Shifting Left

Designing Code, Breaking Code, and the Verification in Between

by Amelia Dalton

Like the venerable Kenny Rogers once said, “You have to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em…” In the verification game, much is the same. You have to know how to make the code, and you have to know how to break it. In this week’s Fish Fry, David Hsu (Synopsys) joins us to discuss the challenges of static verification and formal verification, how to “shift left”, and how to make code just to break it. Also this week, we investigate how hierarchical timing analysis may solve your sign-off timing troubles once and and for all.  Read More


Industry News

September 19, 2014

4DSP Delivers High-Performance A/D-D/A in a Stackable Format with the FMC144

Ultra-accurate ams sensor interface integrated into battery management systems in leading Electric Vehicles

Leadcore Achieves First-Pass Silicon Success with DesignWare MIPI IP in Smartphone Application Processor SoC

September 18, 2014

MIPI Alliance Introduces MIPI C-PHY™ Specification and Updates its D-PHY™ and M-PHY® Specifications

Keysight Technologies’ UXM Wireless Test Set Expands Functional Test Capabilities, Delivers Greater RF Design Confidence

Avnet Electronics Marketing 2014 X-fest Technical Series Off to Strong Start

You'll Be Shocked by the New Mouser Electronics High Voltage Technology Site

Nuvation Launches New Battery Management System

Synopsys' New DesignWare MIPI D-PHY Cuts Area and Power by 50 Percent

September 17, 2014

Open-Silicon Speeds and Simplifies ASIC Development for 100G Networks

Silicon Labs Simplifies Clock Tree Design for Complex Internet Infrastructure Applications

Cavium Standardizes on Synopsys' IC Compiler for High-performance Processor-based SoC Designs

CaddieON® Improves Your Golf Game with Technologies from STMicroelectronics

Molex microSD/micro-SIM Combo Connector Offers Lower Profile, More Compact Size

Industry’s lowest-power 25- to 160-MSPS analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

Real Intent to Exhibit at First DVCon India

Synopsys' New MIPI C-PHY Verification IP Accelerates Adoption of MIPI Alliance's Physical Layer Specifications

Mouser Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Eurotech, an Intel IoT Solutions Alliance Member

September 16, 2014

TI makes wide VIN power supply design easier with synchronous SIMPLE SWITCHER® DC/DC regulators

Avnet Embedded, TrueUC Solutions LLC Bring Cloud-Based Unified Communications Solutions to Global Market

Major Taiwanese DMS Company Pegatron Establishes New PCB Design Flow through Technical Cooperation with Zuken

AT&S, Soundchip, and STMicroelectronics Craft Innovative Bionic Ear

eSOL Adapts their Many-core OS to the Autonomous Driving Technology Platform

Saelig Debuts Packet-Master 'USB Power Delivery' Testers

September 15, 2014

Altera FPGAs Enable Dolby Vision for Ultra-HD TVs

GreenPeak introduces powerful Remote Control technology for Entertainment, Smart Home and Internet of Everything applications

Elmos Selects Synopsys' Custom and Digital Design Solutions

New 100V Transistors from STMicroelectronics Drive Greater Power Efficiency in Automotive Applications

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Differentiation versus Diversity

Tilera’s Acquisition Means One Less CPU Company

by Jim Turley

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Helpful Hot-Rodding Hints

by Kevin Morris

Feed It Forward (And Back)

KLA-Tencor Helps Accommodate Variation

by Bryon Moyer

All’s Fair in Love and Power (Consumption)

Fairchild’s New Foray into Smart Power

by Amelia Dalton

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M2M in Orbit

posted by Bryon Moyer

Taoglas provides satellite Thing connectivity. (18-Sep)

ProbMe Simplifies Thing WiFi Connection

posted by Bryon Moyer

Some Things are harder to connect to WiFi than your phone or computer. ProbMe tries to make it easier. (16-Sep)

Proximal Networks

posted by Bryon Moyer

Why be limited by specific protocols? (11-Sep)

Is the IoT Secure?

posted by Dick Selwood

There are serious fears over the security of the Internet of Things (11-Sep)

PowerByProxi Eval Kits

posted by Bryon Moyer

Wireless power technology company PowerByProxi has released an eval kit for testing charging solutions. (9-Sep)

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Differentiation versus Diversity

