Arteris Articles

EDA Cafe: What Does MBSE Have to Do with SoCs?

Vincent Thibaut, Director of IP Deployment Product Strategy at Arteris IP authored this new article for EDA Cafe:

What Does MBSE Have to Do with SoCs?

August 17th, 2021 - By Vincent Thibaut


In technology, the only constant is change, sometimes at a dizzying pace. One emerging trend is how product specifications, additions and changes are passed onto system-on-chip (SoC) design teams. Traditionally, this transfer is done by exchanging documents, models (perhaps Simulink) and some form of written use-case descriptions. However, this process is very cumbersome, subjective and error-prone. It is also a very poor method for documenting and tracking revisions required by agile design teams employing best practices. It may not be a problem when building catalog products, but the world has changed.

Topics: SoC NoC automotive ArterisIP arteris ip verification ip-xact Tier 1s Bosch ip deployment IPD SysML vincent thibaut model-based system engineering ISO standard UML Simulink microchip designer Matlab NASA

EDA Cafe: Arteris IP Extends IP-XACT to UVM Testbenches

Vincent Thibaut, Director of IP Deployment Product Strategy at Arteris IP authored this new article for EDA Cafe:

Arteris IP Extends IP-XACT to UVM Testbenches

July 2, 2021 - By Vincent Thibaut


To be clear, the goal here is not to autogenerate the internals of the complex test sequences. However, the IP-XACT platform from Arteris IP does handle register sequences. Instead, view the universal verification methodology (UVM) testbench as part of an assembly of the device under test (DUT), plus many complex VIPs. IP-XACT lends itself nicely to this concept. To be effective, packaging needs several extensions so that configuration can be managed from the IP-XACT level. Testbenches will be challenged to include more and more VIPs as design complexity grows. There are compelling reasons to explore IP-XACT packaging for VIPs.

Topics: SoC NoC arteris ip verification ip-xact UVM ip deployment IPD testbench assembly DUT SoC testbenches vincent thibaut VIPs UVM testbenches

SemiWiki: IP-XACT Resurgence, Design Enterprise Catching Up

Isabelle Geday, VP & GM of the new IP Deployment Division at Arteris IP, gives Bernard Murphy (SemiWiki) insight into some motivations driving companies to switch to IP-XACT.

IP-XACT Resurgence, Design Enterprise Catching Up

June 3, 2021 - Bernard Murphy

This standard has been around in one form or another for over ten years and was then arguably ahead of its time. RTL designers were confused: ‘We already have RTL. Why do we need something else?’ I also didn’t get it. Still, the standard plugged ahead among the faithful and found traction among IP vendors. Particularly as a common format to distribute non-RTL data, like register maps. But a lot has been changing in the meantime. Faster moving competitors. More horizontal and vertical dependencies. Mergers and acquisitions. Chinese technology growth and competition. To adapt, some top-tier organizations have already fully embraced IP-XACT, others are now racing to catch up. Why? Rather than making a dry technical case, I’ll share a few real examples (no names).
Topics: SoC NoC network-on-chip semiconductor arteris ip semiwiki ip-xact RTL noc interconnect AI SoCs Isabelle Geday AI/ML IPD

Semiconductor Engineering: Steep Spike For Chip Complexity And Unknowns

K. Charles Janac, CEO at Arteris IP is quoted in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

Steep Spike For Chip Complexity And Unknowns

May 5th, 2021 - By Ed Sperling

Increased interactions and customizations drive up risk of re-spins or failures.

“There are several aspects that need to be considered, such as making sure the customer is using the right version of the IP,” said K. Charles Janac, chairman and CEO of Arteris IP. “You’re basically enforcing that the IP-XACT parameters are there in order for the IP block to be admitted into the SoC. There’s also the aspect of supply management. Many of these companies have a layout house, a design house, and foundry contractors. If that entire supply chain is IP-XACT — from the interaction between the various parties in the supply chain to what ultimately provide what goes into the SoC — it gets much, much smoother. At the same time, you are going to have some pieces of the chip that are on the leading-edge process and some on the trailing edge, such as analog.

Topics: SoC NoC network-on-chip semiconductor engineering arteris ip K. Charles Janac ip-xact interconnects chiplets inter-chip IPD