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A Brief History of PCBs: Where did printed circuit boards come from?

While writing my recent 8-part EDA history (listed below), I became acutely aware that most of the effort devoted to EDA tool development has been aimed at IC design. A much smaller level of effort was devoted to developing printed circuit board (PCB) tools. The reason is simple, I think. IC design tools sell for far more money. While IC design tools cost upwards of six and … Read More → "A Brief History of PCBs: Where did printed circuit boards come from?"

Lynn Conway, 1938-2024: The Computer Architect Who Helped to Revolutionize Digital IC Design

Lynn Conway is best known for her collaboration with Carver Mead that resulted in the Mead-Conway design methodology for VLSI chip design, which triggered a renaissance in IC development and spurred the growth of commercial EDA. While working on IBM’s Advanced Computer System (ACS) project in the 1960s, Conway conceived of Dynamic Instruction Scheduling (DIS), one of the fundamental innovations needed for out-of-order (OOO) instruction execution by superscalar processors, which is now commonly implemented in all high-end microprocessors. She joined the Department of Engineering’s faculty at the University of Michigan in 1985 as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Associate Dean of Engineering and retired in 1998, taking the title of Professor Emerita. … Read More → "Lynn Conway, 1938-2024: The Computer Architect Who Helped to Revolutionize Digital IC Design"

Digital Signal Processing and the AI Architecture Evolution

This week’s Fish Fry podcast is all about digital signal processing! Pulin Desai (Cadence Design Systems) joins me to chat about recent developments in vision, radar and lidar applications, AI inference trends that are driving the need for flexible and programmable digital signal processing, and why DSPs are indispensable in the new world of artificial intelligence. Also this week, I check out a new PCB prototype developed at … Read More → "Digital Signal Processing and the AI Architecture Evolution"

LDRA’s New Security-First Capabilities Meet Missions to Mars and Colonies in Space

I don’t know about you, but I’m really starting to get excited about all the space-related activities that are going on at the moment. I remember the thrill of Apollo 11 and humankind’s first steps on the moon. And I remember the sadness associated with my eventually coming to the realization that the Apollo 17 landing in 1972 would be the last time we visited the moon … Read More → "LDRA’s New Security-First Capabilities Meet Missions to Mars and Colonies in Space"

A Brief and Personal History of EDA Part 8: The Big DA Era

For the last two decades or so, the EDA industry has grown at the same rate as the overall semiconductor industry. Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines explained the situation to Magdy Abadir in the January/February 2017 edition of IEEE Design and Test magazine:

“EDA revenue is very stable at 2% of semiconductor revenue, and if the semiconductor industry doesn’t grow, it’ … Read More → "A Brief and Personal History of EDA Part 8: The Big DA Era"

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Accelerating Tapeouts with Synopsys Cloud and AI — Synopsys  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Vikram Bhatia from Synopsys explore how you can accelerate your next tapeout with Synopsys Cloud and AI. They also discuss new enhancements and customer use cases that leverage AI with hybrid cloud deployment scenarios, and how this platform can help CAD managers and engineers reduce … Read More → "Accelerating Tapeouts with Synopsys Cloud and AI — Synopsys"
Shift Left Block/Chip Design with Calibre — Siemens EDA  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and David Abercrombie from Siemens explore the multitude of benefits that shifting left with Calibre can bring to chip and block design. They investigate how Calibre can impact DRC verification, early design error debug, and optimize the configuration and management of multiple jobs for run time … Read More → "Shift Left Block/Chip Design with Calibre — Siemens EDA"
SLM Silicon.da Introduction — Synopsys  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Guy Cortez from Synopsys investigate how Synopsys’ Silicon.da platform can increase engineering productivity and silicon efficiency while providing the tool scalability needed for today’s semiconductor designs. They also walk through the steps involved in a SLM workflow and examine how this open and extensible platform … Read More → "SLM Silicon.da Introduction — Synopsys"
Shift Left with Calibre — Siemens  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and David Abercrombie from Siemens investigate the details of Calibre’s shift-left strategy. They take a closer look at how the tools and techniques in this design tool suite can help reduce signoff iterations and time to tapeout while also increasing design quality. Click here for more … Read More → "Shift Left with Calibre — Siemens"
One Year of Synopsys Cloud: Adoption, Enhancements and Evolution — Synopsys  The adoption of the cloud in the design automation industry has encouraged innovation across the entire semiconductor lifecycle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vikram Bhatia from Synopsys about how Synopsys is redefining EDA in the Cloud with the industry’s first complete browser-based EDA-as-a-Service cloud platform. They explore the benefits … Read More → "One Year of Synopsys Cloud: Adoption, Enhancements and Evolution — Synopsys"
Automated Benchmark Tuning — Synopsys   Benchmarking is a great way to measure the performance of computing resources, but benchmark tuning can be a very complicated problem to solve. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Nozar Nozarian from Synopsys and Amelia Dalton investigate Synopsys’ Optimizer Studio that combines an evolution search algorithm with a powerful user interface that can … Read More → "Automated Benchmark Tuning — Synopsys"