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    by Published on 05-22-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Flex Logix
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    The upcoming Design Automation Conference in San Francisco includes a very interesting session – “Has the Time for Embedded FPGA Come at Last?” Periodically, I’ve been having coffee with the team at Flex Logix, to get their perspective on this very question – specifically, to learn about the key features that customers are seeking to accelerate eFPGA IP adoption. At our recent ...
    by Published on 05-22-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics,
    4. Automotive,
    5. Security,
    6. Artificial Intelligence
    Want to learn 20 nm layout techniques!-smokestack-industry-min.jpeg

    Wally Rhines (President and CEO of Mentor, A Siemens Business) has been pushing a contrarian view versus the conventional wisdom that the semiconductor business, and by extension EDA, is slowing down. He pitched this at DVCon and more recently at U2U where I ...
    by Published on 05-21-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Events,
    5. Automotive,
    6. Artificial Intelligence
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    The recent fatal accident involving an UBER autonomous car, was reportedly not caused - as initially assumed - by a failure of the many sensors on the car to recognize the cyclist. It was instead caused by a failure of the software to take the right decision in regard to that "object". The system apparently considered it a false positive, as "something" not important ...
    by Published on 05-21-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. AnaGlobe
    Want to learn 20 nm layout techniques!-yi-jen-su-2.jpg

    AnaGlobe Technology, Inc. is a leader in layout integration solutions that have been adopted by world-wide technology leading companies including the foundries, fabless, design services, packaging, panel, and IP companies. I know several of Anaglobe's customers and am happy to work with them, absolutely.

    The following is a Q&A discussion with YJ ...
    by Published on 05-20-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Advisors
    Article: Predictions are hard, especially about the future-chip-equipment.jpg

    We may know the top, do we know the bottom? What is the downside in NAND, DRAM, Foundry. Can China help or is risk worse than upside?

    It would appear that our concerns in our preview piece prior to the AMAT call came true as the stock now has a "4" handle, NAND is in question and display is down.

    However its not like business ...
    by Published on 05-20-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Advisors
    Biggest Challenge of Adoption of 3D IC Technology-amat-chip-equipment.jpg

    "Puts & Takes" "Reduced NAND Expectations" 2019 to be down from 2018. Applied Materials reported a good quarter coming in at $1.22 EPS and $4.567B in revenues versus street of $1.14 and $4.45B.

    However if we back out the buy back of 4% it would have been around $1.17 so a slight beat. Guidance was for EPS of $1.17 +-4 cents versus street of $1.16 but revenues of $4.43B +- $100M ...
    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.
    ...
    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.
    ...
    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.
    ...
    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 ...

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