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Synopsys Unveils RTL Architect To Accelerate Design Closure

Highlights:The RTL Architect product represents the industry’s first physically aware RTL analysis, optimization, and signoff system built on a fast, multi-dimensional prediction engine for superior RTL handoffThe unified Fusion data model delivers unprecedented capacity and scalability for enabling full-chip hierarchical RTL design flowsThe new product leverages Synopsys’ world-class implementation and golden signoff solutions to deliver results that correlate-by-constructionSynopsys and Arm are collaborating on RTL Architect to accelerate the development of next-generation cores

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the immediate availability of RTL Architect™, an innovative product that signifies a shift-left for RTL design closure. Synopsys RTL Architect is the industry’s first physically aware RTL design system, which reduces the SoC implementation cycle in half and delivers superior quality-of-results (QoR).

RTL teams are increasingly faced with the challenges of rapidly exploring domain-specific RTL architectures to achieve significant power, performance and area (PPA) gains to meet the requirements of new market verticals like artificial intelligence and automotive applications. Existing point tool solutions for estimating RTL quality are severely limited due to poor accuracy to downstream implementation. These early design cycle inaccuracies cause downstream implementation tools to compensate, often having to go back and make RTL changes to meet the PPA goals. RTL Architect addresses these challenges utilizing a rapid multi-objective prediction engine derived from the Synopsys Fusion Design Platform implementation environment to predict PPA of downstream implementation accurately. RTL Architect enables RTL designers to pinpoint bottlenecks in their source code to improve RTL quality.

“Renesas is designing complex state-of-the-art automotive system on chips (SoCs),  which require architecture tuning to drive the highest QoR to differentiate ourselves in our target markets,” said Hideyuki Okabe, Director, Digital Design Technology Department, Shared R&D EDA Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Synopsys’ RTL Architect will enable us to quickly explore and validate various architectures at the RTL stage and identify the best one without having to worry about late-stage surprises.”

“Our collaboration with Synopsys on the RTL Architect product is the next step in helping to accelerate our RTL development cycle for the next-generation of Arm®-based processor cores,” said Jeff Kehl, vice president of CPU engineering, Central Engineering Group, Arm. “RTL Architect technologies in our advanced core development design methodology will enable Arm to develop better CPUs that allow our mutual customers to meet the power and performance requirements for a number of new markets.”

The RTL Architect system is built on a unified data model that provides multi-billion gate capacity and comprehensive hierarchical design capabilities to accommodate the growing design and block sizes at advanced process nodes. It directly leverages Synopsys’ world-class implementation and golden signoff solutions to deliver results that are accurate early in the design cycle and correlate-by-construction.

RTL Architect uses a fast, multi-dimensional implementation prediction engine that enables RTL designers to predict the power, performance, area, and congestion impact of their RTL changes. Synopsys’ PrimePower golden signoff power analysis engine is directly integrated for accurate RTL power estimation and optimization for energy-efficient designs. RTL Architect provides a unified workflow environment for simplified ease-of-use and seamless analysis of key PPA quality metrics. For existing users of PrimePower at the gate-level, PrimePower RTL power estimation is also available, enabling a consistent RTL to signoff power analysis flow.

“As we move to smaller technology nodes, it is critical to enable fast RTL tuning iterations and rapid architecture exploration for driving best design PPA. Addressing these challenges early in the design cycle and crafting top-quality RTL are essential for achieving the best QoR and fastest time to results,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, senior vice president of design implementation for the Design Group at Synopsys. “RTL Architect has been devised to solve the growing demands of the design community,  so designers are able to confidently hand off superior RTL for a convergent design flow and best PPA.”

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As the world’s 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. Whether you’re a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products.

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Scarred By Unrest, Haiti Sinks Deeper Into Poverty

a man standing in front of a store: Jacquelin Joseph poses for a picture at his depot, in Port-de-Paix

Jacquelin Joseph poses for a picture at his depot, in Port-de-Paix© Reuters/SARAH MARSH

PORT-DE-PAIX, Haiti (Reuters) – Jacquelin Joseph is struggling to re-open his small food and beverage store in the northern Haitian town of Port-de-Paix, months after the country returned to a semblance of normality following violent anti-government protests.

