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Bug hunting SoC designs to achieve full functional coverage closure

How to use constrained random verification to create scenarios to uncover bugs that are difficult to find using traditional directed verification Read More


Using multi-bit flip-flop custom cells to achieve better SoC design efficiency

The increasing complexity of present day SoCs and increasing packing densities require the design of complex cells with more optimized trade-offs Read More


Porting designs to the 32-Bit world without adding cost

Mark Ainsworth and Ranith M of Cypress Semiconductor provide guidelines on porting applications from an 8- or 16-bit CPU to a 32-bit CPU. Read More


The basics of using MCAPI in multicore-based designs

The basics of the Multicore Association’s MCAPI standardized application program interface for communication and synchronization and how to use it Read More


SoC tool flow techniques for detecting reset domain crossing problems

Some techniques for making SoC tools and design flows robust and intelligent enough to discriminate between false and true violations in situations Read More


Isolating SPI in high bandwidth sensor applications

Mark Cantrell and Bikiran Goswami look at the Serial Peripheral Interface Bus (SPI), its constraints, and how to deal with those constraints in Read More


Overcoming advanced SoC routing congestion with 2.5D system in packaging

The use of a 2.5D system to integrate basic SoC functional blocks can eliminate much of the routing congestion that results when sending signals back Read More


Implementing a Java-programmable, IP-addressable, secure MCU for the Internet of Things

Why resource-constrained MCUs for the IoT need an operating system appropriate to the connectivity and how the jNet's JavaCard-based OS can satisfy Read More


Picking the right multicore architecture for your compute-intensive application

In multicore designs, is it better to run just one OS domain with all cores and threads scheduled from a single OS domain or divide responsibilities Read More


Developing a heterogeneous multicore SoC for use in a mobile environment

Imagination's Peter McGuinness recounts his company's experience in porting disparate applications to run delegated to the GPU and reports on lessons Read More


Programming heterogeneous multicore embedded SoCs

How standards based programming models like OpenCL and OpenMP make it possible for embedded programmers to write their applications in the C Read More


FlexPRET: A Processor Platform for Mixed-Criticality Systems

A processor designed specifically for mixed criticality systems that allows each task to make trade-offs between hardware-based isolation and Read More


Wireless sensor networks for temperature measurement

An ARM 9-based Samsung S3C2440 microprocessor is used to build a wireless sensor network for temperature measurement in vehicles using the Linux OS Read More


Designing with ARM Cortex-M based SoC Achitectures: Part 2 – Some typical applications

Tushar Rastogi and Subbarao Lanka of Cypress Semiconductor compare the capabilities of a standard microcontroller approach to the design of an Read More


Designing with ARM Cortex-M based System-On-Chips (SoCs) - Part I: The basics

In this first part in a series, Tushar Rastogi and Subbarao Lanka of Cypress Semiconductor describe the fundamentals of developing processor-based Read More


Multicore basics: AMP and SMP

Colin Walls outlines the basics of implementing software on two of the main multicore architectures – symmetric and asymmetric multiprocessing Read More


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