Why you should care about chip design

James, Felicia
March 2005
Portable Design;Mar2005, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p18
This article discusses the importance of design in chip development. Today's system-on-chip design tools begin at the system level and work back to the details of the chip's circuitry. EDA tools let chip architects start with the necessary algorithms in code form, combine them with application details such as the package cost and battery life, add the constraint of a firm delivery date, then work backward to explore the possible implementations. Traditionally, EDA has comprised two groups of tools: implementation and verification. Implementation tools include logic synthesis, physical design, and their associated functions. Verification tools include functional verification, static timing analyzers, signal-integrity tools, and power analyzers. Another trend that has transformed design is the use of proven pre-silicon hardware-based development platforms. These platforms can shorten chip development time by simplifying design choices.


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