Attention: System and Chip Design Community
This is Richard Goering, editor-in-chief of the new on-line publication: SCDsource™, "the single source for system and chip design," bringing you the 8th in our series of pre-launch newsletters. This week, we're bringing you extensive reporting from the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, including reviews of a debate on parallel processing, a panel on ethics, and a keynote speech by PDF Solutions CEO John Kibarian. Associate editor Bill Murray contributes a detailed review of a "designers' perspective" session on high-speed I/O.

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SCDsource Newsletter: November 14, 2007

  1. ICCAD debate: Multicore disaster or opportunity?

    Is the move to multicore processors and parallel computing a great new opportunity, or is it the "end of the world" as one panelist said at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) Nov. 6? A spirited debate followed a talk by computer pioneer Gene Amdahl, whose "Amdahl's law" predicts the performance capability of parallel computing systems.

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  2. Designers highlight challenges of high-speed I/O design

    Today’s computing systems are migrating rapidly from parallel bus I/O to serial I/O interconnects, and such interconnects will be key enablers of the terascale computers that will process trillions of instructions per second, according to speakers at a "Designers’ Perspective" session at the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). Speakers discussed the complexity of high-speed serial I/O design, along with the demands that it imposes on EDA tools and models.

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  3. ICCAD panel probes 'ethics during transitions'

    It's your last day at a job. What documents can you legally and ethically take with you? Not much, according to speakers at an International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) panel entitled "Ethics during transitions."

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  4. PDF CEO calls for restricted layouts

    Designer "freedom" has become too costly, said John Kibarian, president and CEO of PDF Solutions, in an International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) keynote speech Nov. 8. To manufacture ICs at 32 nm and below, he argued, chip layouts must be restricted to a handful of pre-characterized, regular patterns.

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  5. Simulink gears up for parallel simulations

    Tapping into the growing use of multicore and multi-processor platforms, The Mathworks this week (Nov. 12) is introducing an automated capability that helps engineers distribute independent simulation runs of Simulink models across multiple processors. The capability comes with a new version of SystemTest, an optional test management and analysis tool for Simulink and Matlab.

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