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It’s the little things that count

Making chips better today means taking care of the details. By Philip Ling.

Adopting design reuse, intellectual property and system on a chip methodologies may expedite new product design, but honing performance will always take a significant amount of time for conservative improvements in performance.

Consequently, it isn't for the faint of heart to undertake a total optimisation of a high speed digital interface, or a chip wide clock tree. But is just this sort of effort that pushes out the boundaries and from which the rest of the industry can benefit.

The aforementioned techniques go some way to rendering chip design down to a block placing exercise, which puts more emphasis on the bus used to interface to the blocks, and the blocks to the outside world.

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Graham Pitcher

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