DVCon is a yearly gathering of the chip design verification community held at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. I’m certain its organizers and steering committee are pleased with attendance, the program, the exhibit floor and the opportunity for attendees to network. The mood was serious and intent on learning –– after all, chip design verification is a huge and complex problem. Nonetheless, everyone was in great spirits.
OneSpin® Solutions, provider of innovative formal verification solutions for highly reliable, digital integrated circuits (ICs), announced successful completion of a series of factory inspections and audits of its organization and tool development processes by TÜV SÜD.
After a brief hiatus, my column returns after a few months off. I needed a little break from the deadlines and time it takes to write this little column, which I can proudly say, continues to be a top-read piece every month, on EDACafe.com. (Not to brag but what the heck, my Videos, also on EDACafe.com are also always among the top viewed). As the only NON-TECHNICAL writing of our industry, (I have been faithfully publishing it for the past 12 plus years) I have proudly created an amazing following, I wanted to quickly thank all of you who reached out to me after not seeing anything new from me. I so appreciated all the notes and calls, asking when my new column would be published and generally making sure all was OK with me…from CEO’s and VP’s, to my many friends and followers, hearing from you and having you show me all your support for what I do, means so much to me and I THANK YOU.
There appears to be an unwritten law about the time spent in debug-it is a constant.
It could be that all gains made by improvements in tools and methodologies are offset by increases in complexity, or that the debug process causes design teams to be more conservative. It could be that no matter how much time spent on debug, the only thing accomplished is to move bugs to places that are less damaging to the final product. Or maybe that the task requires an unusual degree of intuition plus logical thinking.
Part 2 of 2: How should companies go about the verification of functional safety and what tools can be used?
The automotive industry is grappling with a tradeoff between cost and safety. Safety is well understood in industries that are cost-insensitive, such as aerospace and medical, and the consumer industry has a long track record of driving down costs while increasing functionality. But can these two industries be brought together in a safe and effective manner to enable automobiles to achieve the goal of autonomous driving?
WHAT GOES UP... This year, both JasperGold and OneSpin are present; but with far less user gush. They were NOT fidget spinners. They weren't fads. And they didn't do anything wrong. The fact that they work led to them being taken for granted. Other tools just took the attention in 2017. Fame is fickle like that.