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    by Published on 06-18-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP
    Article: Is the RTL Design Flow Broken?-qualcomm-litigation-prediction-1-1.jpg

    The recent (since 2016) news about Apple, China, FTC and other organizations positioning in respect with IP are concerning, as it seems indicating that Intellectual Property in general (Design IP and Technology IP) is at risk. Let’s consider several facts through different cases, involving ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination ...
    by Published on 06-18-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Fractal Technologies
    Article: Battling SoCs: QCOM vs NVDA vs Samsung-fractal-wp.jpg

    In case you missed it, Fractal is now officially part of the TSMC EDA Alliance. Fractal Crossfire is the leading IP and Library QA tool used by TSMC and many of TSMC’s customers so this is for the greater IP good, absolutely. Fractal has also released a new white paper ...
    by Published on 06-17-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Most of the re-spins are due to Functional defects?-our-autonomous-moonshot.jpg

    Keynoting the TU-Automotive event in Novi, Mich., last week on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy I took the occasion to note the lofty visions to which Robert and his brother, President John F. Kennedy, aspired. We face our ...
    by Published on 06-15-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Events
    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-energy-world-min-l2l.jpg

    Design IP is going well, with 12% YoY growth in 2017, even if the market is about $3.5B. But Design IP is serving a $400B semiconductor market. Can you imagine the future of the semi market if the chip makers couldn’t have access to Design IP? The same is true for EDA: it’s a niche market (CAE revenues was about ...
    by Published on 06-15-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Wally Rhines
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    This is the second in the series of "20 Questions with Wally Rhines".

    At 8am on my first day of graduate school at Stanford, I joined the “Structure of Materials” class taught by Craig Barrett, the youngest faculty member in the Materials ...
    by Published on 06-14-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
    Article: Scandals Rock and Shock CES 2013!-fcst-june-18.jpg

    Forecasts for 2018 semiconductor market growth have been revised upward from earlier in the year. In January to February 2018, projections ranged from 5.9% from Mike Cowan to our 12% at Semiconductor Intelligence. Forecasts released ...
    by Published on 06-14-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics
    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-adding-vias-min.png

    This builds on a couple of topics I have covered for quite a while from an analysis point of view – integrity and reliability. The power distribution network and some other networks like clock trees are particularly susceptible to both IR-drop and electromigration ...
    by Published on 06-13-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things,
    3. Security,
    4. Artificial Intelligence
    CES 2013 Trip Reports (Win an iPad Mini!)-what-next-iot.jpg

    Over the past several years, the number of devices connected via Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially, and it is expected that number will only continue to grow. By 2020, 50 billion connected devices are predicted to exist, thanks to the many new smart devices that have become standard tools for people and businesses to manage many of their daily tasks.

    Smart connected devices boost customer’s engagement, increase visibility, and streamline communications, ...
    by Published on 06-13-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics
    Want to learn 20 nm layout techniques!-veloce-emulator.jpg

    Emulation is a hotly contested EDA market segment (which is being won by Mentor) and EDA in the Cloud is a trending topic so putting the two together is a very big deal, absolutely.

    The following is a quick email Q&A with Jean-Marie Brunet, Director ...
    by Published on 06-12-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Methodics,
    4. Automotive
    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-iso-26262-process-min.jpg

    Reading the many articles on SemiWiki and other publications we find experts talking about the automotive market, mostly because it's in growth mode, has large volumes and vehicles consume more semiconductors every year. OK, that's on the plus side, but what about functional safety for automotive electronics? Every time that an autonomous car has an accident or a fatality it makes front page news on CNN and across social media, ...

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