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I Need ASIC IP. Where Can I Find Information?

By Kenneth Chang. The world's best IP ecosystem is ChipEstimate.com . That's what we're hearing every day from our customers. Second to none as a solution, ChipEstimate.com took DAC by storm, with its incredible line up of IP Talks! sessions...  Read More »
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Tidbits From TSMC Q209 Earnings Call - 40nm Yield

Earning calls sure are interesting! Below is an excerpt from the TSMC Q209 call (transcript from seekingalpha). The discussion revolves around the 40nm yield issues and TSMC's ramp to improving the yield. Dr. Liu really hits on a key element of DFM...  Read More »
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Friday Fun: The Next Generation is Back!

After a bit of a hiatus due to some production issues, we're resuming the series of The Next Generation episodes. This week's episode starts with a review of the previous episode since it was so long ago, and deals with how companies have to make...  Read More »
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A Classification of ESL - High Level Synthesis Tools

These days, there is a lot of talk of what the next design methodology for Digital Systems will be and how this methodology will be the replacement of RTL Synthesis. The term ESL (Electronic System Level) is used as a general term for the new wave of...  Read More »
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Full System vs Sub-system Virtual Prototyping

There is a strong movement in the industry to move to create Virtual Prototypes of systems, prior to RTL coding. These Virtual Prototypes are being used for early software development and architectural analysis. Since there are typically many blocks in...  Read More »
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Advanced Node Panel: Making The Case For Restricted Design Rules

You would think that designers would not welcome restrictions on what they do, but panelists at the recent Design Automation Conference saw restricted design rules (RDRs) as a helpful and necessary step towards 32 nm/28 nm IC design. Panelists from AMD...  Read More »
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Reflections on Life and Death in the Memory Sector: Spansion and Qimonda, Long on Technology, Have Too Few Friends in High Place$

Hammered by market events, two significant memory suppliers suffer in Chapter 11 of bankruptcy. For one, Qimonda, it is almost over, as its assets are being liquidated just as the DRAM market shows near-life again. For the other, Spansion, the final chapter...  Read More »
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Intel vs ARM - Did the Embedded Systems Conference India Shed Light on the Battle?

Being a Brit, Cricket is never very far from my thoughts especially when travelling to India, the biggest cricket mad nation in the world. There is a saying in cricket that you should always think of doing what the opposition would least like, a statement...  Read More »
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My 25-Year Design Automation Conference Retrospective

Last week at the Design Automation Conference, it dawned on me that since the first Design Automation Conference I attended was in 1985, this is my 25th DAC. Both the conference and the EDA industry have seen major changes since that time – and...  Read More »
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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...  Read More »
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