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Logic Design,The Next Generation

  • Friday Fun: Tapeout!

    Well, this is the finale of this season of The Next Generation. In it, the Dante Semi team celebrates their on-time tapeout, thanks to adopting modern design methodologies. It also has a bit of intrigue at the end. Hopefully this series has been entertaining and educational. We figured we would try something...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Sep 11 2009
  • Friday Fun: A Last-minute ECO

    In this week's episode, the Dante Semi team is about to tape out when they get a last minute spec adjustment from their primary customer. Does this sound familiar? How will they make the change and verify it quickly enough to be able to tape out on time? (Hint: Conformal ECO ). Enjoy! If video fails...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Sep 4 2009
  • Friday Fun: Cutting Ties to the Past

    In last week's installment , we left the Dante Semiconductor team when they were nearing tapeout, but their old vendor was asserting its own interests over that of the project. In this week's episode, the team comes together to break the final link so that they can move forward with taping out...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Aug 28 2009
  • Friday Fun: Modern Methodology Has Benefits

    In this week's episode of "The Next Generation", the Dante Semi team reviews the project status after adopting many new techniques, such as power shutoff, assertion-based verification, physical synthesis, and multi-supply multi-voltage optimization. It looks like things are going well!...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Aug 14 2009
  • Friday Fun: Sabotage!

    In last week's episode , we saw the Dante Semi team finally adopting modern chip design techniques, and as a result things were finally going well for them. But then some strange things started to happen. At first they thought there were bugs in their new software, but in this week's episode...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, May 22 2009
  • Friday Fun: Dante Semi Adopting Modern Chip Design Techniques

    In this week's episode the team gets down to business, finally adopting modern chip design tools. All seems to be going really well, but then some strange things start to happen to the design. Good thing their new verification flow is able to catch them. But why are they happening? Click here if...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, May 15 2009
  • Friday Fun: The Secrets of EDA Marketing

    A little context for this episode - the old EDA company sent in their execs in the previous episode - so here we have Charlene bringing her marketing guy along to try to salvage things with Chip. Chip is annoyed, but decides to have them be useful. Big mistake. Jack Erickson
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, May 8 2009
  • Friday Fun: Bring Out Your Dead!

    You can tell the actors had a lot of fun filming this week's episode (for previous episodes click here ). Given where the project stood, the design team apparently needed to blow off some steam before they took on switching to a modern methodology. And even under pressure, Alice is able to articulate...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, May 1 2009
  • Friday Fun: Even a Marketing Guy Can Use InCyte!

    In this week's episode, Gronk, the unfrozen caveman marketing guy, discovers how easy it is to explore a new power architecture and get both technical and economic estimates using the InCyte software. Meanwhile, the design team realizes that what they need is an Extreme Makeover, Methodology Edition...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Apr 24 2009
  • Friday Fun: Sweaty AE Finishes His Presentation

    This is a continuation of last week's cliffhanger , when in the middle of a compelling presentation, the Sweaty AE from Cadence agitated Gronk, the unfrozen caveman marketing guy. These things happen. In this week's episode, the AE manages to get through the rest of the presentation and describe...
    Posted to Logic Design (Weblog) by Jack Erickson on Fri, Apr 17 2009
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