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Webinar on Protecting Against Side Channel Attacks

Webinar on Protecting Against Side Channel Attacks
by Tom Simon on 10-21-2021 at 10:00 am

Side channel attack protection

SoC design for security has grown and evolved over time to address numerous potential threat sources. Many countermeasures have arisen to deal with ways hackers can gain control of systems through software or hardware design flaws. The results are things like improved random number generators, secure key storage, crypto, and… Read More


Successful SoC Debug with FPGA Prototyping – It’s Really All About Planning and Good Judgement

Successful SoC Debug with FPGA Prototyping – It’s Really All About Planning and Good Judgement
by Daniel Nenni on 10-21-2021 at 6:00 am

ProtoBridge Debug Blog 181021

Using FPGAs to prototype and debug SoCs as part of the SoC design verification hierarchy was pioneered by Quickturn Design Systems in the late 1980’s, and I have observed a wide variety of FPGA prototyping projects over the years.  In retrospect, three factors have determined the success of the FPGA prototyping project;

  1. A good
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Samtec, Otava and Avnet Team Up to Tame 5G Deployment Hurdles

Samtec, Otava and Avnet Team Up to Tame 5G Deployment Hurdles
by Mike Gianfagna on 10-20-2021 at 10:00 am

Samtec Otava and Avnet Team Up to Tame 5G Deployment Hurdles

Everyone is talking about 5G deployment. The promises and the hype are finally turning into reality and products. While excitement is appropriate, victory is not yet in hand. There are still technical hurdles to conquer before the full potential of 5G is realized. In this post, I’ll explore one such challenge – the reliable use … Read More


Its all about the Transistors- 57 Billion reasons why Apple/TSMC are crushing it

Its all about the Transistors- 57 Billion reasons why Apple/TSMC are crushing it
by Robert Maire on 10-20-2021 at 8:00 am

Apple M1

The Apple event today was essentially a reveal of the latest and greatest silicon coming out of the Apple/TSMC partnership and how far ahead of everything else it is. The Mac was simply an aluminum container for the new silicon.

More importantly the event and specs of the TWO new chips, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max demonstrate that the M1… Read More


Neural Network Growth Requires Unprecedented Semiconductor Scaling

Neural Network Growth Requires Unprecedented Semiconductor Scaling
by Tom Simon on 10-20-2021 at 6:00 am

Neural Network Growth

The truth is that we are just at the beginning of the Artificial Intelligent (AI) revolution. The capabilities of AI are just now starting to show hints of what the future holds. For instance, cars are using large complex neural network models to not only understand their environment, but to also steer and control themselves. For… Read More


Take the Achronix Speedster7t FPGA for a Test Drive in the Lab

Take the Achronix Speedster7t FPGA for a Test Drive in the Lab
by Mike Gianfagna on 10-19-2021 at 10:00 am

Take the Achronix Speedster7t FPGA for a Test Drive in the Lab

Achronix is known for its high-performance FPGA solutions. In this post, I’ll explore the Speedster7T FPGA. This FPGA family is optimized for high-bandwidth workloads and eliminates performance bottlenecks with an innovative architecture. Built on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process, the family delivers ASIC-level performance … Read More


Using PUFs for Random Number Generation

Using PUFs for Random Number Generation
by Kalar Rajendiran on 10-19-2021 at 6:00 am

3 API Functions

In our daily lives, few of us if any, would want randomness to play any role. We look for predictability in order to plan our lives. But reality is that random numbers have been playing a role in our lives for a long time. The more conspicuous use cases of random numbers are with key fobs, and nowadays mobile phones. And then there are a … Read More


APR Tool Gets a Speed Boost and Uses Less RAM

APR Tool Gets a Speed Boost and Uses Less RAM
by Daniel Payne on 10-18-2021 at 10:00 am

Aprisa

Automatic Place and Route (APR) tools have been around since the 1980s for IC design teams to use, and before that routing was done manually by very patient layout designers. Initially the big IDMs had their own internal CAD groups coding APR tools in house, but eventually the commercial EDA market picked up this automation area,… Read More


IEDM 2021 – Back to in Person

IEDM 2021 – Back to in Person
by Scotten Jones on 10-18-2021 at 6:00 am

IEDM 2021 SemiWIki

Anyone who has read my previous articles about IEDM knows I consider it the premier conference on process technology.

Last year due to COVID IEDM was virtual and although virtual offers some advantages the hallway conversations that can be such an important part of the conference are lost. This year IEDM is returning as a live event… Read More


Silicon Startups, Arm Yourself and Catalyze Your Success…. Spotlight: Semiconductor Conferences

Silicon Startups, Arm Yourself and Catalyze Your Success…. Spotlight: Semiconductor Conferences
by Kalar Rajendiran on 10-17-2021 at 10:00 am

Live Panel

The arrival of fall seems to typically raise the number of conferences hosted by semiconductor ecosystem companies. The conferences may go by different names. But whether called a forum, summit, conference, or by some other creative name, the purpose is the same. It is to bring together technologists and business people together… Read More