Stand (Tall) and Deliver

Filed under “Don’t Try This at Home” or “Not to be Taken Lightly”, most EDA engineering teams don’t even consider building their own language front end. Most of you will know the name Verific and some probably have used their language parsers a time or two (or twenty), but many of you may not know that Verific also has a robust and comprehensive startup program. In this week’s Fish Fry, Rick Carlson and I chat about how your startup can stand out from the crowd with a little help from Verific. Rick also shares with us some Verific-assisted startup success stories and explains why the giraffe is Verific’s signature giveaway.

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Links for July 22, 2016

More information about Verific Design Automation

More information about the 2016 MEMS Executive Congress

Enter your design in The MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase

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Silicon Without Software is Just Sand

No one builds a chip without simulation, right? In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the value of virtual prototypes to simulate embedded software. Simon Davidmann (CEO - Imperas) and I chat about about why he thinks no one should design embedded software without simulation, and the benefits of using virtual platforms to develop a verification and test environmentAlso this week, we investigate a whole new way to design chips, and it's called Swarm. We examine the details of this new 64-bit architecture developed by MIT, how it could revolutionize the way multicore chips prioritize tasks, and why Swarm could make writing software a whole lot easier.

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Links for July 15, 2016

More information about Imperas

ARM Cortex-A72 Models and Virtual Platforms Released by Imperas and Open Virtual Platforms

More information about Swarm

Unlocking Ordered Parallelism with the Swarm Architecture (Whitepaper)

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Choose Your Own FPGA Adventure

What if you could have your FPGA cake and eat it too? What if you could modify your RTL post-production and have several variations of an algorithm on the same chip? Let me introduce you to eFPGAs. Yoan Dupret from Menta joins Fish Fry this week to discuss the details of Menta’s eFPGAs, the benefits of embedding field programmable gate array fabric as an IP core, and what process geometries are supported by Menta's eFPGAs.  Also this week, Fish Fry welcomes Ramy Iskander from Intento. Ramy and I chat about the challenges of tools in the analog world and how Intento is working on fixing the “Moore’s Law Bottleneck”.

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Links for July 8, 2016

More information about Menta

More information about Intento

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The Productivity Gap

He’s been up all night. The row of green and white soda cans marks the passage of time in a steady line across his desk. Everyone else has gone home for the day, but he’s still here, clicking "send to voicemail" on his Mom's call. Nothing, including days without sleep, is going to distract him from his looming deadline. We’ve all been there at least once or twice in our career - burning the engineering candle at both ends, struggling to do more with less. In this week’s Fish Fry, we take a closer look at the “Productivity Gap” that plagues all of us at one time or another. Andy Potemski (Synopsys) and I discuss the void between the enormous capacity of today's chips and our ability to get the design job done. We discuss how the Lynx Design System can make our system design lives a whole lot easier and why the "Productivity Gap" is more prevalent now than ever before. 

Links for July 1, 2016

More information about Lynx Design System

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Maxim Integrated’s High Efficiency Power Solutions for 24V+ Systems 

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Are We There Yet?

Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. (Jerry Seinfeld)

We know what roads will lead us to the 7nm semiconductor node and frankly, they’re not all that scenic. In this week’s Fry Fry, we tackle the trials and tribulations of this tiny titan with David Freid from Coventor. David and I discuss the biggest challenges we will face at this smallest of the small process geometry, how virtual fabrication and predictive modeling can help solve some of our problems, and why the most important question surrounding this new node isn’t being asked: "Should we even go to 7nm?" In this week’s Kickstarter Corner, we check out the coolest new Star Wars campaign to hit the kickstartin’ airwaves: Kyberlight Sabers - The strongest, brightest, and best combat-ready sabers in the galaxy!

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Links for June 24, 2016

More information about Coventor

More information about Kyberlight

Kickstarter Corner: Kyberlight

New Episode of Chalk Talk: TI LaunchPad Ecosystem

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The Amalgamation Situation

Keep innovation in your back pocket and the end game in your sights at all times. This race is ride or die. The data center waits for no one. Mark Papermaster (CTO - AMD) joins Fish Fry this week to discuss the complex chip competition in the data center market, why open ecosystems are the lynchpin of data center evolution, and why he believes that your product is only as good as your team.  Also this week, we take a closer look at how you can maximize your performance-per-watt with Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs.

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Links for June 17, 2016

More information about AMD

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Running Out of Processing Power? No Problem.

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DAC to the Future

It's that time again! This week's Fish Fry is coming to y'all from the great state of Texas and the heart of the electronic design ecosystem: the Design Automation Conference in Austin. We're laying out a virtual chuckwagon of DAC bounty. For our first course, we'll fry up some IP with David Rose of UltraSoC. Next, dig in to delicious debug automation with Daniel Hansson of Verifyter. And finally, you can feast on aromatic ASIC/FPGA verification with Louie DeLuna and Krzysztof Szczur of Aldec. You'll also want to stick around for our take on the entertaining bits and bobs at this year's conference and a special News You May Have Missed.

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Links for June 10, 2016

More information about the 2016 Design Automation Conference

More information about UltraSoC

More information about Verifyter

More information about Aldec

Aldec Extends Spectrum of Verification Tools for Use in Digital ASIC Designs

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Rugged IoT and Can You Spot the Difference?

Are you ready for a challenge? In this week’s Fish Fry, Greg Roberts introduces us to EMA’s Can You Spot the Difference Contest where you can win a Raspberry Pi 3 by pitting yourself against OrCAD 17.2 in comparing different schematics. Also this week, Matthias Huber (ADLINK) joins Fish Fry to discuss the challenges of designing rugged IoT systems. 

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Links for June 3, 2016

More information about EMA

Enter EMA's Can You Spot the Difference Contest

More information about ADLINK

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Bridge Over Pixelated Water

We're talking about the building blocks of electronic design in this week's Fish Fry. First, we take a closer look at some groundbreaking transistor technology. We investigate new research coming out of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology that could finally make graphene tunneling transistors a reality. Also this week, we examine Lattice Semiconductor's CrossLink pASSP with Subra Chandramouli. Subra and I dive down into the details of this new programmable bridging device and reveal how ASSP and the FPGA parts of the CrossLink story can help you with your next camera or interface-enhanced design. 

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Links for May 27, 2016

More information about Lattice Semiconductor

More information about CrossLink™

Feature Article by Jim Turley: The World’s Best Multiplexer - Lattice CrossLink pASSP Fits Into the Odd Spaces in New Designs

Abrupt current switching in graphene bilayer tunnel transistors enabled by van Hove singularities (Whitepaper)

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Planes, Trains, and Processors

A vapor trail streams across an empty sky. Steel wheels slowly grind to a halt in the early morning fog. We're headed to the heart of critical embedded system design in this week's Fish Fry. Nigel Forrester (Concurrent Technologies) and I chat about overcoming the challenges of high performance embedded computing, the importance of security in Intel-based processor cards, and what the “Under 17 Car Club" is all about. Also this week, we attempt to unravel  the mysteries of industrial power supply design.

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Links for May 20, 2016

More information about Concurrent Technologies

New episode of Chalk Talk: Powering Non-Isolated 24V Rail Applications Made Easy


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