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    by Published on 02-01-2013 07:25 AM

    ASIC design service companies are an essential piece of the SC ecosystem, as well as Silicon Foundries, EDA and IP vendors. Their customers range from pure fabless with no ASIC design resources, who need a third party to turn a concept into a real product (IC) and then market and sale it, to large IDM temporarily lacking design resource to support a project. For a small fabless, building an efficient ASIC design team require a strong ...
    by Published on 10-25-2012 07:10 PM

    There's been an interesting trend emerging the past couple of years; a gentrification, if you will, of the ASIC business. What was thought to be a dying supply chain model has re-emerged as a health and growing segment of the semiconductor industry. Recent figures from Gartner place 2012 ASIC revenue at around $24.4 billion on a growth rate of approximately 8%. Over the next five years, Gartner ...
    by Published on 07-24-2012 06:30 PM

    In the embedded world that drives much of today's ASIC innovation, there is no bigger name than ARM. Not to enter the ARM vs. Intel fray, but it's no exaggeration to say that ARM's impact on SoCs is as great as Intel's on the PC. Few cutting edge SoCs are coming to market that do not include some sort of embedded processor. And a disproportionately large number of those ...
    by Published on 07-06-2012 07:30 PM

    One of the truisms of today's disaggregated semiconductor design and manufacturing model is counter-intuitive to the do-it-yourself focus that is at the heart of every engineer. And yet, time and time again, success rewards those who understand that with today's ever increasing complexity, it is difficult, if not impossible, to be all semiconductor ...
    by Published on 04-21-2012 08:00 PM

    During my last Taiwan trip I also spent time with Global Unichip. Clearly, in order for the semiconductor industry to thrive we must enable design starts. With the rising costs and complexity of semiconductor design and manufacturing this is a much greater challenge which is why Im so interested in GUC, for the greater good of the semiconductor ecosystem.

    by Published on 02-19-2012 03:05 PM

    Clearly one of the market trends proving troublesome in the traditional ASIC value chain is the lack of silicon correlated custom IP. And make no mistake, semiconductor IP is a critical decision since it drives both chip level and system level technology differentiation.

    Under the traditional ASIC model, vendors had their own IP, silicon-proven and tuned to their own fabs. This was
    by Published on 01-29-2012 03:00 PM

    The ASIC business is getting more and more complicated. The ability to produce innovative die at a competitive price to solve increasingly complex problems just isnt enough. The technology required to package that die is now front and center.

    Here, at the junction of advanced design, process technology and state-of-the art packaging is where real innovation takes place. Perhaps nowhere does the importance of advanced
    by Published on 01-01-2012 02:00 PM

    Just how many hands have touched your SoC design by the time it goes to manufacturing? Clearly the more hands that touch it, the more complex the design is, making it more difficult to meet your product requirements. The commercial semiconductor IP dilemma is that not only are you using the same IP as your competitors, you are exponentially increasing the number of hands ...
    by Published on 12-04-2011 06:00 PM

    Just returning from my monthly trip to Taiwan and I find myself energized! Semiconductors, EDA, and the ASIC business have never been more exciting! The travel itself is not so exciting but since I make frequent trips the airline and hotel treat me like a king. And let me tell you, it is good to be a king!

    Speaking of royalty, I saw Dr. Morris Chang at the ...
    by Published on 10-30-2011 02:00 PM

    Lunch with Jim Lai, President of Global Unichip (GUC), was the highlight of my week, I had a very nice crab cake salad. As you may have read, GUC announced itself as the Flexible ASIC Leader taking direct aim at the traditional ASIC market led by the likes of IBM, ST Micro, TI, Renesas, and Samsung. This will be like shooting fish in a barrel for two very simple reasons: 28nm/20nm ...