Shifting Left with Static and Formal Verification

Shifting Left with Static and Formal Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 12-14-2017 at 7:00 am

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last several years, by now you know that “Shift Left” is a big priority in product design and delivery, and particularly in verification. Within the semiconductor industry I believe Intel coined this term as early as 2002, though it seems now to be popular throughout all forms of technology… Read More


Webinar: Understanding Clock Gating Metrics for SpyGlass Power

Webinar: Understanding Clock Gating Metrics for SpyGlass Power
by Bernard Murphy on 09-07-2017 at 4:00 pm

Clock gating is one of the simplest ways to reduce dynamic power in a design. By turning off the clock on a register which is busy doing nothing useful you can eliminate pointless switching power in that register and also in much or all of the following fanout cone of combinational logic. In this way, judicious gating can extend battery… Read More


Domain Crossing Verification Needs Continue to Grow

Domain Crossing Verification Needs Continue to Grow
by Bernard Murphy on 01-29-2016 at 4:00 pm

Clock domain crossing (CDC) analysis has been around for many years, initially as special checks in verification or static timing analysis, but it fairly quickly diverged into specialized tools focused just on this problem. CDC checks are important because (a) you can lose data or even lock up at, or downstream of a poorly-handled… Read More


Perfecting the Great Verification Fugue

Perfecting the Great Verification Fugue
by Bernard Murphy on 11-03-2015 at 7:00 am

Michael Sanie (Senior Director Marketing in the Synopsys Verification Group) gave the wrap-up presentation at SpyGlass World recently, on the Synopsys Verification Direction. I learned from an interview Michael gave to Paul McLellan that he is an accomplished pianist. I’m a pianist also, though of considerably less talent,… Read More


SpyGlass World 2015 User Group Meeting

SpyGlass World 2015 User Group Meeting
by Bernard Murphy on 10-26-2015 at 4:00 pm

I attended SpyGlass World this week – to give you an update, to catch up with old friends, including users, and to meet some of the new (to me) players from the Synopsys side of the event. The event was held in the United Club at Levi stadium, just like last year. Don’t know if this will continue. Merging the SpyGlass User Group into SNUG… Read More


SpyGlass World at Levi Stadium, October 21st

SpyGlass World at Levi Stadium, October 21st
by Bernard Murphy on 10-12-2015 at 2:00 pm

I suppose you might have something better to do next Wednesday but, seriously, it had better be pretty good. I admit I’m biased (I was the Atrenta CTO until very recently) but even given that and mixing metaphors, Atrenta really knocked it out of the park when they got the 49er stadium for their User Group meetings. You don’t have to … Read More


Nine Cost Considerations to Keep IP Relevant –Part2

Nine Cost Considerations to Keep IP Relevant –Part2
by Pawan Fangaria on 10-06-2015 at 7:00 am

In the first part of this article I wrote about four types of costs which must be considered when an IP goes through design differentiation, customization, characterization, and selection and evaluation for acquisition. In this part of the article, I will discuss about the other five types of costs which must be considered to enhance… Read More


Improve RTL Physically for Design Quality & Convergence

Improve RTL Physically for Design Quality & Convergence
by Pawan Fangaria on 07-13-2015 at 12:00 pm

The SoC design teams are usually divided between front-end and back-end specialties. It is neither practical nor advisable to combine the two teams in order to better tackle the back-end issues upfront during the front-end design. However, a common problem is that the issues at the layout stage have very little scope for resolution… Read More


EDA Acquisition to Drive SoC realization

EDA Acquisition to Drive SoC realization
by Pawan Fangaria on 06-08-2015 at 8:00 pm

A week ago I was reading an article written by Daniel Nenni where he emphasised about semiconductor acquisitions to fuel innovation. We would see that in a larger space, not only in semiconductor and FPGA manufacturing companies (e.g. Intel and Altera) but also in the whole semiconductor ecosystem. If we see it from technical perspective,… Read More


A Comprehensive Power Optimization Solution

A Comprehensive Power Optimization Solution
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-20-2015 at 7:00 am

In an electronic world driven by smaller devices packed with larger functions, power becomes a critical factor to manage. With power consumption leading to heat dissipation issues, reliability of the device can be affected, if not controlled or the device not cooled. Moreover, for mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets… Read More