ML-driven data analytics solution for smarter SoC design

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By Rich Pell

As a complementary product to the company’s Digital Design Family and, the AI-driven Synopsys DesignDash design-space-optimization solution is offered as a comprehensive data-visibility and machine intelligence-guided design optimization solution that enables unmatched productivity in advanced SoC design. The solution delivers a real-time, unified, 360-degree view of all design activities for faster decision making, a deeper understanding of run-to-run, design-to-design and project-to-project trends, and enhanced collaboration in the SoC development process.

“As a leading supplier of SoCs that are powering and transforming numerous high-impact industries, we pride ourselves on being able to push the limits of achievable device performance while also accelerating our customers’ time-to-market,” says Hiroshi Ikeda, director, Methodology Development Office, Global Development Group at Socionext. “We’re very excited by the Synopsys DesignDash analytics solution as a systematic way to capture, consume and evaluate our vast design activity in a scalable way, enabling us to share and transfer expert knowledge across our worldwide design teams to enhance productivity and efficiency.”

Synopsys DesignDash, says the company, is the latest step in a multi-year, multi-disciplinary development effort to address the need for exponential gains in design productivity in the face of massive growth in system complexity, shrinking market windows and an increasingly challenging resource landscape. The cloud-optimized Synopsys DesignDash design optimization solution claims to greatly enhances design productivity by:

  • Providing extensive real-time design status through powerful visualizations and interactive dashboards.
  • Deploying deep analytics and machine learning to extract and reveal actionable understanding from vast volumes of structured and unstructured EDA metrics and tool-flow data.
  • Quickly classifying design trends, identifying design limitations, providing guided root-cause analysis and delivering flow consumable, prescriptive resolutions.

With deeper design insights, says the company, designers can achieve more effective debug and optimization workflows, realize improved quality of results (QoR) and significantly extend overall design- and project-flow efficiency and effectiveness. This extensive insight and real-time visibility additionally deliver comprehensive resource monitoring and tracking that spans all design activities, enabling more data-driven management and risk mitigation throughout the design process.

Synopsys DesignDash is natively integrated with the the company’s Digital Design family of products for seamless data capture, resulting in insights that are designed to further accelerate the path towards design closure. The solution complements the company’s SiliconDash product, part of the Synopsys Silicon Lifecycle Management Family, forming a pre-silicon to post-silicon data continuum, maximizing opportunities for valuable data analysis across the complete design-to-silicon lifecycle.

“The semiconductor industry needs a dramatic improvement in design process productivity,” says Sanjay Bali, vice president of Marketing and Strategy for the Silicon Realization Group at Synopsys. “Improving the quality and speed of engineering decisions with a comprehensive EDA data analytics platform is a critical step in this direction. Synopsys DesignDash unlocks the potential of the significant and growing volumes of EDA metrics and design-flow data, heralding a new era in smarter IC design by deploying an expanse of advanced data analytics and targeted machine learning to effectively guide design teams to achieve or exceed their product goals and schedules.”



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