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Top Tech Videos of 2020

By: Linda Christensen

What Engineers Were Watching in 2020.

2020 shaped up to be a year of major upheaval, emerging markets and even increased demand in certain sectors. So it’s not surprising that videos focusing on AI, balancing power and performance, designing and manufacturing at advanced nodes, advanced packaging, and automotive-related subjects were the most popular.

Of the 68 videos published this year, the following were the most viewed in each subject area:

Architectures, New Standards and More

  • eFPGAs Vs. FPGA Chiplets discusses which approach works best where.
  • CXL Vs. CCIX explains how these two standards differ, which one works best where, and what each was designed for.
  • DDR PHY Training talks about how to train the DRAM physical layer using firmware, why that is so important for flexibility, and what kinds of issues engineers encounter when using this approach.
  • Finding Hardware Trojans shows why locating security threats in hardware is so difficult.

Systems & Design

  • Rising Packaging Complexity explains why advanced packaging is so difficult.
  • Speeding Up Verification Using SystemC shows how HLS plus formal can significantly reduce optimization and debug time.
  • Timing Closure at 7/5nm examines how to determine if assumptions about design are correct, how many cycles are needed for a particular operation, and what happens if signals get out of phase.
  • Analog Simulation at 7/5/3nm talks about analog circuit simulation at advanced nodes, why process variation is an increasing problem, the impact of parasitics and finFET stacking, and what happens when gate-all-around FETs are added into the chip.
  • Context-Aware Debug examines the growing complexity of debug, which now includes software, power intent and integration, multiple clocking and reset domains, and much more, where the limitations are for debug, and how automotive, functional safety and mixed signal affect the overall process.


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