The 45-year-old was forced to shut up shop in December when he ran out of stock after the protests against economic mismanagement and corruption under President Jovenel Moise disrupted transport nationwide.

The unrest stoked already high inflation and Joseph quickly used up what little savings he had.

Now, with eight children to feed and bills piling up, he is desperate to get back to business. But rebuilding is no easy task for Haitians like him, who were only scraping by before the crisis.

“I have no money left to restart my business,” Joseph said, warily watching for those he owes money for rent or deliveries. “I asked the bank for a microcredit but one requirement was for me to have some stock, and I didn’t have any.”

The economic repercussions of Haiti’s three-month countrywide lockdown are still unfolding in what was already the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, where around two-thirds of adults are estimated to be unemployed or underemployed.

Haitians were decapitalised: many businesses had to close, others had to slash jobs. In a country where agriculture accounts for half of all jobs, several farmers told Reuters they do not know how they will acquire seeds and fertilizer to plant anew.

The unrest has spooked would-be investors and tourists, causing some hotels to fold and torpedoing attempts to revive the Caribbean nation’s beleaguered tourism industry.

Violence still flares sporadically. Last weekend, the government cancelled Carnival celebrations in the capital after a police protest spiralled into street clashes and deadly gunfire on the first day, another blow to the $9.7 billion economy already on its knees.

Junior Ceme, 34, who has a stand selling trinkets on the Champ de Mars public square in Port au Prince where the festivities take place, said he had borrowed around $150 from a friend to buy more goods for what is usually his busiest time of year.

“But I haven’t sold anything since this morning,” he said. “I don’t know how I am going to return the money.”

The World Bank estimates Haiti’s economy shrank 0.9 percent last year. This year it expects a further 1.4 percent contraction, followed by 0.5 percent in 2021: the first three-year recession since Haiti was crippled by U.S. Sanctions imposed on the country after a military coup in the early 1990s.

“The consequences of the current crisis are even worse than the embargo, an earthquake or several hurricanes, because we are talking about a breakdown of the state,” said Georges Sassine, president of Haiti’s Industrial Association.

“And the full consequences have yet to be felt.”

JOB LOSSES

Manufacturers of textiles, Haiti’s top export, have cut around 5 percent of 58,000 jobs due to the lockdown, he said. Three years ago, he had estimated the sector could on the contrary add 300,000 by 2020/2021, granted political stability.

According to Haitian economist Etzer Emile, the worst hit are those who do not have the resources to protect themselves in a country where more than half the population lives under the poverty line of $2.41 per day.

“We are seeing an acceleration of poverty,” he said, as international organizations warn of a growing hunger crisis.

While the protests have abated somewhat, there is no sign of a resolution to the political malaise and its root causes any time soon.

President Moise has been ruling by decree since January after the country failed to hold legislative elections. The opposition has rebuffed his calls for a power-sharing agreement.

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The political crisis has cut the country of 11.2 million people off from some international funding, further hindering its ability to respond to the worsening economic woes.

“Every time in Haiti you have some plan to succeed, there is a political crisis that destroys everything,” said Elie Jean, 27, director of what he called the sole dairy in northwest Haiti, just outside the town of Jean Rabel.

The shiny new facility was financed with European Union development funds, he said, but it has struggled to re-open following the lockdown because many farmers sold their cows when the situation got tough.

PEOPLE HAVE NO MONEY

Even for those who have managed to re-start their business, sales have stalled due to a drop in incomes.

“People try more to negotiate,” said Yolande Cassien, 24, who sells household staples like rice, tomato sauce and stock cubes on her front porch in Port-de-Paix. “And if someone who is going hungry asks to buy from me on credit, I can’t refuse.”

Gang activity flourished during the countrywide lockdown when authorities were more thinly spread than usual, and it continues to affect the transport of goods.

