By Tim Penhale-Jones, EVP Sales and Marketing, Moortec

It almost doesn’t matter what your job may be, whether in the public sector or a private company, or how technical or how dangerous, many of life’s adages and sayings can be interpreted to have some direct meaning for all of us.

Over the years in our personal lives, we have been constantly advised that prevention is better than cure…certainly a flu jab in the fall seems a good idea to avoid flu in the winter and we all have jabs in childhood to prevent the more common diseases that plagued previous generations. The trouble with these sayings is a certain class of individual, commonly called a smart ass will pipe up ‘I told you so!’ if you don’t follow the advice.

In Star Wars, a common expression amongst all those who do not have the power of The Force is ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this’…we mortals call it a ‘gut feeling’ or intestinal fortitude. It’s a wonderful thing and yet it is not really a sound basis for large SoC device development. With finFET mask sets costing seven or eight digits, trusting to guts is not to be advised. Apart from functional and system challenges, your silicon might be doing all sorts of things you might not be aware of, some inadvertently of your making (hot spots and voltage droops through not distributing data payloads sufficiently) and many through process variance and second and third order effects. For those who can’t all rely on ‘The Force’, Moortec provide technology that can give you that in-field visibility.

You don’t have to be a smart ass to be wise after the event, you don’t even need to be a Jedi…you can select off the shelf IP to be your eyes and ears for when you get your expensive silicon back from the fab.

Your device is talking to you, are you listening?

In case you missed any of Moortec’s previous “Talking Sense” blogs, you can catch up HERE

*Note to Reader: This blog was written before the terrible outbreak of Covid-19. Each and every countries governments strategies and actions will be analysed once we have reached the new norm, in the meantime our brave doctors and nurses on the frontline are working all hours to keep us safe, and for this we will be eternally grateful.