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    by Published on 02-28-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Have you used the modern DxDesigner?  Gary Lameris describes enhancements in his blog-xcelium_graphic-2-min-jpg

    When it comes to functional verification of large designs, huge progress is being made in emulation and FPGA-based prototyping (about which I’ll have more to say in follow-on blogs), but simulation still dominates verification activity, all the way from ...
    by Published on 02-27-2017 12:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Have you used the modern DxDesigner?  Gary Lameris describes enhancements in his blog-vcs-min-jpg

    Hardware companies have been architecting CPUs with multiple cores for many years now, however it has taken a bit longer for software companies and EDA vendors to exploit multi-core hardware to speed up time consuming tasks like logic simulation that have become bottlenecks for SoC design and verification teams. Imagine the benefits of being able to take a one week regression suite and simulating it in half the time on your SoC project. Back in March 2016 I first started to hear about a parallel simulator technology for the popular VCS tool from Synopsys, dubbed Cheetah. I was ...
    by Published on 02-27-2017 07:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. Intel,
    5. TSMC,
    6. Semiconductor Events,
    7. Samsung Foundry
    Article: Electromigration (EM) with an Electrically-Aware IC Design Flow-semiconductor-wafer-min-jpg

    The annual SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference kicked off last night with vendor sponsored networking events and such. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics but this year SPIE Advanced Lithography is all about the highly anticipated EUV technology. Scotten ...
    by Published on 02-27-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Silicon Creations
    Article: ARM TechCon 2012 Trip Report-jeff-galloway-silicon-creations-jpg

    It is clear that IP companies play an important role in modern semiconductor design, in fact, I would say that they are imperative. Founded in 2006, Silicon Creations is one of those imperative IP companies that provide silicon proven IP to customers big and small around the world. To follow-up on our conversation with Silicon Creations CEO Randy Caplan, CTO Jeff Galloway provided a closer look at the technology behind their success.

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    by Published on 02-26-2017 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Events,
    4. Open-Silicon,
    5. Open-Silicon
    Article: Internet of Things-opensilicon-prototype-min-jpeg

    When you think about working with an ASIC service provider like Open-Silicon, you probably think about handling all the architecture, design and verification/validation in your shop, handing over a netlist and some other collateral, then the ASIC services provider takes responsibility ...
    by Published on 02-26-2017 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence,
    4. IoT Internet of Things,
    5. Automotive
    Paradigm shift in SoC design flow : Software 1 - 0 Hardware-sc-2016-jpg

    World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) is an organization of semiconductor companies created to collect market data. The members of WSTS also meet twice per year to develop forecasts for the semiconductor market. The “forecast by committee” approach of WSTS usually results in conservative forecasts. ...
    by Published on 02-26-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: ARM and a LEG-oems-lead-way-self-driving-tech-jpg

    It's never a good sign when car makers are called before Congress. It's almost as bad as being asked to visit the President. But last week the meeting didn't involve allegations or investigations. It was just an occasion for a friendly chat regarding "Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment."

    IEEE Spectrum was kind enough to excerpt notable moments from the Q&A which inadvertently highlighted the confusion
    ...
    by Published on 02-25-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Semiconductor Events,
    4. eSilicon,
    5. Samsung Foundry,
    6. FinFET
    Article: ARM and a LEG-semiwiki-esilicon-rambus-new-samsung-foundry-seminar-400px-20170216-jpg

    Last week Samsung hosted the GSA Silicon Valley “State of the Industry” Meet-up which was well attended by the semiconductor elite, myself included. The agenda started with an update on the semiconductor industry outlook followed by deep dives into Automotive, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Cybersecurity all of which are tracked quite closely on SemiWiki.com. It was a very informative session with great food ...
    by Published on 02-24-2017 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: IBM Tapes Out 14nm ARM Processor on Cadence Flow-powertree_setup-jpg

    The difficulty of managing the power domains on a complex SoC led to the development of a power format file description, to serve as the repository for data needed for functional and electrical analysis (e.g., CPF, UPF). Yet, what about complex printed circuit boards? How can the power domain information ...
    by Published on 02-24-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics
    Article: IBM Tapes Out 14nm ARM Processor on Cadence Flow-hubble-space-telescopes-25th-anniversary-picture-jpg

    Since the beginning of time, people on Earth have peered into the night sky, pondering if they were alone in the universe. Today, we have a large group of scientists that are working to answer that question. The precision required for their search often depends on the performance of a key piece of technology – the analog-to-digital converter (ADC).
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