Improving Library Characterization with Machine Learning!

Improving Library Characterization with Machine Learning!
by Daniel Nenni on 12-04-2018 at 7:00 am

For SOC designers that are waiting for library models the saying “give me liberty or give me death” is especially apropos. Without libraries to support the timing flow, SOC design progress can grind to a halt. As is often the case, more than just a few PVT corners are needed. Years ago, corners were what the term sounded like – the 4 corners… Read More


Hard IP for an embedded FPGA

Hard IP for an embedded FPGA
by Tom Dillinger on 04-30-2018 at 12:00 pm

As Moore’s Law enables increased integration, the diversity of functionality in SoC designs has grown. Design teams are seeking to utilize outside technical expertise in key functional areas, and to accelerate their productivity by re-using existing designs that others have developed. The Intellectual Property (IP) industry… Read More


Project Management Tools for Analog IP Verification

Project Management Tools for Analog IP Verification
by Tom Dillinger on 09-05-2017 at 12:00 pm

Large SoC design teams typically have a cadre of project managers to oversee all facets of functional verification — e.g., specification, reviews, directed testbench development, automated (pseudorandom) testcase generation, HDL coverage measurement and reporting, and bug identification/tracking database management.… Read More


System Implementation Connectivity Verification and Analysis, Including Advanced Package Designs

System Implementation Connectivity Verification and Analysis, Including Advanced Package Designs
by Tom Dillinger on 06-08-2017 at 4:00 pm

Regular Semiwiki readers are aware of the rapid emergence of various (multi-die) advanced package technologies, such as: FOWLP (e.g., Amkor’s SWIFT, TSMC’s InFO); 2D die placement on a rigid substrate (e.g., TSMC’s CoWoS); and, 2.5D “stacked die” with vertical vias (e.g., any of the High Bandwidth Memory,… Read More


TSMC Design Enablement Update

TSMC Design Enablement Update
by Tom Dillinger on 04-10-2017 at 12:00 pm

A couple of recent semiwiki articles reviewed highlights of the annual TSMC Technical Symposium recently held in Santa Clara (links here, here, and here). One of the captivating sessions at every symposium is the status of the Design Enablement for emerging technologies, presented at this year’s event by Suk Lee, Senior… Read More


What’s better than silicon-proven IP? Lab bench-proven!

What’s better than silicon-proven IP? Lab bench-proven!
by Tom Dillinger on 03-17-2017 at 12:00 pm

The SoC industry depends upon the availability of validated IP. SoC designs require a huge investment, and assume the external IP that is licensed from outside parties satisfies all functional and electrical specifications. To support that requirement, IP providers typically pursue a strategy to demonstrate their designs… Read More


CEO Interview: Srinath Anantharaman of ClioSoft

CEO Interview: Srinath Anantharaman of ClioSoft
by Daniel Nenni on 02-20-2017 at 7:00 am

It will soon be 20 years since ClioSoft started its journey of selling design management software for the semiconductor industry. It was a slow start considering that designs were relatively small and only digital front-end designers had begun to realize the importance of version control and design management. With open source… Read More


CTO Interview: Peter Theunis of Methodics

CTO Interview: Peter Theunis of Methodics
by Daniel Nenni on 02-06-2017 at 7:00 am

Fascinated by computers at a very young age, Peter got his degree in Computer Science and was brought to the Bay Area via AIESEC Berkeley’s student exchange program to write his thesis. He has now more than 15 years of professional experience in software engineering, large scale systems architecture and data center engineering… Read More