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    by Published on 07-21-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Semiconductor Services,
    4. ARM,
    5. IoT Internet of Things,
    6. Open-Silicon
    Article: Will Andy Grove Save Intel By Recruiting Jen Hsun Huang?-arm-approved-partner-logo-300x237-jpg

    There are two interesting transformations that are currently taking place inside the semiconductor industry: First, systems companies (not chip companies) are now driving the semiconductor industry. Second, IoT focused chips are accelerating design starts. The result is what I would call ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Consensia
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    I hinted earlier that Consensia would introduce at DAC their comprehensive approach to IP management across the enterprise, which they call DelphIP (oracle of Delphi, applied to IP). I talked with Dave Noble, VP BizDev at Consensia to understand where this fits in the design lifecycle.


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    by Published on 07-20-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Flex Logix
    Article: Will Andy Grove Save Intel By Recruiting Jen Hsun Huang?-amba_architecture-jpg

    A key application for embedded FPGA (eFPGA) technology is to provide functionality for specific algorithms -- as the throughput of this implementation exceeds the equivalent code executing on a processor core, these SoC blocks are often referred to as accelerators. The programmability of eFPGA technology offers additional flexibility to the SoC designer, allowing algorithm optimizations and/or ...
    by Published on 07-19-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Methodics,
    4. Events
    Article: Will Andy Grove Save Intel By Recruiting Jen Hsun Huang?-enterprise-abstraction-min-jpg

    Last month at DAC I met up with Michael Munsey of Methodics to get a quick update on what has been happening over the past 12 months within his company, and he quickly invited me to watch an archived webinar on their latest tool for IP Lifecycle Management called Percipient. I love to play the board game Scrabble, so i had to Google the word Percipient to learn its meaning, "having a good understanding of things, perspective". OK, that's my new word for the day then.

    We often blog about new and updated point EDA tools on SemiWiki, so it's refreshing to learn more about the category of EDA ...
    by Published on 07-19-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics,
    4. Events
    Article: Will Andy Grove Save Intel By Recruiting Jen Hsun Huang?-hdap-min-jpg

    Thursdays at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) are always a good time to catch up on areas of technology which are adjacent to that which you normally work. The exhibit floor is over and you have more time to spend in seminars. At this year's DAC, I took advantage of a half day seminar put ...
    by Published on 07-18-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mentor Graphics,
    3. Imagination Technologies,
    4. TSMC,
    5. Events,
    6. Automotive
    Article: Designing with FinFETs-functional-safety-standards-mentor-automotive-520x329-min-jpg

    The fabless movement was instrumental in disaggregating the semiconductor industry. Vertical product development at the chip and system level has given way to a horizontal structure over the years. This organization of product development has been doing an admirable job of delivering extremely reliable products. However reliable for a phone is not reliable enough for an autonomous ...
    by Published on 07-18-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ANSYS, Inc.,
    4. Automotive
    Article: Dear Santa, please bring technology that brings us together-multi-scale-multi-physics-min-jpg

    Skipping over debates about what exactly changed hands in this transaction, what interests me is the technical motivation since I’m familiar with solutions at both companies. Of course, I can construct my own high-level rationalization, but I wanted ...
    by Published on 07-17-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics,
    4. Events
    Article: Is The Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem at Risk?-barun-agarwala-min-jpg

    I recall back in the late 1980's when logic synthesis tools were first commercialized, at first they could read in a gate-level netlist from one foundry then output an optimized netlist back into the same foundry. Next, they could migrate your gate-level netlist from Vendor A over to Vendor B, giving design companies some flexibility in negotiating the best foundry terms. Finally, they could accept ...
    by Published on 07-17-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. NetSpeed Systems
    Article: Internet of Things, My Bluetooth Headset-pegasus-logo-min-jpg

    Memory is always a critical resource for a System-on-Chip (SoC) design. It seems like designers are always wanting more memory, and the memory they have is never fast enough to keep up with the processors, especially when using multi-core processors and GPUs. To complicate matters, today’s SoC architectures ...
    by Published on 07-16-2017 08:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security,
    3. Artificial Intelligence
    Article: John Cooley (DeepChip.com) is a Tool!-airliners-without-pilots-jpg

    Boeing will begin testing pilotless jetliners in 2018. Yes, the future of air travel may include planes without pilots. Just computers and calculations to get passengers safely to their destinations. Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is opening up possibilities to make flying safer, more ...

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