Blog Review: June 30

SystemVerilog classes; TSMC’s new processes; ensuring car connectivity; fine-grained order.


Siemens EDA’s Chris Spear looks at what classes should represent in SystemVerilog and offers two main categories along with some useful UVM tips.

Cadence Paul McClellan listens to the highlights of the recent TSMC Technology Symposium, including the presentation by TSMC CEO CC Wei, some of Fab’s new proposals, such as the N5 automotive focused process.

Synopsys’ Denis Kengo Oka notes that although the many wireless interfaces that are now in vehicles provide desirable benefits, their provision is crucial, starting from the hardware layer through all software layers.

Promises Ilias Vugyukas explores a new set of CPU instructions that can accurately define their fine-tuning requirements, reducing the need for memory barriers and improving performance.

Coventer QingPeng Wang notes that microload control is becoming increasingly important for finFET devices and points to the impact of unforeseen functions or profiles created by the etching process on device yield and performance.

On Aldek Mariusz Grabowski shows how to deploy software-defined radio by integrating a tool such as GNU Radio with genuine FPGA hardware and design and validation tools for improved performance.

Ansys’ Susan Coleman discovers how simulation software is used in universities to teach thermodynamics.

In the SEMI blog, Mario by Miguel Ramos of Sorex Sensors points out how indoor air quality monitoring is boosted by acoustic resonator sensors on film masses, which can allow the detection of various gases.

Plus, catch up with the blogs highlighted in the latest Information and design newsletter:

Technology editor Brian Bailey notes that feedback is one of the oldest forms of data, but today data controls almost everything we do.

Siemens EDA’s Per Viklund recommends that an early prototype package be created to manage multiphysical analysis and assist in splitting.

Synopsys’ Taruna Reddy explains why the correct specification of FP and MCP is crucial for the correct synthesis results.

Cadence Frank Schirmeister examines whether several wireless protocols competing to connect home automation devices can work together.

Kodasip Roddy Urquhart outlines why domain-specific accelerators are the most promising response to the failure of semiconductor scaling laws.

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Jesse Allen is the administrator of the Knowledge Center and senior editor at Semiconductor Engineering.