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The 21st Century Engineer–10 Years On!

Well, as January is always over I went back into the garage and checked my IEEE Spectrum from January 10 years ago to think about the predictions from that time. The topic  of the 2001 forecast issue was “Always On – Living in a Networked World”. Overall I am mighty impressed how accurate the outlook of the IEEE team of editors was!

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Posted in Abstraction Levels, Automotive |

 

“Gehen Sie nicht über Los” – Development projects can be like playing Monopoly

Watching today’s electronics projects reminds me of playing Monopoly when growing up. The term “Gehen Sie nicht über Los” has become somewhat proverbial in German language for “game over” situations. It is printed on the card in Monopoly which sends you directly to jail, does not let you pass the starting field and does not grant you the per round income. Missing a deadline in a project can be like that, only the result is not jail but a dead project, a dead company or a pivotal point in a project manager’s career. And that’s where system-level design comes in to the rescue ….

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Posted in Abstraction Levels, Automotive, Embedded Software |

 

My Christmas Recipe for System-Level Design

It’s Christmas time. My yearly cookie baking event has been canceled this year due to a broken oven and delays in my house remodeling project. Thinking of recipes, it turns out that one of the missing items preventing adoption of system-level design is the absence of a canonical system-level flow, a pre-defined recipe how to get from an idea to hardware and software implementation. We are getting closer, but every customer I talk to has their own different system-level flow, which prevents scalability. As an added bonus for reading I will publish my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe at the end of the post.

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Posted in Abstraction Levels, Embedded Software |

 

Inflexibility? That’s so 2009 :)

With the year coming to an end faster than I really can comprehend (have you started on your Christmas wish list yet?), I am looking back to what I said would be important going into 2010.  In my Electronic Design column’s forecast “2010 Will Change The Balance In Verification” i suggested that software development would change how verification is done. Well, looking back I can confirm that this is happening, albeit not only the way I had suggested.

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Towards Application Driven Design

Now that I am back from honeymoon, the obligatory post-honeymoon-email-catch-up-marathon and then some business travel, I find myself in lots of discussions around application domains and the specific characteristics how system integrators, chip vendors and software vendors interact. How can one visualize the interaction between the different participants in the design chain? Is it applications driving the hardware or hardware enabling applications?

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Posted in Abstraction Levels, Embedded Software |

 

The Future Does Need Us – Despite Virtualization at All Fronts!

In  gearing up towards the Synopsys Synposium – our very first own virtual conference – I am thinking back to all the types of virtualization I am using myself. I am wondering how right Billy Joy was in his famous Wired Article “The Future Doesn’t Need Us”. Well, we have a long time to go, I think, and we as humans are not quite yet an endangered species, at least for a while.

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Model-based design – making the stretch easier!

By Johannes Stahl

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Pistols at Dawn: Finding the middle ground between building and assembling

Being challenged to a duel can be scary. It often helps to re-visit what one is dueling about. The discussion in question here is about the role of IP reuse vs. high-level synthesis. And as is most life situations the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, and for sure not in the extreme position 🙂

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Adding More Bricks to the Wall …

Commuting back home on Central Expressway, KFOG was playing Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, which reminded me of all the comments that projects will run into brick walls if they do not adopt system-level technologies. As January is the month of predictions, let’s see whether the trends in semiconductor design can add more bricks to that wall into which projects allegedly will run into (picture source here).

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Posted in Abstraction Levels, Embedded Software, Models |

 

Living on Constraints – Taking Information Out of Thin Air

Some of the recent coverage on our recent high-level synthesis (HLS) announcement is missing an important aspect. Fundamentally the discussion on entry languages is misleading. HLS is not about languages. Sorry, no war here. It is about the amount of information explicitly defined compared the amount of information left open and guided by constraints. While there is no language which does it all, pretty much all languages can express multiple levels of detail.

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