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Blog Review – Dec 02

When everyone hits the shops, some bloggers want to see presents fall from the sky. This week there is also a sleek design project, new uses for SoCs, an Arduino project (with video) a hypervisor discussion and a summit review.

Hot Trends for 2015

System Companies are changes in development methods will be more obvious in 2015 together with higher percentages of mixed/signals designs.

Blog Review – Monday October 27 2014

Synopsys won’t let the hybrid debate mess with your head; automating automotive verification; the write stuff; software’s role in wearable medical technology; ARM’s bandwidth stretching.
By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor

Cortex-M processor Family at the Heart of IoT Systems

ARM’s Cortex®-M7 provides performance and low power to IoT applications

Complexity of Mixed-signal Designs

The major constituent of system complexity today is the integration of computing with mechanical and human interfaces. Both of these are analog in nature, so designing mixed-signal systems is a necessity. The entire semiconductor chain is impacted by this requirement.

Newer Processes Raise ESL Issues

Leaving the solution to design and integration problems to a later stage of the development process creates more complexity since the network impacted is much larger. Each node in the architecture is now a collection of components and primitive electronic elements that dilute and thus hide the intended functional architecture.

Blog Review – Mon. July 14 2014

Accellera prepares UVM; Shades of OpenGL ES; Healthy heart in 3D; Webinar for SoC-IoT; Smart watch tear-down

Are Wearables Restricted to Fitness and Health?

Wearables have secured a base in the fitness and health markets but growth is linked to associated technologies, related industries and emerging applications.

Starting A New EDA Company

If you want to start a new successful EDA company look at the system level. Develop hardware and software components and the tools to assemble them together with third party proprietary components into a leading edge system.

The cost and complexity of the 14 nm process requires designers to be more creative in exploiting the characteristics of older processes. Tradeoffs between financial and technological issues are more important than ever.