Arteris Articles

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

SemiWiki: Architecture Wrinkles in Automotive AI: Unique Needs

Bernard Murphy (SemiWiki) learns from Stefano Lorenzini, Functional Safety Manager at Arteris IP, the difference between AI in automotive and other contexts. 

Architecture Wrinkles in Automotive AI: Unique Needs

May 20th, 2021 - Bernard Murphy

Arteris IP recently spoke at the Spring Linley Processor Conference on April 21, 2021 about Automotive systems-on-chips (SoCs) architecture with artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and Functional Safety. Stefano Lorenzini, Functional Safety Manager at Arteris IP, presented a nice contrast between auto AI SoCs and those designed for datacenters. Never mind the cost or power, in a car we need to provide near real-time performance for sensing, recognition and actuation. For IoT applications we assume AI on a serious budget, power-sipping, running for 10 years on a coin cell battery. But that isn't the whole story. AI in the car is a sort of hybrid, with the added dimension of safety, which makes for unique architecture wrinkles in automotive AI.  
Topics: SoC NoC network-on-chip semiconductor ECC The Linley Group FlexNoC arteris ip semiwiki functional safety manager kurt shuler data centers noc interconnect AI SoCs AI/ML automotive AI Hardware Stefano Lorenzini

Semiconductor Engineering: Power Optimization: What's Next?

Guillaume Boillet, Director of Product Management at Arteris IP is quoted in this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

Power Optimization: What's Next!

May 17th, 2021 - By Brian Bailey

Clock gating and power gating were a good start, but there is much more that can and should be done to minimize power.

“The efforts in terms of methodology, compute resources and engineering talent to deploy system-level techniques are definitely non-negligible,” says Guillaume Boillet, director of product management for Arteris IP. “Only the most advanced and power-savvy design teams invest in those.”

Topics: SoC NoC network-on-chip dynamic power machine learning semiconductor engineering arteris ip interconnects RTL Guillaume Boillet clock-gating macro-level

EDN: Why The Network-on-Chip Has Displaced Crossbar Switches at Scale

Benoit de Lescure, CTO at Arteris IP authors this 2nd article in a new series for EDN:

Why The Network-on-Chip Has Displaced Crossbar Switches at Scale

May 13th, 2021 - By Benoit de Lescure

The NoC interconnect is the SoC architecture.

In my first article of this series about interconnect design, I explained why on-chip communication has become central to a system-on-chip (SoC) architecture. These architectural decisions determine bandwidth, throughput, quality-of-service (QoS), power usage, safety, and cost. Here, the difference between a world-class achievement and a shortcoming starts with the communication architecture choice.

Topics: ARM NIC-400 SoC NoC network-on-chip automotive mobileye AI arteris ip Benoit de Lescure digital eyeq interconnects communications EDN plug-and-play