An insatiable demand for smaller, faster, and more adaptable chips is driving the industry’s embrace of greater complexity. In the last few years, the chip industry has managed to combine onto a single chip discrete components for functions like graphics, processing, and communications. But the resulting complexity makes verifying the design of these new systems-on-a-chip extremely difficult. And the complexity will only increase. “We’re on track, by 2010, to build 30-GHz devices of 10 nanometers or less, delivering a terra-instruction of performance,” said Intel’s chief technology officer, Pat Gelsinger.