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    by Published on 08-23-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC,
    4. FinFET
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-tsmc-oip-2017-jpg

    The TSMC OIP Ecosystem Forum is upon us again. I have yet to meet a disappointed attendee so it is definitely worth your time: Networking with more than 1,000 semiconductor professionals, the food, mingling with the 50+ EDA, IP, and Services Companies, the food, and of course the content. The 7nm and 7nm EUV updates alone are worth the trip, absolutely! And remember, it is at the very convenient Santa Clara Convention Center.

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    by Published on 08-23-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Synopsys
    Article: Sequential Power Optimization-safety-first-min-jpeg

    Following up on their webinar on functional safety in FPGA-based designs, Synopsys have now published a white paper expanding on some of those topics. For those who didn’t get a chance to see the webinar this blog follows the white paper flow and is similar but not identical to my webinar blog, particularly ...
    by Published on 08-22-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Open-Silicon
    Article: ST Microelectronics: Strategic Options-hbm-min-jpg

    Calling all ASIC designers working on High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) access architectures in high-performance computing (HPC), networking, deep learning, virtual reality, gaming, cloud computing and data center applications. You won’t want to miss this upcoming ...
    by Published on 08-22-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
    New here, needs a mentor!-cpu-vs-mem-perf-min-jpg

    Dual in-line memory modules (DIMM’s ) with double data rate synchronous dynamic random access memory (DDR SDRAM) have been around since before we were worried about Y2K. Over the intervening years this format for provisioning memory has evolved from supporting DDR around 1995, to DDR1 ...
    by Published on 08-21-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. FinFET
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-ivmf-jpg

    Frequent Semiwiki readers are familiar with the importance of close collaboration between the foundries and EDA tool developers, to provide the crucial features required by new process nodes. Perhaps the best illustration of the significance of this collaboration is the technical evolution of layout parasitic extraction. All signoff-level electrical analysis flows rely upon an accurate (and where appropriate, concise) parasitic model. Increasingly, accurate and fast extraction algorithms need to be integrated with implementation flows ...
    by Published on 08-21-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ANSYS, Inc.
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-maximizing-coverage-min-jpg

    I’ve written before about how Ansys applies big data analytics and elastic compute in support of power integrity and other types of analysis. A good example of the need follows this reasoning: Advanced designs today require advanced semiconductor processes – 16nm and below. Designs at these processes run at low voltages, much closer to threshold voltages than previously. This makes them much more sensitive to local power fluctuations; a nominally safe timing path may fail in practice if temporary local current demand causes a local supply voltage to drop, further compressing what is now a much narrower margin.
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    by Published on 08-18-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: ST Microelectronics: Strategic Options-tesla-radio-jpg

    The rumor is spreading far and wide that Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk is talking with major record labels about creating a streaming audio service dedicated to Tesla vehicles. The widespread industry reaction is head scratching and eye rolling at what is seen as the latest chapter in the Musk follies – Solar City, Model 3, Autopilot, Gigafactory – but a ...
    by Published on 08-18-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Arteris answer to Sonics: should compare actual NoC (in Silicon proven SoC) performance, instead of potential, unproven NoC performances!-why-i-remain-optimistic-about-tesla-jpg

    Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding $50 billion, it can be easy to argue ...
    by Published on 08-17-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. SiFive
    Article: TSMC Financial Update Q4 2012!-sifive-diagram-jpg

    Having started my career during the mini computer revolution it has been an incredible journey from using computers that consumed entire rooms - to the desktop - and now we have supercomputers in our pockets. It makes me chuckle when I hear people complaining about their smartphones when they should be jumping up and down saying, “I have a supercomputer I have a supercomputer!” ...
    by Published on 08-17-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. CEVA,
    4. Artificial Intelligence
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-smart-speaker-min-jpeg

    There are many “next big thing” possibilities these days in tech but mostly behind the scenes; few are front and center for us as consumers. That is until smart speakers started taking off, led by Amazon Echo/Dot and Google Home. The intriguing thing about this technology is ...

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