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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – Day 1: It’s the capacity stupid!

For those US visitors that came to the Fira de Barcelona this year with the blurred vision from comparing coverage maps in the never ending Verizon vs. AT&T commercials, they were up for a surprise! Vodaphone, the European operator counterpart, is much less embarrassed to push Femtocells as the recipe against missing coverage. Of course all of us in the software industry have known this trick for years, turning a bug into a feature.

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Is Successful System Design About Control?

Earlier this week I attended an ICCAD co-located session on the future of EDA. Jim Hogan and Paul McLellan led an interesting discussion on what has to change to make a chip development successful in 2012. A lot of the early feedback in the Blogosphere on EDA seems to be right akin to the movie scripts like in Doomsday or the upcoming 2012. Are we at five minutes to twelve on the doomsday clock (the is picture borrowed from here)? I would argue that EDA always has been part of a complex changing landscape and has been able to solve the challenges. Will we again? Sure, I know a lot of people working on it daily!

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The Crux With Those Abstract Models: ARM TechCon3!

It’s all about the models. We have been using this tag line here at Synopsys for a while now. Now that SystemC TLM-2.0 finds more and more adoption in the industry, the focus is shifting from proprietary simulation by itself to standards based simulation. That shift enables interoperability and with that the models become much more important, just as the productivity tools making life with simulations easier.

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ESC Boston Day 2: Wine with Programmable Systems on Boards and Chips

Day 2 of the Embedded Systems Conference here in Boston kicked of with a key note by T. J. Rogers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, one of the longest tenured CEOs as he started Cypress in 1982. The key note was themed around “solving problems you don’t know existed for customers you have never met”.

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ESC Boston: BBQs, Headphones and Green Technology

After my post DAC hibernation period – busy times – I am checking in again here from Boston at the Embedded Systems Conference. What do barbeques, headphone and green technology have in common? Well, apparently the “design component” and Robert Brunner, the industrial Designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton, and PowerBook. After a short night in “Hotel United” I did arrive on the red eye flight in Boston just in time for the key notes at ESC.

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The “S” in ESL makes it difficult …

Just as the Design Automation Conference in San Francisco comes to a close some cynics are pointing out that once again this was the DAC of ESL and we probably can look forward to another one like that next year in Anaheim :(. This feels like the proverbial road trip during which you hear from the back seat every five minutes “Are we there yet?”. There certainly were interesting panels and events at DAC, like the System Prototyping panel yesterday, for which Rick Nelson wrote a good write up here.

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System Prototypes: Virtual, Hardware or Hybrid?

The Tuesday’s panel “System Prototypes: Virtual, Hardware or Hybrid” at DAC was well attended with an active and exciting discussion among the panelists and the audience. Panelists came from Amicus Wireless, Qualcomm, LSI, Synopsys, ST-Ericsson and CoWare. There was a consensus that there is no on-size-fits all solution for prototyping. Different design tasks such as system level architecture definition, software prototyping and bring up and implementation prototyping have different requirements on the prototyping solution. Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson have reported about their successful adoption of virtual prototyping using Virtual Platforms for early software development. Both reported that Virtual Platforms has significantly smoothed their software bring-up step-function that they typically had without Virtual Platforms and when the hardware became available late in the design. Questions have been raised about the accuracy of Virtual Platforms. Here, the panelists where in agreement that a Virtual Platform does need to provide the accuracy required for the different design tasks such as being just functional accurate for software development. I have been reporting a trend that we see at our Electronic System Virtualization solution users moving away from spreadsheets for the architecture definition. This was hitting a question from  the audience how Virtual Platforms can be used for HW/SW partitioning. System level architecture prototyping is done using non-functional workload models characterizing traffic scenarios for application/task mapping as well as interconnect and memory subsystem optimization. This way the dynamics of a system can be captured which is not possible using static spreadsheets. Other questions were about using Virtual Platforms after silicon is out. Here, the Google Android Emulator was mentioned as a perfect example how Virtual Platforms deliver value to even the application software developers by having access to a fully virtualized environment including GPS, Internet, Accelerometer to develop disruptive applications. People in the audience where also reporting about the trouble they face when trying to bring up systems on an FPGA, it simply does not fit for many cases. FPGAs are used for block level implementation prototyping but cannot provide a full environment. It was an exciting panel and it has clearly shown the increasing demand and adoption of Virtual Platforms in the industry.

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DAC Tuesday – Even more on System Design …

The votes were cast, THANK YOU for your votes to all of us EDA Bloggers and CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Bartleson for winning  the “NEXT EDA BLOGGER” contest.

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The DAC of ESL (Again)

Well, on Gary Smith’s “What To See at DAC” list 16  out of 24 recommendations start with ESL. The most thoughtful comment I heard on ESL during yesterday’s DAC was related to ESL, but made me think. John Aynsley of Doulos said during the”Town Hall” meeting that he had thought that this years DAC would be the DAC of high-level verification, but it seems it is the DAC of high-level synthesis. Well, the two very likely are related. The drive towards higher levels of abstraction always had been driven by a combination of faster implementation and more productive verification – assuming you can be more productive “up there” and then minimize the verification overall as I outlined in a recent column called “When one plus one needs to be less than one”.

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NASCUG Does It Again at DAC

The North America SystemC User Group (NASCUG) once again held it’s popular SystemC user group meeting at DAC. Attendance was good, with over 100 people attending to hear the OSCI update, education on SystemC standards, and technical papers from users on the application of SystemC, and to participate in an open Town Hall meeting style discussion.

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