Posted on 09/18/14 at 10:10 PM by TileGuy

TileGuy
Hi Jim, nice to see your very positive comments about Tilera’s architecture and performance achievements. And we've got over 100 designs at companies like Cisco, Brocade, ZTE, Checkpoint who agree with that. But it’s worth correcting a couple statement…

IoT Standards

Posted on 09/18/14 at 2:08 PM by WillGrubb

WillGrubb
http://www.weightless.org/about/m2m-communications

The M2M communications sector requires the following:

Low cost hardware and service.
Chipset costs need to be in the region $1-$2 and annual service charges less than $10 to make embedding wireles…

Be a Better Programmer

Posted on 09/17/14 at 12:56 AM by juergenuk

juergenuk
Programmers put the bugs in. So they should get help where possible with tools and training to minimize. One way is to have a very rigid structure across the whole group.
On LinkedIN there was an interesting discussion, and some said: I want my programmi…

There’s a Processor in My FPGA!

Posted on 09/16/14 at 2:35 PM by SteveCasselman

Altera's OpenCL SDK allows software programmers to use the FPGA's fabric as easily as they use the processor cores. The same code that runs on an SoC also runs on the largest parts. Altera is also committed to having an SoC in each family so the Stratix 1…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 1:23 PM by gabor@alacron.com

gabor@alacron.com
I'd add "Make room for heatsinks." Especially if you're packing the whole FPGA with logic and cranking up the clock, you will need help taking the heat from the chip. I've never regretted allowing extra room for a big heatsink, including board-level mou…

Go-Fast FPGA Design

Posted on 09/16/14 at 9:43 AM by kevin

kevin
A few synthesis-specific things I neglected to mention in the article:
- Multiple synthesis tools: If you have access to more than one synthesis tool, use all of them. Even the lousy one that seems like it never works will win on some designs. The only w…

Feed It Forward (And Back)

Posted on 09/15/14 at 9:45 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What do you think about KLA-Tencor's feed-forward approach?

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/12/14 at 5:09 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
It sounds like, for the most part, you're taking issue with the electret. If a different harvester were used with the same PMIC (assuming voltage compatibility), would that address the concerns?

While I don't want to speak entirely on Imec's behalf, my…

A Self-Sufficient Sensor Node

Posted on 09/11/14 at 2:04 PM by EnergyHarvesting

Not fully MEMS–

While the electret is MEMS, the resonant springs are far less sophisticated. These springs are relatively large/meso-scale and metal (as you would find in a hardware store). They do allow for low resonant frequencies < 100 Hz to be ob…

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Effective Version Control for Electronic Design

When it comes to our hardware engineering projects, we need to keep our design data well organized. In the software world, this is accomplished with the help of version control systems. Unfortunately, most of us don’t learn version control for hardware design. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia chats with Ben Jordan of Altium about how effective version control can help every step of the design process, enable team design, manage versions and configurations, and keep our project from spiraling out of control.

Building a New Type of IP Factory

Reliable IP blocks are essential to the success of most modern SoC and custom IC designs. But finding a reliable, reputable source of verified IP can be challenging. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Kevin Yee (Cadence Design Systems) about Cadence's substantial IP offerings

Vivado In-System Debug

Today's complex FPGA designs can be challenging to debug. If you're debugging in hardware, you need both visibility and control of what's going on inside your chip. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Ron Plyler of Xilinx about doing hardware debug in Xilinx's Vivado tool suite.

Advanced Smart Display Solutions

In today's mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES' solutions for the new generation of high-resolution smartphone displays.

Digital Predistortion for Base Station Power Amplifiers

In this episode of our new Chalk TalkHD series, Amelia Dalton talks to Todd Nelson from Linear Technology about how digital predistortion (DPD) can be used to save millions of dollars worth of power in base station designs. DPD is simple to apply, and has a dramatic impact on the power amplifier - the most power-hungry part of modern base stations. In this Chalk TalkHD you'll hear how DPD works and how you can apply it to your next design.

Intel Atom™ Processor with built-in Altera Arria® FPGA

In this Chalk TalkHD Amelia talks to David Schmidt of Arrow about the new Intel Atom™ processor with an Altera Arria FPGA built right into the package.

Introducing SmartFusion2 FPGAs

In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Wendy Lockhart of Microsemi about Microsemi's biggest FPGA announcement this year - SmartFusion2. This new family can do things we never expected from Microsemi's non-volatile FPGAs. Watch this Chalk Talk to learn what it's all about.

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