The arrival of the 10nm process will impact the way that designers approach custom and mixed-signal layout. Cadence Design Systems has made changes to its Virtuoso environment that deploy increased automation support and electrically-aware layout to deal with the upcoming issues.
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The 10nm process will see changes to multiple patterning that demands changes in the implementation flow, along with an increased focus on the effects of variability.
Emulation performance is a key metric in verification. But it is far from being the only consideration. How long it takes to get a design onto a verification platform and aspects such as debug are as important. These factors will control how verification platforms are deployed during a project's life cycle.
In sessions at the 2015 Design Automation Conference, engineers who had worked on finFET-oriented projects revealed how the technology has changed their design practices and where others may want to think twice about making the move.
Mid-market users are driving richer features and cost competition into PCB design software like never before, largely thanks to the Internet of Things.
Ethernet is set to become one of the key communications standards for automotive. Early system-level simulation lets designers gauge performance before moving to hardware prototypes.
Emulation is now served by all three leading vendors and is a hot topic for discussion among engineers. The major verification conferences need to follow suit.
The introduction of the DDR4 memory-bus standard will allow system designers to meet aggressive performance targets for their next-generation systems. But the changes required to support the higher datarates of DDR4 place stringent demands on the PCB designer.
We are moving towards a "continuum of compute", ARM CEO Simon Segars said at CDNLive Silicon Valley, a trend that will reshape design.
High-performance audio processors will introduce consumers to an upgraded theater-quality audio experience.
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