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    by Published on 04-09-2014 03:40 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. STMicroelectronics

    Last night the IEEE Silicon Valley Chapter had a panel session that was in some ways a preview of some of what will be discussed at the Electronic Design Process Symposium in Monterey next Thursday and Friday. At EDPS Herb Reiter organized a session on FinFET, 3DIC and FD-SOI (sort of how many buzzwords can you get into one set of titles). Apparently I drew the short straw since I get the last presentation of the day, the one between ...
    by Published on 04-08-2014 09:39 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. General

    In the 1990's there was a push to build EDA frameworks, however they all failed because no user wanted to be locked into one EDA vendor tool flow. Fast forward to 2014 and there's an emerging trend to use web-based EDA tools as a framework, instead of downloading and installing software to your desktop or device. I just learned from Andy Fiermana design engineer at Zetechtics about a new company called EasyEDA offering free EDA tools on the web that give you the following three major capabilities in the cloud: ...
    by Published on 04-02-2014 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design

    Get together with your fellow industry peers and insiders at the monthly EDAC Mixer, to the benefit of local charities. You don't need to donate anything, you just show up and pay for your own drinks. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities, this month to the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), a San Jose based non-profit who's main focus is to inspire, engage and educate children through the power of hands-on teaching. ...
    by Published on 03-30-2014 07:21 PM

    When I was a Virtutech a few years ago we had a product called Hindsight. It looked close to magic when you used it since it allowed you to run code backwards. I assume that the technology is still lurking under the hood in Wind River's Simics product, now part of Intel. The way the code worked is that as the software executed, Simics would take occasional snapshots of the virtual machine. Then, to run code backwards it would restore a snapshot and rerun ...
    by Published on 03-27-2014 08:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Events

    Semiwiki is proud to be a sponsor of EDPS 2014:

    April 17 & 18, 2014
    Monterey Beach Hotel, Monterey, CA

    Sponsored by:
    IEEE Computer Society of Silicon Valley (CS-SCV)
    IEEE Computer Society
    Design Automation Technical Committee (DATC)
    Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

    The Electronic Design Processes Symposium (EDPS) provides a forum for a cross-section of the top thinkers, movers and shakers who focus on how chips and systems are designed to discuss state-of-the-art ...
    by Published on 03-24-2014 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    Light has become integral part of most of the electronic devices we use today in any sphere of influence; personal, entertainment, consumer, automotive, medical, security, and industrial and so on. Itís obvious; along with IoT (Internet-of-Things) devices, the devices to illuminate and display things will play a major role in that revolution. In order to be accommodated effectively in the end-to-end devices, the light devices need to be tiny enough, energy efficient and powerful ...
    by Published on 03-23-2014 09:29 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Events

    The annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) is a big deal and should be of interest to students considering a career in developing software to help automate some of the toughest design and verification challenges in SoC design. Maybe the cost of attending and traveling to DAC is an issue for you. The organizers of DAC are continuing their Young Student Fellow Program, where students thinking about joining the EDA field or taking graduate studies can ...
    by Published on 03-21-2014 03:18 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Events

    DAC is in the first week of June in San Francisco as I'm sure you already know if you are reading this. Historically DAC has focused on electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded software and systems (ESS). This year there are three new areas: automotive, Intellectual Property (IP) and security.

    Ever increasing feature content enabled by electronics and software and the associated complexity has made development of ...
    by Published on 03-19-2014 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    As you can't have failed to notice by now, 28nm is the last process node that does not require double patterning. At 20nm and below, at least some layers require double patterning. The tightest spacing is typically not the transistors but the local interconnect and, sometimes, metal 1.

    In the litho world they call double patterning LELE. This stands for litho-etch-litho-etch which describes the steps taken. Using the first mask, half the polygons are ...
    by Published on 03-15-2014 08:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA

    For the connected, in the instant knowledge, information world we live in, the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is most humbling. Let us be reminded as we look for details, and theorizeÖ that someoneís Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, ...
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