March 2011

February 25, 2011

The trillion dollar mark

Optimism and caution characterized this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
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February 25, 2011

Innovations at ITC 2010

Poster sessions are all too often given Cinderella status at major conferences, but they often contain novel and interesting responses to current technology challenges. This article reviews five poster papers that were released at the 2010 International Test Conference ranging in topic from improved device interfaces for gigahertz test to IP security to the diagnosing [...]
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February 25, 2011

The fundamental question

Nanotechnology's economic potential will only be harnessed through more basic research, according to a new report from the NSF. Paul Dempsey reports.
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February 25, 2011

The fast run

DATE 2011 will be held this month around one of France's most active high-tech clusters. We preview some of the conference's highlights.
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February 25, 2011

The waiting game

As part of our nanotechnology focus, we look at the prospects for graphene and carbon nanotubes in electronics. Paul Dempsey reports.
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February 25, 2011

How to create adaptors between modeling abstraction levels

The article is abstracted from a presentation given at NASCUG by Umesh Sisodia and originally developed by Ashwani Singh of CircuitSutra Technologies on how to create adaptors between various modeling abstraction levels in SystemC.
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February 25, 2011

Firmware verification using SystemVerilog OVM

Your current verification strategy, no matter how robust, may not always satisfy the latest demands placed upon it given the rate of change in semiconductor design. To stay at the forefront of innovation, you must be willing and able to take advantage of the potential in emerging and evolving technologies. It is not simply that […]

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February 25, 2011

Planning reset strategies: flow and functionality in OVM verification components

The article describes a methodology and appropriate code for developing a reset strategy that will work within a verification process. Specifically, the proposal has been drafted within the terms of the Open Verification Methodology.
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February 25, 2011

Demystifying analog and mixed-signal ASICs

The article reviews the design assessment process that a company should undertake when developing an analog-centric application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The authors argue that a number of myths surround strategies that incorporate a large amount of specialist analog design work, including evaluations related to cost and functionality. In particular, the need for differentiation in today's [...]
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February 25, 2011

OVM testbench API for accelerating coverage closure

Constrained random testbenches excel at quickly hitting the majority of coverage but their effectiveness trails off as coverage closure nears completion. This paper describes a testbench API that sits on top of OVM sequences allowing the existing constrained random infrastructure to be guided, enabling faster, more efficient coverage closure. Design and verification engineers can use [...]
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