-bit ARM based servers

Mentor’s Questa verification tools now run on 64-bit ARM based servers
by Tom Simon on 10-10-2019 at 10:00 am

The server market has been undergoing changes in the last few years. The traditional go-to for server processors had been x86 based chips from Intel or AMD. However, if you go on Amazon AWS looking for EC2 instances, you will see the “A1” instance type, which is an ARM based instance. This is not what you might think at first. The A1 instance… Read More


MENTOR at DVCON 2019

MENTOR at DVCON 2019
by Daniel Nenni on 02-04-2019 at 7:00 am

The semiconductor conference season has started out strong and the premier verification gathering is coming up at the end of this month. SemiWiki bloggers, myself included, will be at the conference covering verification so you don’t have to. Verification is consuming more and more of the design cycle so I expect this event to … Read More


Mentor’s Symphony in Tune with AMS Designer Needs

Mentor’s Symphony in Tune with AMS Designer Needs
by Tom Simon on 11-14-2018 at 12:00 pm

Mixed signal simulation is a very hot topic these days. In modern designs, it is harder to draw a line between the analog and digital and work with them independently. Analog blocks are showing up everywhere. Even in what would have qualified as a digital design a few years ago, now designers need to look at things like PLLs, IOs and … Read More