Bob Smith, Senior VP Marketing & Business Development at Uniquify, shared with us his predictions for semiconductor IP in 2014.
“If 2014 has a watchword for the Semiconductor Industry, it would be momentum and that would be a result of the rapidly increasing use of IP in SoC designs. Add on the mushrooming need for ‘adaptive’ IP to mitigate timing and variation challenges in complex SoCs as performance issues multiply and process geometries shrink.
Moves within the DDR memory space continue to rock the industry and create momentum. Designers are heading directly to the latest JEDEC standard LPDDR4 (low-power DDR4) and moving beyond (or even skipping) LPDDR3 because they’re getting greater gains in performance and low power, an important consideration for mobile applications.
And, now we come to ‘adaptive’ IP. DDR memory chips need to be fast and small to be cost effective, which means that the onboard SoC DDR timing interface needs to be able to handle the static and dynamic timing variations that are present in any system. A new approach that is rapidly building momentum is the use of ‘self-calibrating’ logic that ‘tunes’ the DDR timing interface both at system power up and dynamically during system operation. This allows the DDR memory system to achieve the maximum performance and also delivers enhanced system stability while taking up less silicon area and power.
Because DDR memory is critical to the successful operation of a chip, the momentum towards adoption of the most advanced DDR types and the emergence of adaptive DDR IP are significant trends to watch for in 2014. Of course, all this bodes well for EDA because without EDA tools, no IP would be developed.”