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Mind-boggling number of options emerge, but which is best often isn’t clear.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

The guideposts for designing chips are disappearing or becoming less relevant. While engineers today have many more options for customizing a design, they have little direction about what works best for specific applications or what the return on investment will be for those efforts.
For chip architects, this is proving to be an embarrassment of riches.…

Companies that invest in their employees’ education often get rewarded with more productive and happier workers.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Continuous education is essential for engineers, but many companies don’t recognize the value or they are unwilling to provide the necessary resources.
This should be a line of questioning before every new hire makes the decision about where they want to work, because it not only affects their future career, but…

Demand for faster processing with increasingly diverse applications is prompting very different compute models.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Data centers are undergoing a fundamental change, shifting from standard processing models to more data-centric approaches based upon customized hardware, less movement of data, and more pooling of resources.
Driven by a flood of web searches, Bitcoin mining, video streaming, data centers are in a race to provide the most…

The design freedoms of RISC-V offer developers flexibility for innovation – now processor IP verification quality is also a flexible option.

The Lost Art of Processor Verification

 

The RISC-V open standard ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) offers developers the opportunity to configure the features and functions of a custom processor to uniquely address their target end application needs and requirements. RISC-V has a modular structure with…

Time spent in debug is unpredictable. It consumes a large portion of the development cycle and can disrupt schedules, but good practices can minimize it.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Debug often has been labeled the curse of management and schedules. It is considered unpredictable and often can happen close to the end of the development cycle, or even after – leading to frantic attempts at work-arounds. And the problem is growing…

 

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Automakers shifting to HPC chips for improved performance and lower system cost.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Automotive architectures are evolving quickly from domain-based to zonal, leveraging the same kind of high-performance computing now found in data centers to make split-second decisions on the road.

This is the third major shift in automotive architectures in the past five years, and it’s one that centralizes processing using 7nm and 5nm technology, specialized accelerators,…

The EDA ecosystem is in the early stages of pivoting to the cloud, but not everything will move there.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

As EDA is moving to the cloud in fits and starts as tool vendors sort out complex financial models and tradeoffs while recognizing a potentially big new opportunity to provide unlimited processing capacity using a pay-as-you-go approach.

By all accounts, a tremendous amount of tire-kicking is happening now as EDA vendors and users delve…

Has simulation performance stagnated and what is the industry doing to correct it?

Semiconductor Engineering

 

 

Without functional simulation the semiconductor industry would not be where it is today, but some people in the industry contend it hasn’t received the attention and research it deserves, causing a stagnation in performance. Others disagree, noting that design sizes have increased by orders of magnitude while design times have shrunk, pointing to…

Demand for big-iron tools is insatiable as complexity continues to grow.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

As semiconductor complexity continues to escalate, so does the reliance on hardware-assisted simulation, emulation, and prototyping.
Since chip design first began, engineers have complained their design goals exceeded the capabilities of the tools. This is especially evident in verification and debug, which continue to dominate the design cycle. Big-iron…