By Ann Steffora Mutschler, Semiconductor Engineering | Feat. Sasa Stamenkovic, senior field applications engineer, OneSpin Solutions
In the past, FPGAs were considered a relatively quick and simple way to get to market before committing to the cost and time of developing an ASIC. But today, both FPGAs and eFPGAs are being used in the most demanding applications, including cloud computing, AI, machine learning, and deep learning. In some cases, they are being combined with an ASIC or some other type of application-specific processor or accelerator inside a chip, a package or a system. As a result, requirements for effective power, performance, and area (PPA) are every bit as strict as for ASICs and full-custom chips, and the tradeoffs are equally complicated and often intertwined.
By Sven Beyer and Sergio Marchese, OneSpin Solutions
SystemVerilog assertions can nicely capture many hardware requirements. However, more is needed for security verification.
Safety- and security-critical systems, such as connected autonomous vehicles, require high-integrity integrated circuits (ICs). Functional correctness and safety are necessary to establish IC integrity, but not sufficient. Security is another critical pillar of IC integrity. Systems and products using ICs with security vulnerabilities ultimately undermine the safety and privacy of people. However, hardware security is still in its infancy.
By Tom Anderson, Technical Marketing Consultant, OneSpin Solutions
Automatisierte Konnektivitatsprufung. Die Verbindungen zwischen den Designblocken und I/O-Zellen komplexer Chips lassen sich nicht mittels Inspektion verifizieren. Simulation und Emulation konnen zwar Bugs aufspuren, bleiben aber unvolistandig. Formale Tools dagegen finden nicht nur alle Fehler – sie konnen das auch beweisen.
By Brian Bailey, Semiconductor Engineering | Featuring Rob van Blommestein, Head of Marketing at OneSpin
Can a software engineer create hardware? It may be possible, but not in the way that existing high-level synthesis tools do it.
The ability to automatically generate optimized hardware from software was one of the primary tenets of system-level design automation that was never fully achieved. The question now is whether that will ever happen, and whether it is just a matter of having the right technology or motivation to make it possible.
The RISC-V Foundation, in collaboration with the Linux Foundation, is hosting free, half-day “Getting Started with RISC-V” events in Tel Aviv, Munich, Berlin, Tallinn, Paris and London from Sept. 16-26. RISC-V Foundation members will give presentations and live demonstrations showcasing innovation RISC-V solutions and implementations. Register today to save your spot!
OneSpin Solutions is one of the featured RISC-V Foundation members in the EMEA roadshow, presenting the session, “Verifying the Full Scope of RISC-V Integrity.” OneSpin offers a range of EDA solutions for digital integrated circuits, which enables users to address design challenges in areas where reliability really counts: safety-critical verification, SystemC/C++ high-level synthesis (HLS) code analysis and FPGA equivalence checking. Read on to learn more about the company and what it will be showcasing at the events.