Heat dissipation; nanocrystal uniformity; unzipped nanotubes.
Flexible chips; plastics; temporal cloaking.
Announcements highlight an increasing focus on improving power and performance.
Multicore and advanced nodes bring a whole new kind of problem—too much data.
Are low-power processors suitable for high-performance computing? In some cases, yes.
First of three parts: New verification challenges; the impact of more IP and integration; fitting within a power budget; what’s missing from the flow; performance vs. power.
While the industry has been talking about SoC power optimization for years, it is still in the early stages of shifting to a ‘Design for Power’ paradigm.
Modified platform approaches are beginning to take root across the industry. The question isn’t whether they will work, but when they will gain traction and what they will look like.
Advanced semiconductors are being applied in the automotive space in new ways all the time. Alongside this comes the low power challenge.
Consistent methodologies need to be developed, tools need to be power-aware, and all of this has to be connected into design flows—quickly.
Efforts are underway to improve the SoC design flow by bringing more electrical information forward.
Finding a happy medium between power and complexity is an ongoing challenge, and it’s only getting worse from here.
What is considered green today as it relates to SoCs means different things from different perspectives, but all of it could have big implications for the Internet of Things.
Defining signoff and its problems; the impact of multiple power islands and millions of transistors; static timing analysis; the pros and cons of margin; how EDA companies choose their R&D targets.
Second of three parts: Complex solutions require ecosystem support; statistical analysis and solutions; design vs. methodology; margin effects; tradeoffs between early feedback and tool performance.
Last of three parts: FinFET unknowns; electromigration; parasitics; libraries; SPICE models; corners; thinner wires; characterization; less data because of rising costs; abstraction vs. flat verification.
First of three parts: Less leakage, but uncertainty about reliability, and big challenges with power density and moving designs from one foundry to the next; pin accessibility becomes more difficult; fixed widths; thermal unknowns.
Second of three parts: Development costs; double patterning; ROI; finFETs vs. stacked die; who’s calling the shots; process variability and gate variants; new design rules.
Last of three parts: Parasitics; power density; dynamic power variability; throttling back performance; improving software efficiency and other architectural approaches.
First of three parts: Incompatible tools and methodologies; multivendor tool issues; low-power verification reality check; user issues; the impact of complexity and feature shrinking.
Second of three parts: What’s missing; extra work required; making IP work better; the limits of abstractions; how power will be integrated in the future.
Last of three parts: Determining power intent; keeping up with complexity, but sweating along the way; tool versioning problems; software; merging function and power.
First of three parts: Memory access time; SoC complications; tradeoffs with energy efficiency; external causes of latency; the good and bad of software design; network impacts; dependencies and intrinsic issues.
Where the pain points will be in design going forward, and why the future looks bright, anyway.
What’s changed in the design flow and why new techniques are necessary to deal with complexity.
Jasper CEO Kathryn Kranen speaks up on why formal verification is suddenly so interesting and how power has become enemy No. 1.
Signoff has become a balancing act between what’s good enough and time-to-market demands.
A look at the array of challenges ahead for semiconductor manufacturing and design.
A look at the challenges of effectively dealing with latency in semiconductor design.
What’s new with power formats and what else can be done to save power in complex SoCs.
Obstacles to achieving more efficient SoC designs and what can be done to overcome them.
A candid discussion about the future of Moore’s Law, multicore, many-core and multiple cores, and the challenge of getting software to be more efficient.
Synopsys CEO Aart de Geus talks about complexity, software and hardware, and the future of design.