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A Billion Instances and Counting – Solving the Challenges of IC Design Closure

Integrated circuits once again take center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Brandon Bautz (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about the challenges of IC design closure today, how distribution and optimization can help address these growing design challenges, and the details of the Cadence® Certus™ Closure Solution. Also this week I investigate a new soft robot developed by Cornell University that can detect damage and heal … Read More → "A Billion Instances and Counting – Solving the Challenges of IC Design Closure"

Automation and the Future of IC Design for Test

What do IC design for test, the Tessent multi-die software solution and the best semiconductor material of all time have in common? This week’s podcast of course! My guest Vidya Neerkundar (Siemens) and I discuss trends in the IC industry today, the unique testing challenges for today’s cutting edge integrated circuits and why automation for 2D and 3D IC design-for-test is the way of the future. Also … Read More → "Automation and the Future of IC Design for Test"

In Memoriam: Dave Cochran, an Engineer’s Engineer

Sadly, my friend Dave Cochran passed away on October 7. You’ve likely never heard of Dave Cochran, but if you ever owned a scientific calculator, you owe him, big time. Cochran was “Mr. Algorithm” at Hewlett-Packard starting with the earliest days of HP’s desktop scientific calculators in the late 1960s. He developed the arithmetic and trigonometric algorithms for HP’s first calculator, the HP 9100A … Read More → "In Memoriam: Dave Cochran, an Engineer’s Engineer"

Meet UVVM: The World’s #1 VHDL Verification Methodology

I’m happy (albeit puzzled) to tell you that things seem to be getting better with respect to verifying FPGA, ASIC, and system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The reason I say this is that the last time I turned my attention to this arena, people were saying that the design and verification phases of a complex device consumed 30% and 70% of the total development time, respectively. By comparison, someone recently … Read More → "Meet UVVM: The World’s #1 VHDL Verification Methodology"

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High-Performance Test to 70 GHz – Samtec  Today’s high-speed serial interfaces with PAM4 present serious challenges when it comes to test. Eval boards can end up huge, and signal integrity of the test point system is always a concern. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about the Bullseye test point system, which can … Read More → "High-Performance Test to 70 GHz – Samtec"
Innovative Hybrid Crowbar Protection for AC Power Lines — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics   Providing robust AC line protection is a tough engineering challenge. Lightning and other unexpected events can wreak havoc with even the best-engineered power supplies. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Pete Pytlik of Littelfuse about innovative SIDACtor semiconductor hybrid crowbar protection for AC power lines, that combine the best … Read More → "Innovative Hybrid Crowbar Protection for AC Power Lines — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
IoT and The Power of PSpiceToday's IoT designs demand some complex mixed-mode, mixed-signal simulation to be sure that they'll work correctly across wide ranges of component variation, temperature, and other real-world conditions. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with John Carney of Cadence Design Systems about PSpice mixed-signal simulation for IoT.
SystemVision® Multi-discipline System Verification DatasheetThe SystemVision multi-discipline collaboration environment lets you explore concepts, validate performance specifications, investigate architectural partitions, and integrate implementation-level details, all in an easy-to-use virtual prototyping environment. Focus on a single design domain, or combine multiple domains, for full-system verification.
Reduce Project Schedules and Increase Quality using Model Driven Development for Design, Verification, and TestThis paper shows how Model Driven Development can address common challenges in the system design, verification & testing of complex systems. Project success requires that hardware, software, and test teams fluently integrate application software, controlling firmware, analog and digital hardware, and mechanical components, which often proves to be costly in terms of time, money, and … Read More → "Reduce Project Schedules and Increase Quality using Model Driven Development for Design, Verification, and Test"
Concept to X: Ten Steps to Effective Model Driven DevelopmentModel Driven Development is proven to improve productivity in the design process. It makes it possible to use models all the way down the flow, automatically generating parts of the design and thus improving the design’s quality by bringing in repeatability and standards compliance. It enables actions such as eliminating physical prototypes from the process, … Read More → "Concept to X: Ten Steps to Effective Model Driven Development"