By the time a serious lithography-related problem is identified at the fab, it is too late in the design process to make simple layout changes. To avoid or reduce design delays, Infineon Technologies uses lithography simulation to detect weak points in a layout and analyze the effect of lithography on the design’s electrical performance. Its [...]
This article describes various non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP) alternatives with specific reference to their integration within system-on-chip designs targeting the 65nm process node and below. The article considers many of the strengths and vulnerabilities of these IP options, and then describes the tests that must be undertaken to ensure their long-term reliability, particularly [...]
The article describes a novel optimization approach that extends leading methodologies to improve performance, power and area. It is based on a pre-generated cell library that extends commercially available foundry libraries and couples it with novel logic optimization to aim for the delivery of near full-custom performance levels. The approach assesses the gate-level netlist generated [...]
Bridging the analog-digital divide is tough, particularly when it comes to verification. The two domains are marked by a host of differences with regard to tools, methodologies and the basic means of developing and testing designs. Analog engineers do most of their work by building and moving graphics while their digital counterparts do most of [...]
We report from National Instruments’ annual user conference, NIWeek 2011, held in a sizzling Austin last month.
But in a good way. As ITC moves to Anaheim’s Disneyland in September, we preview the 2011 edition.
Mentor’s Dennis Brophy, Cadence’s Stan Krolikoski and Synopsys’ Yatin Trivedi describe how you can prepare to adopt Accellera’s Universal Verification Methodology.
Intel says ‘trigate’—finFET to others—but depleted silicon-on-insulator also has its post 22nm supporters. Chris Edwards reports on the debate at 2011’s Semicon West.
The post-DAC period often throws up interesting stuff that can get lost in those brief few weeks before the summer vacation strikes. In the corporate world, this year we had Ansys’ $310M acquisition of Apache Design Solutions. However, given that some kind of deal involving Apache had been mooted before DAC as well—and the size […]
The description of the stimulus to a device-under-test is becoming ever more complex. Complex constraint relationships need to be defined, and the use of randomly generated stimulus to achieve comprehensive coverage metrics is proving less predictable and more labor-intensive. Using the combination of a graph-based stimulus description with a more intelligent algebraic constraint solver, a [...]