EDA

June 13, 2012

Low-power logic for steampunks

MEMS relay-based devices offer the ultimate in subthreshold leakage: they don't have any. Design and technology advances are promising to overcome problems with reliability, design and speed, according to Tsu-Jae King Liu of UC Berkeley.
June 11, 2012

Degrees of freedom for finFETs

FinFET or trigate structure provide a number of degrees of freedom in design in the battle against DIBL – and one of those dimensions is doping, Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu explained in a course ahead of the 2012 VLSI Symposia this week.
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May 29, 2012

DAC 2012: Calypto brings tools together for high-level power savings

Calypto has combined the Catapult high-level synthesis (HLS) tool with elements of its PowerPro software to focus on the demand for lower-power SoC designs.
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May 29, 2012

DAC 2012: Accellera takes first step to a real coverage standard

UCIS 1.0 will provide a common format to analyze and compare data from different vendors' tools. Yup, it's a 'Biden' of a deal.
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May 29, 2012

DAC 2012: OCP-IP moves to further ease reuse

The partnership's 3.1 specification is open for review, with performance enhancements and alignment to Accellera's IP-XACT for metadata
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May 22, 2012

Making dummy fill smarter

Guest blogger Jeff Wilson discusses some of the subtleties involved in the effective use of dummy fill in deep sub-micron IC designs.
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April 25, 2012

No more spaghetti

Cutting the cabling to simplify the emulation process.
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April 17, 2012

SpringSoft tackles analog automation with new twist on constraints

SpringSoft is trying a different approach to constraint-based design in a bid to improve the automation of custom and mixed-signal design, particularly on advanced process nodes.
April 13, 2012

U2U notebook: five sources of EDA growth… and golf clubs

Mentor Graphics' CEO Wally Rhines picked out the trends he says can boost design productivity and drive growth for tools vendors at the company's Silicon Valley User2User conference
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April 2, 2012

Mixed-signal for the rest of us from Triad

The specialist AMS foundry Triad Semiconductor has married its ViaASIC drag and drop libraries to Mentor Graphics' SystemVision design environment.

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