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IP Integration to accelerate SoCs

As the accelerating market of SoCs inevitably means a faster rate of adoption, system level designers are also faced with fragmenting markets, with new standards adopted and with multiple types of complex requirements in a system. The integration of IP (Intellectual Property) can be a boon, but there are caveats, as Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor reports.

Keeping upstream with video content

The quadrupling of resolution in 4k video opens up broadcast, gaming and other sectors to a world of mobility via the ubiquitous smartphone. By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor.

Behind the Graphics

Graphics processing is no longer a case of monochrome or color, but shading to add depth in computer games, digital signage or medical equipment.

Low Power Is The Norm, Not The Exception

Low Power Design is now the main stream in IC development. There is no more a separation between plugged-in circuits and battery powered devices.

What Is Not Testable Is Not Fixable

DFT is a key component of IC design. The technology is evolving to include architecture and algorithms development. Standards play a key role as well.

Deeper Dive-Imagination promises a game-changer for multi-core design

In a recent announcement, Imagination Technologies introduced the first IP cores to combine a 64bit architecture and hardware virtualization with scalable performance through multi-threading, multi-core and multi-cluster coherent processing.

Deeper Dive – Intel’s 14nm – August 29, 2014

Earlier this month, Intel announced details of the Core M processor microarchitecture, the first to be manufactured using 14nm.

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.

Deeper Dive – Graphene Research – Aug. 27 2014

Recent research on the behavior of bilayer graphene brings scientists at Aarhus University, Denmark and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) closer to using grapheme in transistors, and other, alternative energy devices, writes Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor.

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.