Accelerated Verification with Synopsys

Accelerated Verification with Synopsys
by Alex Tan on 07-17-2018 at 12:00 pm

At DAC 2018, Synopsys held a lunch panel discussing verification challenges faced by the industry leaders, their adopted approaches and the overall verification technology trends. This panel of industry experts from Intel, AMD, Samsung, STM and Qualcomm also shared their viewpoints on what drives the SoC complexity and how… Read More


Qualcomm, AMD on Verification with Synopsys

Qualcomm, AMD on Verification with Synopsys
by Bernard Murphy on 03-22-2018 at 7:00 am

Synopsys hosts a regular lunch at DVCon each year (at least over the last few years I have checked), a nice meal and a show, opening a marketing update followed by 2-3 customer presentations on how they use Synopsys verification in their flows. This year’s event was moderated by Piyush Sancheti from Synopsys Verification marketing… Read More


Functional Simulation Webinar On Cutting Runtime in Half

Functional Simulation Webinar On Cutting Runtime in Half
by Daniel Payne on 02-27-2017 at 1:00 pm

Hardware companies have been architecting CPUs with multiple cores for many years now, however it has taken a bit longer for software companies and EDA vendors to exploit multi-core hardware to speed up time consuming tasks like logic simulation that have become bottlenecks for SoC design and verification teams. Imagine the Read More


Bringing Formal Verification into Mainstream

Bringing Formal Verification into Mainstream
by Pawan Fangaria on 04-28-2016 at 7:00 am

Formal verification can provide a large productivity gain in discovering, analyzing, and debugging complex problems buried deep in a design, which may be suspected but not clearly visible or identifiable by other verification methods. However, use of formal verification methods hasn’t been common due to its perceived complexity… Read More


Synopsys Earnings Call Q1 2015

Synopsys Earnings Call Q1 2015
by Paul McLellan on 02-20-2015 at 7:00 am

Synopsys announced their results yesterday. Their 2014 already ended, this is the end of their fiscal first quarter. On the call were Aart, one of Synopsys’s two co-CEOs, the other being Chi-Foon Chan; and Trac Pham, the new CFO on his first earnings call.

Synopsys’s results were good. A quick look at the results. Revenue was $542M… Read More


Synopsys Verification Continuum

Synopsys Verification Continuum
by Paul McLellan on 09-26-2014 at 4:00 pm

Verification spans a number of different technologies, from virtual platforms, RTL simulation, formal techniques, emulation and FPGA prototyping. Going back a few years, most of these technologies came from separate companies and one effect of this was that moving the design from one verification environment to another required… Read More


Design & EDA Collaboration Advances Mixed-Signal Verification through VCS AMS

Design & EDA Collaboration Advances Mixed-Signal Verification through VCS AMS
by Pawan Fangaria on 09-07-2014 at 8:00 pm

Last week it was a rare opportunity for me to attend a webinar where an SoC design house, a leading IP provider and a leading EDA tool provider joined together to present on how the tool capabilities are being used for advanced mixed-signal simulation of large designs, faster with accuracy. It’s always been a struggle to combine design… Read More


Accelerating SoC Verification Through HLS

Accelerating SoC Verification Through HLS
by Pawan Fangaria on 07-28-2014 at 3:00 pm

Once upon a time there was a struggle for verification completion of semiconductor designs at gate level. Today, beyond imagination, there is a struggle to verify a design with billions of gates at the RTL level which may never complete. The designs are large SoCs with complex architectures and several constraints of area, performance,… Read More


Debugging Verification Constraints

Debugging Verification Constraints
by Paul McLellan on 07-23-2013 at 3:44 pm

In his DAC keynote last year (2012) Mike Mueller of ARM compared how much CPU was required to verify the first ARM versus one of the latest ARM Cortex CPUs. Of course the newer CPU is hundreds of times larger than the first ARM but the amount of verification required was millions of times as much, requiring ARM to construct their own datacenter… Read More


AMS IC Simulation Update from Synopsys at DAC

AMS IC Simulation Update from Synopsys at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-10-2013 at 6:19 pm

Last year at DAC we didn’t really know the circuit simulation roadmap for Synopsys because of all the EDA company acquisitions, however this year it’s clear to me that:

  • HSPICE continues on, although it’s a lower performance circuit simulator than FineSim
  • FineSim from Magma is well-loved, and faster than HSPICE
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