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Product Design Services for Intelligent Vending Machine Systems [Video Infographic]

Product Design Services for Intelligent Vending Machine Systems [Video Infographic]

Retail companies feel the need to improve the process and turnaround times for moving a product from supplier to customer i.e. storing, delivering and providing a product to the end user as quickly as possible. For most, making their products available through vending machines is often a key part of…

DFT Challenges for Phase-Shifted Functional Clocks

DFT Challenges for Phase-Shifted Functional Clocks

The use of mixed-signal processing is becoming vital among a wide variety of applications like telecommunication, networking, sensor chips, etc. In many designs, we have seen phase-shifted clocks being used by RTL designers. In a case where two flops are driven by phase-shifted clocks, we may not need to fix…

System Verilog Assertions Simplified

Abstract Assertion is a very powerful feature of System Verilog HVL (Hardware Verification Language). Nowadays it is widely adopted and used in most of the design verification projects. This article explains the concurrent assertions syntaxes, simple examples of their usage and details of passing and failing scenarios along with waveform…

overcoming challenges of futuristic transistor technology below 5nm node

Overcoming challenges of futuristic transistor technology below 5nm node

The ‘Semiconductor era’ started in 1960 with the invention of the integrated circuit. In an integrated circuit, all the active-passive components and their interconnection are integrated on a single silicon wafer, offering numerous advantages in terms of portability, functionality, power, and performance. The VLSI industry is following Moore’s law for…

Power Dissipation in VLSI: Moving to Low Power SoC Design While Improving Performance

Power Dissipation in VLSI: Moving to Low Power SoC Design...

In the past, during the desktop PC era, VLSI design’s primary goal was to optimize the speed of the real-time computational functions such as gaming, video compressing, and graphics. Due to that, we now have semiconductor ICs that can integrate various graphical processing units and signal processing modules that have…

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…