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SSD and HDD Economic Forecast: Analyst Jim Handy Speaks Out

By Steve Leibson for Denali Software If you’re waiting for solid-state drives (SSDs) to overtake hard-disk drives (HDDs) as the storage device of choice in computers, servers, and consumer devices then Objective Analysis ’ Jim Handy has a message for...  Read More »
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Scalability Made OVM The Ideal Choice For UVM

The popularity of OVM that made it the idea choice for Accellera's UVM is rooted in it's uniquely scalable architecture. Today's announcement by Mitsubishi Electric and the OVM Advanced Topics tutorial at DVCon are examples of scalability...  Read More »
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RTL-to-GDSII Does Not Need Re-tooling - It Needs Re-definition!

I recently saw a blog post written by a competitor on a purportedly neutral EDA blog, that called for a re-tooling of the RTL-to-GDSII flow. The argument was that for designs 20M gates or larger, you needed to synthesize at the chip-level, and synthesize...  Read More »
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Things You Didn't Know About Virtuoso: Options? What Options?

Recently, I got involved in helping out a customer who had become frustrated using the "stretch" command in the Virtuoso Schematic Editor. They were posing all kinds of detailed questions about the different options to the command. Options?...  Read More »
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Analog Simulation – Looking Beyond “Wall Clock” Time

The primary way that people describe or categorize analog simulators is in terms of raw performance – what one might call “wall clock” time. That’s a short-sighted view. The real issue is verification productivity, and that’s...  Read More »
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Q&A With Nick Heaton: Accelerating Verification Methodology and Tool Adoption

TeamMDV: Have you ever wondered why EDA Vendors don't make it easier for our customers to learn new techniques and methodologies, or at least provide a solid reference flow to try out new releases of the tools or to be able to compare releases on...  Read More »
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Tech Tip: Waving Specman Objects in SimVision

Did you know that you can wave Specman objects in IES-XL *and* also save the wave setup for automatically restarting the simulation? If not, this tech tip is for you! Here is the process: Step 0 – Once you are happy with your waveform setup, don’t...  Read More »
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The End of NAND Flash as we Know It: Micron’s Dean Klein and Samsung’s Tony Kim Look at Life After Flash

By Steve Leibson for Denali Software Today, NAND Flash is king of the semiconductor memories in terms of cost per bit, a position it has held since 2004 or 2005. Consequently, NAND Flash serves as the technology driver for semiconductor processing--a...  Read More »
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Encounter Screencast: Editing Wires More Quickly With Bindkeys

The Encounter Digital Implementation System offers interactive wire editing capabilities via the Wire Editor. This is one part of the tool that becomes much easier to use with the help of a few bindkeys. In particular, I find the "Shift-S" bindkey...  Read More »
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Should IC Designers Worry About Temperature?

Three years ago I wrote an EE Times article about the growing importance of thermal gradients and thermal analysis at 90 nm and below. That article turned out to be ahead of its time. Today, thermal issues are not among the top few designer concerns at...  Read More »
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