What are the New Developments in EDA?

EDA has passed through several cycles of transition and arrived at its current form owing to exciting innovations.

FREMONT, CA: The complexity of semiconductor chips is increasing in tune with their expanding functionalities. Advancements in EDA have been central to make the complex semiconductor designs possible. Technologies have been major determinants in the way EDA has shaped up today. Besides, industry-specific demands for designs have also stimulated the upgrade in EDA tools. All major EDA vendors are today positioning themselves in the market with the help of innovations in their offerings. Some new aspects that have entered the domain of EDA are discussed in the current article.

• Optimizing Design with AI

Several EDA providers have invested in artificial intelligence. Design optimization has been a direct result of adopting AI. AI enables faster design processes by supporting varied levels of automation. Besides, AI also makes customization in design possible.  Together, these features add value to any EDA offering and empower developers to achieve new levels of efficiency.

• Compatibility in Testing

The testing of semiconductor designs is now significantly simplified owing to technological advancements. Traditionally, several format conversions had to be implemented before EDA tools could facilitate tests. Now, software solutions are enabling test systems to communicate remotely with EDA tools, allowing direct access to information regarding issues and modifications in designs. The ability to connect to online networks and retrieve results regarding the functioning of chips makes EDA more powerful and relevant.

• Photonic Simulations

The development and design of chips get a significant boost when simulation options are available. Simulations make designs more dynamic and also bring down the costs of manufacturing. Several EDA offerings today provide for simulation environments that enhance a designer's capability to create chip models and integrated circuits. By including simulations, EDA solutions become comprehensive. The need for separate platforms for design and assessment also gets eliminated in the process. 

EDA software capabilities are improving rapidly, and these enhancements are of strategic importance for the innovation-led semiconductor industry.