EDACafe Weekly Review February 22nd, 2017

Come Ride with the Verify Seven, the Next-Gen Verification Leaders
February 17, 2017  by Bob Smith, Executive Director

I’m now able to share with EDACafe readers the news about an exciting evening panel we’re co-hosting with OneSpinSolutions titled, “Ride with the Verify Seven,” during DVCon Monday, February 27.

It will be moderated by industry luminary Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures and features six well-known and readily recognizable verification leaders who grew their companies from startup to medium-sized industry player:

  • Andy Stein, Vice President of North American Sales from Avery Design Systems
  • Adnan Hamid, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Breker Verification Systems
  • Phil Moorby, Chief Architect of Montana, a Phil Kaufman Award recipient presented to him by the ESD Alliance and IEEE CEDA for inventing the Verilog language
  • Raik Brinkmann, President CEO of OneSpin
  • Prakash Narain, Real Intent’s President and CEO
  • Rick Carlson, Verific’s Vice President of Sales and advisor to seven early-stage startups

#54 DAC 4: DAC’s Designer and IP Tracks and the limits of social media
February 17, 2017  by Michael (Mac) McNamara, Gen Chair 54th DAC; Pres & CEO Adapt-IP

When it comes keeping the growth of design productivity exponential, a key barrier that fell in the past ten years is due to the increasing use of social media, which set free the exchange of focused, expert knowledge, from user to user.  On the web we have very helpful company-curated user forums; and often even better, the stack-exchanges which are user curated, where readers up-vote the most helpful content and as a result these are often the very best place to visit to get unstuck from a problem you recognize you have.

These forums and posts are all reactions against the underfunded, or poorly directed tech publishing team, tasked perhaps by marketing (or the simple desire to keep their employment) to only document what works; and never mention an alternative solution.

Of course a web search will also take you to the swampy places where all you find is others who are stuck with similar problems, and they just bemoan that the vendor doesn’t care, or take you through a litany of things they’ve tried that didn’t work.  One also finds the beginning of tutorials, part one of what was to be a twenty volume tutorial where the blogger planned to impart the wisdom of the ages for how to build the magical thing – and only part one got written – and even that is now out of date.

So, search works great — when you have an idea what the problem is, and you are following a large crowd who has been there before, and they’ve taken the time to create hints.

 

Going hands-on at last year’s Designer/IP track session, with no marketeers in sight!

Roadmap @ ISSCC: When will we Stop Driving our Cars
February 16, 2017  by Peggy Aycinena


Millions of people are talking about when we will stop driving our cars
, many thousands are working on it, and six among those thousands made an appearance Tuesday evening, February 7th, on a panel at IEEE’s International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

Over the course of the hour, the six speakers outlined their different visions of the technical roadmap that must be pursued to achieve fully autonomous cars. Of the six speakers, however, only three actually attempted to answer the panel prompt and their answers were wildly disparate.

So when will we stop driving our cars? 1) It’s impossible to know. 2) Not until 2030. 3) We already are beginning to stop driving our cars.

The panel was moderated by a senior Intel engineer, heavily involved in the company’s newly organized business unit specifically focused on autonomous driving systems.


Ted Miracco is CEO of SmartFlow Compliance Solutions
, a company based in Los Angeles that provides automated tools to help software vendors combat piracy, copyright infringement, and under-compliance. At the company’s recent Anti-Piracy Summit, Miracco was impressed by four specific concerns of executives attending from the EDA and IP industries. The following blog, contributed by Miracco, describes those issues.


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The Four Hacking Issues Weighing on the Minds of EDA Executives

I like spending time with executives from the EDA industry, in part because I used to be an executive in that industry. Last fall at the SmartFlow Anti-Piracy Summit, I had conversations with a dozen or so executives and heard a new urgency in their voices for help solving the challenge of unauthorized use of software and semiconductor IP.

Embedded tools – the third way
February 16, 2017  by Colin Walls

A significant factor in getting any job done properly is having the right tools. This is true whether you are building a kitchen, fixing your car or developing embedded software. Of course, it is the last of these that I am interested in here. I have been evangelizing on this topic for years (decades!). The problem is that there is a similarity – arguably superficial – between programming an embedded system and programming a desktop computer. The same (kind of) languages are used and software design techniques are fairly universal. However, there are really some major differences …

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