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    by Published on 05-21-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    New EDA products are always interesting, because they offer the potential to replace manual design approaches with something more automated, thus saving us design and verification time while improving chances of first silicon success. Hardware designers implement registers which are then used by firmware and software engineers, so keeping the register specification and use consistent for all three groups ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. S2C
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    I think we can all agree that no matter what you are designing, FPGA prototyping can help. The challenge is getting the most out of the leading edge FPGA prototyping solutions and that requires a detailed understanding of how this technology works and what FPGA prototyping solutions match your design and verification requirements. That is the whole point of attending #52DAC; finding out what tools and technology works for your design requirements, ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    Formal verification is qualitatively different from most other verification. A simulation can pass or fail. But while formal verification can prove that the circuit is correct, or incorrect, it can also return "not proven" which means either that the algorithms ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
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    Global electronics production is on a generally positive trend. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago (3/12 change) for electronics production by country or region in local currency. Total industrial production ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    A couple of years ago, our own Paul McLellan gave us a report on the 2013 Linley Microprocessor Conference with a provocative headline: “Server Shift to ARM Becomes a Stampede”, a title right off one of the Linley slides. 64-bit ARMv8 architecture was relatively new to ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence,
    4. Coventor
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    When I hear the term micro-technology my first thought is of accelerometers and gyroscopes. However as I’ll explain shortly, micro technology is being applied to a lot more than smartphones and quadcopters. The fruits of development in this area will affect ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco
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    Most of what is talked about on SemiWiki is silicon design. After all for regular SoCs it is the only game in town. But for high voltage power applications (think automotive for one big market) there are other more esoteric technologies becoming more attractive.

    Silicon has been the material of choice for high-voltage ...
    by Published on 05-19-2015 11:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. eSilicon
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    Huge designs, spectacular design costs, astronomical capital expenditure. Welcome to the present day semiconductor industry. As discussed in my prior post, the days of democratized silicon access have been replaced by an elite market. Custom chips are once again a rich person’s game. Does it have to stay this way? I personally ...
    by Published on 05-19-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ANSYS, Inc.
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    Often we hear about isolated instances of excellence from various companies in the semiconductor industry which contribute significantly in building the overall ecosystem. While the individual excellence is essential, it’s rather more important how that excellence is utilized in a larger way by the industry to create a ‘value greater than the sum’.

    This is evident from ANSYS’ ...
    by Published on 05-19-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Solido DA
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    Back in the day, EDA companies enabled the foundries. Seriously, those pesky little foundries chased us EDA companies around like puppies who needed a walk. Now, emerging EDA and IP companies are the puppies and we chase the foundries. Solido Design Automation is one of the hardest working puppies that I have ever helped with strategic foundry relationships. I know them well and can tell you that ...

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