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Michael Hopkins, founder of CurrentRF
Michael Hopkins, founder of CurrentRF
Michael Hopkins is the founder of CurrentRF, A California based company founded in 2002. Through activities with CurrentRF, Michael developed the RFDAC methodology and Current Reuse Mixer (the CRF2101) in 2002, and more recently, the PowerOptimizer (PowerOp) methodologies and technologies the … More »

USB used as an Analog-RF Port

 
January 26th, 2016 by Michael Hopkins, founder of CurrentRF

Most associate USB and it’s hardware as a digital and system data transfer protocol only.  Thinking of USB in terms of Analog and RF has only recently been a subject of interest in USB design, a necessity with the advent of USB 3 speeds and protocols.   In fact, RF effects become dominant in the data transfer speeds involved with in USB 3.    CurrentRF has developed a methodologies and technologies that allow server and network device USB ports, normally thought as digital and system data transfer ports, to be used as Analog/RF pickup ports for system noise and power reduction.

If one opens and ignores the data lines used for any flavor of USB, and focuses only on the resident +5V power and ground lines, one will see a rich source of RF frequencies of significant magnitude, that would enable energy harvesting techniques to be employed to recover this resident, generated energy.  In fact, if one utilizes an ac coupled spectrum analyzer of sufficient bandwidth, one will not only see frequency spikes and noise related to USB data transfers, but “coupled in” frequencies and noise energies related to other aspects of servers and network devices.

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Check out what DAC has in store for you!

 
January 25th, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC

Chuck Alpert, General Chair of the 53rd DAC was recently interviewed by Warren Savage on Take Five.  Check out what DAC has in store this upcoming June and learn how you can still participate in the DAC program!

DVCon Europe: European Practicality With International Relevance

 
October 30th, 2015 by Dave Kelf

On November 11th and 12th, DVCon Europe will once again take place in the lovely city of Munich. The inaugural event last year demonstrated a clear need for this event in Europe, with a focus on practical information that allowed the attendees to get a rapid, all-encompassing update on a broad range of design and verification techniques. Furthermore, it also showed the international audience those areas where Europe leads, influencing EDA development and thinking on a global basis.

This year’s show promises an even bigger and better program. It is expected to grow significantly, and indeed, early registrations, the size of the exhibit, and the number of papers and tutorials all bear this out. The theme of the conference, focused on the predominantly European automotive semiconductor segment, acts as a driver for next-generation design and verification across the entire industry, given the absolute reliability requirements of these devices. Subject areas, including system-level abstraction, analog/mixed-signal devices, UVM and other advanced verification, will all be discussed during a number of networking opportunities including a Gala dinner, included as part of the registration.
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Why the DAC Designer Track is the best deal in town

 
May 28th, 2015 by Anne Cirkel

Memorial Day has come and gone, which means two things: summer is here and DAC is officially upon us. In just over a week the doors will open at Moscone Center with a blockbuster designer keynote: Brian Otis, director of Google’s smart contact lens project. Brian, the first Googler to ever take DAC’s main stage, is just one reason to consider registering for the designer and IP tracks if you haven’t already. Others include access to great lineup of marketing-free, engineer-to-engineer sessions, daily networking receptions (yes, you grown-up undergrads, there will be lots of free food and drink), the rest of the keynotes (did you know DAC is also welcoming a MacArthur genius this year?) and of course the exhibit floor. Not bad for just $95.

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Emulation Takes Center Stage

 
May 27th, 2015 by Lauro Rizzatti

Emulation is enjoying its moment in the spotlight and none too soon. Design complexity of all types has conspired to make chip verification an arduous task. These days, the fabric of system-on-chip (SoC) designs includes several processing cores, large sets of specialized IP, a plethora of peripherals and complex memories, routinely pushing the design size into the hundreds of million gates. Embedded software now exceeds the complexity of the hardware.

Consider that for each hardware designer there are at least five software developers. No surprise that chip verification and validation has become an overriding concern for all project teams, particularly when hardware and software integration is concerned. Here is where the rubber meets the road, and where the verification challenges reach their peak.

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Experience the DVContinuum

 
May 15th, 2015 by Oliver Bell

What’s the DVContinuum?

For more than 25 years, DVCon is the premier conference to discuss challenges and achievements for Functional Design and Verification of Electronic Systems and Integrated Circuits. The DVContinuum includes the well-established DVCon United States in March, augmented with DVCon India in September and DVCon Europe in November (Munich, Nov 11 – 12, 2015).

For each region, DVCon provides a well-chosen mixture of technical paper sessions, tutorials, key notes, posters and exhibits. Sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, DVCon attendees get access to the latest information on various Accellera Standards and its application for system-level design, modelling and verification (including UVM, SystemC, SystemVerilog, IP-XACT and many more). The topics include system-level virtual prototyping, IP reuse, design automation, mixed-signal design, low power design and verification. Facilitating DVCon not only in the US but also in Asia and Europe allow networking and discussions in a much broader audience and expand DVCon’s value to wider community than those only who have the opportunity to travel to the US.

If you like to share your experience with the DVContinuum, submit your paper: DVCon Europe deadlines are May 11th for your draft paper and June 1st for your Tutorial submission. More info: http://dvcon-europe.org (India: http://dvcon-india.org/ US: http://dvcon.org/ )

The DVContinuum Anno 2015 – a Historic Perspective

As DVCon attendee, you will hear a lot about “shift left” and early verification of complex systems. This is not a new concept at all, even it may look like today. A very epic example for a historic shift left had been called out by John F Kennedy in May 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” At that time, the required technologies and procedures for a moon landing did not even exist.

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EDA’s momentum reflected in DAC’s record breaking year

 
April 22nd, 2015 by Anne Cirkel

Times are good in EDA. 2014 was a record revenue year for our industry, according to an April 13 EDAC announcement. Several technology areas (IC physical design and semiconductor IP) and geographies (the Americas and Asia-Pacific) experienced double digit growth in Q4. The number of people working in EDA is on the rise, too: a total of 31,735 employees at companies EDAC tracks in Q4 2014, compared to 29,880 employees a year earlier. This rising tide is lifting all boats — including #52DAC, which I invite you to register for today if you haven’t already.

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Seeds of a great conference: Keynote superstars and stellar refereed content at DAC 52

 
March 19th, 2015 by Anne Cirkel

Nose around the design automation industry a bit and you’re sure to find mention of the goal to “shift left.” Basically the idea is to try to solve problems and add value earlier in the design cycle. Engineers usually first stitch together basic functional blocks of whatever they are building before moving on to higher level system integration and software tasks. Turns out this isn’t a bad metaphor for conference planning. Like chips and ICs, conferences work best when the essential elements (in this case, marquee presenters and core technical content) are in place early. I can safely report this is more or less true now for DAC 52—which is slated to be simply amazing when it’s finally “launched” this summer.


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DesignCon Panel On Next – Gen Engineering has our young engineers voicing their opinion on the future of engineering

 
March 4th, 2015 by Shachi Nandan Kakkar

DesignCon, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, is one of the biggest annual conference on product technologies, design methodologies, and EDA software, with a focus on system-on-chip design.
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Breaking DAC records

 
February 11th, 2015 by Anne Cirkel

In tech it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that you’re either growing or dying, on the way up or on the way out. I poked modest fun at Apple in an earlier post, but their latest financial results certainly illustrate the point. By now you’ve probably heard that Apple’s $18 billion quarterly profit was the largest ever reported by a public company. At DAC, we may not be selling 34,000 iPhones per hour around the clock for three straight months (wow!), but we are setting our own records.

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