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New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the EDA sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.

As the IoT unfolds, classical EDA design flows will need to change

For the past 20 years, the rhetoric of integrated circuit design has been one of increasing exclusivity, despite the falling cost of transistors with each jump in process node. The rise in mask and software tool costs over those same generations has forced many would-be chipmakers to settle for off the shelf microcontrollers and programmable logic.

Expect broader application of software-driven hardware verification in 2016

The system and semiconductor worlds are in transition. In the past, the focus in verification used to be on bug identification. Today, the electronic design industry is seeing a shift towards greater efficiency in finding bug root causes and in bug remediation. To that end, SoC providers have been looking to provide software with their products. While this higher value speeds design in time, it has the tendency to increase verification complexity and moves the responsibility of hardware-software verification to the SoC provider. As a result, in 2016, we can expect to see broad application of software-driven hardware verification methodologies.

Programmable matter could make evolutionary hardware a reality

First realised 20 years ago, evolutionary hardware design continues to fascinate a small group of researchers. The attraction is not difficult to understand; instead of trying to design behaviour or structure into a system manually, you let the system determine for itself how it should work. Just like biology – only you need it to happen in less than a few million years.

Balanced approach matches analogue design requirements

Despite its continuing – and, in many cases, increasing – importance in modern chips, analogue and mixed signal (AMS) design has proved difficult to automate. While digital design automation has seen rapid advancement during the last 30 years, the only major step forward for AMS designers has been the introduction of foundry verified cells, termed by various eda vendors as T-Cells, PCells, Mcells, Flexcells or Pycells. Beyond this, remarkably little has changed: it is not uncommon to find AMS designers relying on their expertise, experience and 'feel' to perform polygon based layout by hand. But, as design complexity has increased, this approach is becoming increasingly untenable.

FPGA-PCB codesign; a 21st Century approach to integrating fpgas into the pcb design process

Integrating advanced fpgas on a pcb is becoming increasingly challenging, with issues including generating optimal fpga pin assignments that do not add layers to a pcb or increase the time required to integrate the fpga with the pcb design. Because of this, fpga designers, schematic engineers and pcb designers struggle to create fpga pin assignments that meet the goals for the entire system.

Chip designers move up to the next level of abstraction

Engineers recognised years ago that increasing chip complexity meant they had to move to a higher level of abstraction. The problem has been determining precisely what this 'next level up' is and then making the connection back down to rtl code for physical hardware implementation.

Starting out

SAME offers a good showcase for start ups; particularly those offering eda tools. By Louise Joselyn.

Digital takeover

Analogue designers are having to be increasingly innovative to overcome process scaling problems. By Chris Edwards.

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