MathWorks Automates HDL Creation
Quick! What’s the fourth largest EDA company in the world? Most of us in the industry can rattle off the “Big 3” right? “Daisy, Mentor, Valid.” Oops, my time machine was off by about 30 years. How about “Synopsys, Mentor, Cadence”? After that, it gets a bit dicey - if we counted Magma, that would be a possibility, but we need to chalk them up to Synopsys now. For those of us who think FPGA companies are actually EDA companies with a different business model, Xilinx and Altera would be in the top four or five. Beyond that, it drops off -- a lot.
DVCon 2012 Breakdown
Welcome to the soothing waters of verification. Jump right in, the water is warm! This week's Fish Fry is all about design verification and DVCon 2012. I sift through all of the details of this year's show: the keynote, the various announcements unveiled at the show, the happy hour expo show hours and even the eerie decor of the Doubletree Hotel. In a special DVCon interview double header I chat with both Shakeel Jeeawoody (Blue Pearl Software) about getting your constraints right for HDL-based designs, and I also chat with Anupam Bakshi (CEO - Agnisys) about how Agnisys is attacking a brand new part of the EDA/verification market.
Designing Ourselves Out of a Job
Engineering is a beautiful blend of science and art, discovery and creation, discipline and imagination.
For those who are pure scientists, there is only discovery. The truth is out there, and they seek merely to uncover it. Scientists do not create science. Mathematicians do not make math. These practitioners simply unearth the treasures of truth that were there all along, bringing them to light and casting them in a new understanding.
For those who are artists, there is only creation. Artists seek to communicate ideas and emotions by creating that which has never existed before - either in concept or in realization. Art is about newness and innovation. Art is about humanity and expression.
Altium's Innovations, Death Star BOM and Retro Games
In this week's Fish Fry, I look at the importance of ecosystems - in today's electronic products as well as in the tools we use as designers. I chat with Sam Sattel of Altium - one of the most progressive companies in the industry in establishing a cloud-based ecosystem for electronic design. We discuss the most recent innovations at Altium, including the new tools available in Altium Designer and the interesting way Altium deals with software updates. This week I also look into the projected BOM cost for a real-life Death Star and unveil my favorite place to play retro video games.
22nm Tri-Gate Process Should Bring Rewards
We all knew it was coming, but Tabula “officially” announced this week that they are producing their next yet-to-be-announced family of FPGAs on Intel’s 22nm Tri-Gate process. As one of the worst-kept secrets in the programmable logic industry, the Intel-Tabula relationship hardly comes as a surprise. The announcement was widely leaked about a year ago when Achronix formally announced a similar relationship with Intel.
What does it all mean?
(and Some Good Tools)
PCB problems got you all tangled up and blue? Never fear, all you need is love. Well, that and some good tools. This week my guest is Steve McKinney (Mentor Graphics). Steve and I are going to talk to about Mentor’s HyperLynx tool suite and why the newest features of this tool may make those pesky PCB problems a thing of the past. Also this week, check out why power and system management decisions might best be made sooner than later.
EDA is Not Quite Dead After All
When companies become zombies, it’s not quite as obvious as with humans. Sure, the symptoms are similar - being dead but walking around as if still alive, no capacity for rational thought, pursuit of a single-minded hunger - all while the inside is rapidly decomposing. Oh, and then there’s the smell.
The Moore’s Law apocalypse is taking place in the world of custom chip design right now, and by all rights EDA companies should be among the walking dead - mindlessly scouring the engineering countryside for leftover morsels of brains.
Floating Point for FPGAs and TI’s Signal Integrity Solutions
In part two of my DesignCon 2012 coverage, I chat with Mike Parker (Altera) about FPGAs doing floating point and where he feels we are are headed in this realm. I also chat with Sanjay Gajendra (Texas Instruments) about how TI is aiming to make your multi-gigabit SerDes signal integrity issues a whole bunch easier. Also this week, I check out why the “app economy” has become a big deal in the United States and how a 9 year old girl is trumping this week’s mainstream scientific achievements.
Mentor HyperLynx Helps Handle the Hot Spots
Is it just me, or is digital design getting a lot trickier? We were all going along just fine, flipping our little zeroes and ones happily back and forth, and then somebody comes up with the brilliant idea to replace our nice, simple parallel busses with serial IO. OK, so maybe those parallel busses were not quite so simple by that time; it was starting to be nearly impossible to do the board layout so that all those signals arrived at somewhat the same time. To make matters worse, we kept raising the clock frequencies until “somewhat the same time” wasn’t even close to good enough anymore.
Fish Fry Takes On DesignCon
Eye diagrams, Bert Scopes and more SerDes than anyone knows what to do with...what could it be? DesignCon of course. In this week’s Fish Fry, I look into to why DesignCon was so popular this year and why signal integrity issues were the un-offcial theme of the show. I also interview Brad Griffin of Cadence about why we need power distribution analysis and why he thinks DesignCon is the best show of the year.