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Virtual Prototyping – The Future’s So Bright
Virtual prototyping has been making its appearance in the embedded software arena since the late 1990s, steadily gaining acceptance as a valuable software development target.
May 19, 2015

Blurring The Lines On Prototyping
More granular approaches emerge for when to use physical and virtual prototyping, and frequently both.
Apr 23, 2015

Architecturally Optimizing Memory Bandwidth
Optimizing from an architectural perspective is the best bet due to impacts on system performance and power.
Mar 27, 2015

First Time Success And Cost Control
Experts at the table, part 1: Panelists discuss the impact that IoT will have on tools and methodologies and the role of system-level tools.
Feb 26, 2015

Who Pays for EDA Shift Left?
The industry is changing and more information is flying around at an ever-faster pace. It is intended to reduce costs for semiconductor companies, but who is footing the bill?
Feb 12, 2015

With Responsibility Comes Power
Who is responsible for ensuring a chip is within its power budget and are they being given the tools to do the job?
Feb 12, 2015

ASIC Prototypes Take the Express Lane for Faster System Validation
Demand for earlier availability of ASIC prototypes during a SoC design project is increasing because of the effort and cost to develop software drivers, firmware, and applications. Industry surveys show that design teams now spend up to 50% of engineering budget on software development. This urgency is pushing commercial vendors of FPGA-based prototypes to field products that can demonstrate improved productivity for the engineers that are responsible for hardware/software integration and system validation. This article examines the state-of-the-art in FPGA-based prototyping tools and the benefits they deliver.
Feb 12, 2015

Automotive System Design Challenges
As the automotive OEM pulls design and subsystem integration in-house, EDA may have an important role to play given its strengths in simulation and modeling technologies and the potential use in fault-testing and reliability in the automotive space - for hardware as well as software. The methodology of automotive development needs to change and evolve, and new tools need to be deployed to address these issues. Where better to apply the decades of EDA expertise and technology?
Jan 29, 2015

A Few Questions on… FPGA-based Prototyping Software Tools
Did we say "a few"? Who's counting? We just know the topic range here spans everything from what designers ready to work on PCIe 4.0 projects should know to SoCs and design partitioning to whether FPGAs' reputation for being difficult to program is warranted.
Jan 27, 2015

The Various Faces of IP Modeling
Given their complexity, the vast majority of today’s SoC designs contain a high number of third party IP components. These can be developed outside the company or by another division of the same company. In general they present the same type of obstacle to easy integration and require a model or multiple types of models in order to minimize the integration cost in the final design.
Jan 23, 2015

Designing for Automotive
As the electronic content inside of cars continues to rise, so do the concerns about how reliable those components will be.
Jan 15, 2015

IP Power Models Enable Energy-Aware System-Level Design
The way a platform is used determines how much energy it consumes, requiring a holistic approach to energy management. Energy efficiency is one of the primary design metrics for heterogeneous multi-core mobile platforms, and the very real threat of dark silicon reinforces the fact that we must manage energy consumption in these platforms intelligently.
Dec 04, 2014

Virtual Prototyping Takes Off
More cores and clusters complicate every side of the design through verification flow. What is the impact of black-box IP?
Dec 04, 2014

Dev Tool Knowledge: Must for Automotive Engineers
Virtual hardware prototyping provides engineers the ability to simulate digital hardware for the purpose of developing, integrating and testing automotive system software. Such tasks as complex driver development, multicore software development, AUTOSAR software development, functional safety test development, validation, and execution can be performed more efficiently in the virtual hardware prototyping environments.
Dec 02, 2014

Are More Cores Really Better?
The effects of one architectural change on hardware, software and the design flow have far-reaching consequences. Adding a second processing core adds untold complexity.
Nov 06, 2014

Are Models Holding Back New Methodologies
Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the state of the industry for modeling at abstractions above RTL, a factor which has delayed adoption of Virtual Prototype and the proliferation of system-level design and hardware/software codesign.
Oct 28, 2014

Software First?
The emphasis on battery life in wearable electronics, including always-on sensors, and the cost of powering and cooling racks of servers inside of data centers, are beginning to impact the formula for designing systems. Power is now a critical design element, but it’s also one of the most stubborn to tackle.
Oct 09, 2014

Testing for Security: Key to Automotive Development
Safety and security are key concerns in the automotive industry, driving supplier and OEM companies to ensure the reliability and safety of private and commercial vehicles. Sharing best-practices and experiences when it comes to security will be essential to making the future of vehicle security a success.
Sep 04, 2014

Making Software Better
After years of warnings that software developers weren't worrying about power, it’s time to step back and re-assess. Are we making progress?
Aug 11, 2014

Raising the Abstraction of Power: Trends
Given that design requirements for today’s SoCs go well beyond performance and area, energy efficiency and its impact on system design plays a major role for many end applications ranging from wireless sensor networks to autonomous vehicles as well as emerging applications in the Internet of Things market segment, where cooling capability is limited and expensive.
Jul 10, 2014

Using Ethernet in Automotive Networks
Will Ethernet become the dominant interconnect for automotive applications? A look at the market trends and standards, and how to use Ethernet IP and virtual-prototyping solutions in automotive applications.
Jul 09, 2014

S-L Power Modeling Gains Steam
A system-level power model would enable power architecture planning. EDA, IP and systems companies are coming together to determine where to go next.
Jun 12, 2014

Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches
The automotive market is facing tough challenges when it comes to recalls. It seems that every month (if not week) brings a long list of new recalls. It's not that recalls did not exist in the past, but it seems that their numbers, types, and obvious visibility through the media have significantly increased.
Jun 05, 2014

Non-separation of Power and Performance
How much power does a system consume? The simplistic path to power estimation for a system used to be tossing a few metrics – standby, typical, worst case, with figures pulled from a datasheet, simulation, or physical measurement – into a spreadsheet. After filling the remaining holes with SWAG (scientific wild-ass guesses), and summing things up, there was a bottom line.
Jun 04, 2014





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