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Automatic mapping of software onto existing hardware, or using software to drive hardware design, are highly desired but very difficult.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

For the past 20 years, the industry has sought to deploy hardware/software co-design concepts. While it is making progress, software/hardware co-design appears to have a much brighter future. In order to understand the distinction between the two approaches, it is important to define some of the basics.

Hardware/software…

The open ISA of RISC-V means any SoC developer can now design a custom processor - moving the verification task from a few specialist suppliers to all SoC developers. This article looks at the industrial-grade verification and open methodology as used by the OpenHW verification working group.

RISC-V Processor Design Verification (DV)

One of the appealing things about open-source is that it invites modification to the underlying technology…

New approaches emerge as demand for improved power and performance overwhelm design tools.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

The semiconductor ecosystem is at a turning point for how to best architect the CPU based on the explosion of data, the increased usage of AI, and the need for differentiation and customization in leading-edge applications.

In the past, much of this would have been accomplished by moving to the next process node. But with the benefits from scaling diminishing at each new node, the…

Designs are getting bigger, verification runs longer, and every stage of development and deployment provides valuable data — if you can find it.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

The amount of data that could be kept for every design is gargantuan, but even that may not be enough these days as lifecycle management, continuous verification, regulatory requirements, and globalization add to the data that needs to be stored.

But data has no value if it cannot be found or used in ways that provide…

As localized processors become more powerful, what works best where?

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Increasing amounts of processing are being done on the edge, but how the balance will change between what’s computed in the cloud versus the edge remains unclear. The answer may depend as much on the value of data and other commercial reasons as on technical limitations.

The pendulum has been swinging between doing all processing in the cloud to doing increasing amounts of processing at the edge.…

The IC industry is struggling with blurring lines between different disciplines as chips are more tightly integrated with software in packages and systems.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Complexity in hardware design is spilling over to other disciplines, including software, manufacturing, and new materials, creating issues for how to model more data at multiple abstraction levels.

Challenges are growing around which abstraction level to use for a particular stage of the design, when to use it, and which data to…

What does it take to get a new language, tool, or methodology established in the semiconductor industry? Disruption has rarely worked.

Semiconductor Engineering

 

Progress in semiconductors has been one of the most successful engineering feats, and the industry has ridden an exponential curve longer than anything else in history. It is also a highly conservative industry that has pushed away many disruptive changes in favor of small incremental changes that minimize risk.

There have been…

The open nature of the RISC-V means anyone can design a custom processor - moving the verification task from a few specialist suppliers to all SoC developers. This article looks at the industrial-grade verification and open methodology to support verification of an open-source CV32E40P core.

Embedded

The amount of time, money and effort it takes to design a system-on-chip (SoC) means it is not surprising when engineering teams want to get it right first time. This long-held ideal doesn’t just happen on its own; it…

RCR Wireless News – “Well, technically...” Podcast featuring Katherine (Kat) Hsu from Imperas Software.

RCR Wireless News – “Well, technically...” Podcast

Imperas Software's Senior Account Manager Katherine (Kat) Hsu discusses the biggest trends in the semiconductor industry, why consumers should care about AI processors and the technical challenges that open standard RISC-V helps solve...

 

The full…