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  • User Interview: How ECO Handling Works With Equivalence Checking

    Vishvabhusan Pati is a senior staff engineer and manager at Qualcomm , where he’s involved in design work and formal and semi-formal design verification. In this Q&A interview, he discusses advantages and limitations of formal equivalence checking, and describes his experience with automated...
    Posted to Industry Insights (Weblog) by rgoering on Thu, Nov 19 2009
  • User Panel: Can Formal Tools Reduce Need For Simulation?

    It was not surprising that a customer Q&A panel at the Logic Design Technology Event, held at Cadence last week, would focus almost entirely on functional verification. As one panelist noted, verification consumes over 50 percent of the design effort. What I found interesting was the amount of discussion...
    Posted to Industry Insights (Weblog) by rgoering on Mon, Nov 16 2009
  • Panel Question: Should Designers Do Their Own Verification?

    One question that prompted a lively discussion at the recent Cadence Mixed-Signal Design Summit was whether design engineers should do their own verification. This is a particularly good question for analog and mixed-signal design, where the tradition of separate verification teams is not as strong as...
    Posted to Industry Insights (Weblog) by rgoering on Wed, Nov 11 2009
  • How-to Plans for ECOs - Advice From Experts

    By Bassilios Petrakis I often wonder whether designers plan out well in advance their ECO methodology and strategy for a project. For instance, how do they determine how many spare gates to add, what type, where to place them, how to connect them. Or, what is the impact of RTL coding style, aggressive...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Team FED on Thu, Oct 15 2009
  • Do You Also Need to be a DFT, STA, Verification, Low-Power, and Library Expert? Not Anymore!

    By Jack Marshall Sr. Tech Leader, Solutions Our R&D team has just released a major new feature in RTL Compiler 9.1.100. It is called "Quality Analyzer". I call it "RC QA" for short - since that's how you invoke the feature (rc -qa). It's our first attempt at producing...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Team FED on Tue, Aug 4 2009
  • Free Online Training: Conformal LEC

    By Kenneth Chang Core Comp AE Team FED . If you didn't know, Conformal's very own AE team put together some cool training materials for their customers based on large demand to help both new and intermediate users. It's free. And it's personal with Clay and Bruce. You may have even worked...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Team FED on Mon, Jun 22 2009
  • Prototypes, Platforms, and Emulation: Understanding Pros and Cons

    Claims and confusion abound in the marketplace when it comes to three technologies that are widely used for system validation – virtual platforms, emulation, and FPGA prototyping. This posting is an attempt to shed some light by looking at the pros and cons of each. Perspectives given here come...
    Posted to Industry Insights (Weblog) by rgoering on Wed, May 27 2009
  • Making Sense of Version Numbers

    By Matt Rardon Synthesis Solutions Your Cadence contact tells you that the fix you need is in RC 8.1.201. You ask your internal contact what version of RTL Compiler is installed and you are told that it is 08.10-s203_1. Why the discrepancy? Is this the version that you need? The confusion comes from...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Team FED on Tue, Apr 14 2009
  • My Twitter Experiment - Just Follow Me

    "I didn't know that Conformal ECO-physical was released. When did that happen? Which version of LEC?" , said one of my customers said recently. I have a lot of customers who ask about the latest product information once in a while. I see my peeps at seminars, customer visits, workshops...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Kenneth Chang on Tue, Mar 24 2009
  • What I'm Thankful For - The Geek Version

    Here in the US, it is approaching Thanksgiving. Traditionally at this time of year, people gather with their families and give thanks for their blessings over the year. Or at least that’s what the Hallmark Cards show. Blogs will traditionally be full of these kinds of happy, joyful thoughts. But...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Rich Owen on Fri, Nov 21 2008
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