Benito Voltaire, 57, who owns a shop in Jean Rabel, said it had been months since he had been able to stock up on his most popular product, clairin – a distilled rum-like spirit made from cane sugar – from sellers in the south.

“My provider says it’s a problem to send it because of the bandits,” said Voltaire.

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The New York School Of Interior Design’s Annual Gala Was As Festive As Ever

NYSID president David Sprouls Ellen Kravet Elizabeth Lawrence Andy Singer Gale Singer and Brian McCarthyNYSID president...

New York School of Interior Design president David Sprouls, presenter Ellen Kravet, and honorees Elizabeth Lawrence, Andy Singer, Gale Singer, and Brian McCarthy.Photo: Will Ragozzino

Icons of the design industry had cleared their calendars well in advance of last night’s New York School of Interior Design gala, the school’s largest annual fundraiser for student scholarships. Everyone from A-list decorators to brand leaders and antique auctioneers all packed the seventh floor great room of The University Club in Midtown for an elegant evening of dinner, drinks, and a celebration of NYSID’s award honorees.

The night began with a cocktail reception in the anteroom, where bartenders poured glasses of champagne and stirred up martinis for familiar faces like Jamie Drake, Ellie Cullman, and Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller. Guests were then ushered into the beautiful great room to the chimes of a xylophone, and each headed to their own numbered table.

Attendees enjoyed a fresh tomato salad as a first course, while listening as the evening’s emcee, Dennis Scully, brought the room’s attention to the night’s honorees. Alexa Hampton presented the Larry Kravet Design Industry Innovation Award to Gale and Andy Singer of Visual Comfort and Circa Lighting. Then, Elizabeth Williams, a partner at Bunny Williams Associates, accepted the Rising Star Award, presented in partnership with The Shade Store. In her acceptance speech, Lawrence also thanked Williams and remarked on her happy experiences and thorough education with the legendary decorator.

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“When I first began my studies at NYSID, I was new to the city, fresh out of college,” Lawrence tells AD PRO. “The rest of my friends had their first jobs, were going to happy hours and parties every weekend, while I was in my studio apartment drafting, cutting, glueing, tracing, and painting until the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t have been happier. NYSID opened up a world to me, a career, a community, an industry. I never imagined that I could get a job doing the same thing that gave me joy as a child: decorating my Barbie dream house.”

The tentpole award of the evening, the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, was given to AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy. The award was presented not by another design-world insider, but by two of McCarthy’s many high-profile clients—Robert Holmes Tuttle, the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.K., and his wife Maria Hummer-Tuttle. While ambassador Tuttle quickly admitted to knowing nothing about interior design, he spoke highly of McCarthy’s inspiration and passion for his work.

Brian McCarthy.

Brian McCarthy.Photo: Matthew Carasella

A Coffee Grinder That Fits Your Millennial Interior Aesthetic

My day only really starts once I have had my cup of coffee. To me, it is not a beverage but a life-juice that awakens my mind and my soul! Being a coffee enthusiast, I have a whole mini barista set up in my kitchen – the espresso machine, the steam wand, the tamper – all of it. But what most of us skip is the coffee grinder and it is truly a taste-altering step. This shaded coffee grinder by Husky Design will tempt you into making coffee the right way!

Coffee grinders add a whole new level of “fresh” to your beverage, there is a different quality that bubbles up when you grind whole beans and use it in your machine rather than pre-packaged grounds. Especially when the coffee grinder looks this sleek, how can you not want to get a machine just so that you get to use this grinder? It almost looks so smooth as if it was carved from one piece of glass. The minimal yet eye-catching bright button seamlessly fits into the lid which has a translucent top to give you a peek at your beans.

Unlike the usual black or grey coffee grinders, the gradient shades of this radiate a happy feeling and give the underrated gadget a colorful personality. For me personally, the whizzing sound of the coffee grinder also wakes me up, it is like a sound signal to my brain that we must start functioning which is then rewarded by the smell of fresh grounds. Take that extra step and grind your beans, you will love coffee even more (if that is still a possibility)!

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