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    by Published on 05-18-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco,
    4. FinFET
    Want to learn 20 nm layout techniques!-c2ed9603-b346-4edc-ad93-f772e6f28d29.jpg

    It was 1988 when I got into SPICE (Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) while I was characterizing a 1.5 μm Standard cell library developed by students at my Alma-Mata Furtwangen University in Germany. My professor Dr. Nielinger was not only my advisor he also wrote the first SPICE bible in German language. At that time SPICE simulation was already established as the “golden” Simulator for circuit design for over a decade - and remains so to this day.
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    by Published on 05-18-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Advisors
    Article: The First 14nm FinFET Wafer Sighting!-trump-china.jpg

    We have been watching the ZTE saga play out on the public stage as we think it is an extremely important leading example of how the administration will truly act. As we all know, actions speak louder than words, and in the case of ZTE our words said one thing and our actions said something else. We need to analyze what the actions really mean about trade issues that impact technology and China as ZTE was perhaps both the first real test as well as the poster child for China trade issues.
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    by Published on 05-17-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Automotive
    Article: The First 14nm FinFET Wafer Sighting!-caption.jpg

    This week Cadence introduced Legato™ Reliability Solution, intended to address increased challenges in designing high-reliability analog and mixed-signal ICs for automotive, industrial, aerospace and defense applications.
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    by Published on 05-17-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Article: Predictions are hard, especially about the future-fusion-technology-min.jpg

    It might seem I am straying from my normal beat in talking about implementation; after all, I normally write on systems, applications and front-end design. But while I’m not an expert in implementation, I was curious to understand how the trending applications of ...
    by Published on 05-16-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security
    Article: IC Design at Analog Bits-5-ways-gain-advantage-over-cyber-attackers.jpg

    Asymmetric attacks, like those in cybersecurity, benefit the aggressor by maintaining the 'combat initiative'. That is, they determine who is targeted, how, when, and where attacks occur. Defenders are largely relegated to preparing and responding to the attacker’s tempo and actions. This is a huge advantage.

    Awakening Business
    The business world is beginning to ...
    by Published on 05-16-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. SiFive,
    5. RISC-V
    Article: The First 14nm FinFET Wafer Sighting!-mobile-unleashed-front-cover.jpg

    Publishing a book on the history of ARM was an incredible experience. In business it is always important to remember how you got to where you are today to better prepare for where you are going tomorrow. The book “Mobile Unleashed” started at the beginning of ...
    by Published on 05-15-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. TSMC,
    5. Events,
    6. Mobile,
    7. IoT Internet of Things,
    8. Automotive,
    9. FinFET
    Article: Predictions are hard, especially about the future-caption.jpg

    At TSMC 2018 Silcon Valley Technology Symposium, Dr Kevin Zhang, TSMC VP of Business Development covered technology updates for IoT platform. The three growth drivers in this segment namely TSMC low power, RF enhancement and embedded memory technology (MRAM/RRAM) reinforced both progress and growth in global semiconductor revenue since 1980 --from PC, notebook, mobile phone, smartphone and eventually IoT. For 2017-2022 period, CAGR of 24% and 6.2B units of IoT end devices shipment by 2022 are projected.
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    by Published on 05-15-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ANSYS, Inc.,
    4. Events,
    5. Automotive
    Article: Intel's New Tablet Strategy Brings Ivy Bridge to the Forefront-electronics-fire-min.jpeg

    OK, so maybe the picture here is a little over the top, but thermal and reliability considerations in automotive in general and in ADAS and autonomy in particular, are no joke. Overheating, thermal-induced EM and warping at the board-level, in the package ...
    by Published on 05-14-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Synopsys,
    5. Synopsys,
    6. Artificial Intelligence
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    Machine learning is transforming how information processing works and what it can accomplish. The push to design hardware and networks to support machine learning applications is affecting every aspect of the semiconductor industry. In a video recently published by Synopsys, ...
    by Published on 05-14-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: IC Design at Analog Bits-tutorial_same2005.jpg

    I moved from real layout work to management so I had little or no “hands-on” layout in my responsibility but I was very close to my team challenges in all 5 locations. During my 13 years in PMC Sierra I was involved in many initiatives some technical and some in developing relations with vendors. The biggest difference was that MOSAID was eager to get media coverage ...

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