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DAC report: Video Interview With Zocalo

One of the benefits of the annual Design Automation Conference is the opportunity for innovative start-ups to make their mark. This year, our partner Zocalo made several " must see lists " for their Zazz platform's ability to make life easier...  Read More »
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Why The UVM Is Ready For Production Use Today - Part 1

As I mentioned in my DAC report , I spent the largest percentage of my time at the OVM-UVM booth, educating attendees on the status of the Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) and answering their questions. Many people had heard about the UVM, although...  Read More »
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DAC 2010 – A “Coming Out” Party For 3D-IC Design

Overall, the 2010 Anaheim DAC was livelier than the years before. Customer and vendor faces were not long and serious, but more purposeful and forward-looking. The recent M&A activity also brought in some rays of sunshine. The EDA360 vision for the...  Read More »
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New Freescale ARM-M4 and ColdFire-based 32-bit microcontrollers feature on-chip nanocrystal non-volatile memories

June’s Microprocessor Report carries an article written by Editor-in-Chief Jim Turley that describes two new 32-bit microcontroller families from Freescale (formerly Motorola Semiconductor)--one family dubbed Kinetis featuring an ARM Cortex-M4 processor...  Read More »
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Now Available: Encounter RTL Compiler 10.1

The latest major release of Encounter ® RTL Compiler is available for download (look for "RC101"). Some of the highlights include: Quality of Silicon improvements. A lot of work continues to go into improving results, especially physical...  Read More »
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Intel + Best Buy + SSD = Sign of the Times

Intel recently announced that Best Buy is now carrying its retail-boxed X25-M (mainstream) and X25-V (value) SSDs. The 80-Gbyte X25-M sells for $229.99 and the 40-Gbyte X25-V sells for $129.99. Neither of these drives is large enough to act as a replacement...  Read More »
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Intel’s Gadi Singer: Applications Drive New Era Of SoC Design

Embedded/SoC Enablement Day was a new event at the recent Design Automation Conference that promised to "shed light" on where embedded systems meet hardware. It got off to a very enlightening start with a Thursday morning keynote speech by Gadi...  Read More »
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Tech Tip On Verification Environment Re-Use

Verification has come a long way this past year, the highlight of which is UVM. UVM gives us verification productivity with testbench re-use because of a well defined SystemVerilog coding structure. But beyond UVM, what are the areas that are the most...  Read More »
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DAC Perspective One Week Later

DAC in Anaheim last week was as busy as always, perhaps more so, and of course I arrived back in San Jose to a mountain of work set aside during the show and the run-up to it. But I have dug myself out enough to look back at DAC and make a few observations...  Read More »
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IntelliGen Moving Into The Spotlight With Pgen Deprecation

Specman's new Aspect Oriented Generation Engine, IntelliGen, has now been in service for several years and we have received much positive feedback from customers in terms of ease of use, solvability, coverage and performance. For more information...  Read More »
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