FPGAs were conceived as “do anything” chips – Jacks of all Trades. Sure, they were crazy expensive for the number of effective gates they offered, they were a lot slower than custom logic doing the same task, and they drank copious quantities of coulombs getting the job done, but they could be programmed to do exactly your bidding. In a lot of designs, that made the FPGA the no-longer-missing link – … Read More → "Programmable Pile of Parts"
In this week’s podcast, we welcome Bob Smith from the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance to Fish Fry. Bob and I are chat about why the ESD Alliance and SEMI are joining forces, the ESD Alliance’s plans for DAC this year, and we even fit in a little discussion about wine. Also this week, we check out the new artificial intelligence and machine learning program at this … Read More → "There’s No Business like EDA Business"
Sometimes it’s about new technology, and sometimes it’s about something as mundane as pricing or form factor. Last year it was the former; this year it’s the latter.
Mentor has added a new platform to their Veloce Strato emulation family. We saw the basics of Strato Read More → "Emulator Infill"
Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"
In music, Legato means smooth and connected, without distinct breaks. Or, in electronics parlance – analog. Analog circuits are arguably the most difficult to design and the most complex to simulate. Engineers with mystical knowledge and decades of experience toil endlessly to find just the right combination of component values that will yield the desired results. And that’s just for the nominal case.
Now, try putting that … Read More → "Molto Legato Senza Failure"
Coventor released its most recent version of their SEMulator3D tool not long ago. Just as a refresher, this is the tool that lets process engineers model, analyze, and visualize the impact of a semiconductor process. If you’ve seen nothing else about them, you might have seen animated movies of a process … Read More → "Five Major Adds by Coventor"