Applying Generative Design to Automotive Electrical Systems

Applying Generative Design to Automotive Electrical Systems
by Daniel Payne on 01-15-2019 at 12:00 pm

Scanning headlines of technology news every day I was somewhat familiar with the phrase “Generative Design” and even browsed the Wikipedia page to find this informative flow-chart that shows the practice of generative design.


Generative design is an iterative design process that involves a program that will generateRead More


SoC Design Partitioning to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes

SoC Design Partitioning to Save Time and Avoid Mistakes
by Daniel Payne on 12-18-2018 at 12:00 pm

I started designing ICs in 1978 and continued through 1986, and each chip used hierarchy and partitioning but our methodology was totally ad-hoc, and documented on paper, so it was time consuming to make revisions to the chip or train someone else on the history or our chip, let alone re-use any portion of our chips again. Those old,… 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


Beyond DRC and LVS, why Reliability Verification is used by Foundries

Beyond DRC and LVS, why Reliability Verification is used by Foundries
by Daniel Payne on 09-18-2018 at 12:00 pm

Reliability of ICs isn’t a new thing, because back in 1980 I was investigating why a DRAM chip using 6um technology was having yield loss due to electromigration effects. I recall looking through a microscope at a DRAM layout and slowly ramping up the Vdd level then suddenly the shiny aluminum interconnect started to change… 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


The Pain of Test Pattern Bring-up for First Silicon Debug

The Pain of Test Pattern Bring-up for First Silicon Debug
by Daniel Payne on 08-22-2018 at 7:00 am

In the semiconductor world we have divided our engineering talent up into many adjacent disciplines and each comes with their own job titles: Design engineers, Verification engineers, DFT engineers, Test engineers. When first silicon becomes available then everyone on the team, and especially management all have a few big … Read More


ISO 26262 Traceability Requirements for Automotive Electronics Design

ISO 26262 Traceability Requirements for Automotive Electronics Design
by Daniel Payne on 06-12-2018 at 12:00 pm

Reading the many articles on SemiWiki and other publications we find experts talking about the automotive market, mostly because it’s in growth mode, has large volumes and vehicles consume more semiconductors every year. OK, that’s on the plus side, but what about functional safety for automotive electronics?… Read More


Mentor’s Approach to Automotive Electrical Design

Mentor’s Approach to Automotive Electrical Design
by Daniel Payne on 04-23-2018 at 12:00 pm

Most of us continue to drive cars and for me there’s always been a fascination with all things electrical that go into the actual design of a car. I’ve done typical maintenance tasks on my cars over the years like changing the battery, installing a new radio, replacing bulbs, changing a fuse, swapping out dashboard lights,… Read More


Combining IP and Product Lifecycle Tools

Combining IP and Product Lifecycle Tools
by Daniel Payne on 04-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

No single EDA company provides all of the tools needed to define requirements, design exploration, track IP, simulate, manage and verify a complex SoC system, so it makes sense that EDA vendors and point tool companies have tools that work together to achieve all of these difficult tasks. Systems design has been around for decades… Read More


Computer Vision and High-Level Synthesis

Computer Vision and High-Level Synthesis
by Daniel Payne on 03-15-2018 at 12:00 pm

Computer vision as a research topic has been around since the 1960’s and we are enjoying the benefits of this work in modern-day products all around us as robots with computer vision are performing an increasing number of tasks, even our farmers are using computer vision systems to become more productive:

  • AgEagle® has a drone
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