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Correlation of Routability and Placement Density for better QoR in...

In any physical design procedure, Placement and Routing are the two chief steps. To get better QoR in routing, engineers tend to give a first glance to placement density. In this article, we will discuss the method to figure out the range of placement density through various practical data. Using…

Evaluating Potential Business Benefits of FPGAs

Evaluating Potential Business Benefits of FPGAs

In this age, the production machines are expected to be highly flexible and accommodating to sustain the constantly changing product demands. Many of these machines operate using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) that are specifically designed to allow flexibility in system design even after the manufacturing. An FPGA is a…

Power Optimization using Multi BIT flops and MIMCAPs in 16nm...

Power requirements are very critical in modern networking ASICs. Robust power planning often undergoes various limitations to tackle the limits of certain numbers. In this article, we have explained how advanced techniques like MBIT flops and MIMCAPs can help improve power and area numbers. By replacing and merging single bit…

Smart Tracking of SoC Verification Progress Using Synopsys’ Hierarchical Verification...

Introduction SoC (System-on-Chip) Verification effort mainly includes three key phases: Planning, Development and Verification. Planning phase includes preparing verification strategy in terms of Test plan, Coverage plan and Assertion plan. Verification of complex SoC requires all micro level data (i.e. Individual Test status in Regression, Functional and Code Coverage numbers,…

Ins and Outs of Assertion in Mixed Signal Verification

Ins and Outs of Assertion in Mixed Signal Verification

Introduction Assertion-based verification (ABV) is a powerful verification approach that has been proven to help digital circuits, designers, and verification engineers improve design quality and reduce time to market. But ABV has been rarely applied to analog/mixed-signal verification. A verification engineer defines assertions from the functional specification of designs. For…

SoC Functional verification flow

SoC Functional Verification Flow

This blog presents SoC- (System on Chip) level functional verification flow. It also describes ways to speed up the process.  To ensure successful tapeout of SoCs, here are the steps of a standard SoC-level Functional Verification flow: 1. SoC Level/Top Level view (Feature Extractions) During SoC verification, you must view…

5 Proven Tips for Right Time-to-Market in 16nm Lower Technology Node

5 Proven Tips for Right Time-to-Market at 16nm Lower Technology...

Semiconductor chipmakers are rapidly moving to advanced node design, which demands denser nodes. Moreover, the increase in the demand for IoT and connected devices among the users compels the device manufacturers to transition to lower geometry nodes. A lower chip design like 16nm is beneficial and appropriate for small hand-held…

Semiconductor & Electronic Design Networks and Profiles to Follow in 2018

55 Semiconductor & Electronic Design Networks and Profiles to Follow...

To gain knowledge and learn new things on professional front or to simply stay connected with the industry updates, people usually keep coming to certain websites and profiles on social media platforms like Twitter, which share thousands of updates each day. This practice of subscribing to and following the industry…

Common Challenges of Lower-Technology Nodes for IoT Devices

In 1965, Gordon Moore, a co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits has doubled approximately every two years since the IC was invented. This is known as Moore's law. This law has helped in the evolution of smaller, cheaper, more powerful devices,…

Importance of Utilizing Custom ASICs in the IoT Era

The increasing adoption of IoT creates an opportunity to move from the off-the-shelf chip designs to custom silicon since there has been a significant change in the overall IoT ecosystem. According to the recent research by ARM, the IoT and related devices will increase to one trillion between 2017 and…