Well, I have to say DesignCon 2012 was a complete success. Attendance was high and many industry topics were covered.
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Today’s Guest Blogger is Dwayne Holst, Corporate Applications Engineer for CustomExplorer and Custom WaveView at Synopsys.
High accuracy analog simulations face the classic problem of scalability. Doubling the size of a design roughly quadruples the size of the matrix and dramatically increases a simulation’s run time to the point where a design team simply cannot wait for it to finish. Conversely, the team cannot proceed without knowing that the design is functioning. Conundrum!
For those of you who made it to the recent San Jose SNUG meeting, you may have noticed a presentation titled, “Using Custom Designer to ‘Blow Up’ a Design”. I can assure you there were no pyrotechnics involved – the ‘Blow Up” really meant ‘Scale Up” since the paper detailed how we were able to use the power of Custom Designer to reverse the sands of time. Our normal IP flow is a forward migration from an existing process node down the scaling curve to a more advanced – smaller – node. In this case, several customers requested a 130nm implementation of a piece of our production proven IP that had just been released on 65nm. Our customer made this request for a variety of reasons but one key reason was tied to the higher cost of 65nm mask production. Moving the design to 130nm would save them a ton of money even if it seems to be moving backwards.
I’m new to this blog stuff. I usually spend my days with my head down working through specs, schedules and the accompanying blizzard of emails and phone calls as we work out the details of the next big release. So, again, welcome–and here we go!
Hello, and welcome to our new blog on the state of custom and AMS IC design at Synopsys. We set out some years ago to address the need for alternatives in custom and analog design software, and with the launch of Galaxy Custom Designer in 2008 we are seeing that vision realized.
If you are reading this, you may have had thoughts on blogging yourself, or perhaps you already are a blogger. One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned from writing a blog is how it can be be used for creating and publicizing my personal “brand”. Personal branding is a way to demonstrate the unique expertise and value that you can provide, to potential employers as well as to colleagues in your profession.
No… I’m not referring to the infamous Denali Party at DAC. It’s really hard to be hip if you dress like those guys in Disco Inferno. No, if you really want to get HIP at DAC, you need to know about the HSPICE Integrator Program. Clever… eh? 🙂