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Mobileye’s Uncut Gem

Mobileye’s Uncut Gem
by Roger C. Lanctot on 08-02-2021 at 10:00 am

Mobileyes Uncut Gem

Last week, Mobileye released a 40-minute long unedited video of the company’s camera-only Supervision automated driving system in action on the chaotic streets of New York City. The video release was part of an announcement of an expansion of Mobileye’s testing of autonomous vehicle technology including New York City (as the… Read More


Prototypical II PDF is now available!

Prototypical II PDF is now available!
by Daniel Nenni on 08-02-2021 at 6:00 am

Prototypical II

Our latest book has finally been published! A PDF version of “Prototypical II – The Practice of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design” is now available in the SemiWiki book section. The first book “Prototypical – The Emergence of FPGA Prototyping for SoC Design” was published in 2016 and a lot … Read More


KLA – Chip process control outgrowing fabrication tools as capacity needs grow

KLA – Chip process control outgrowing fabrication tools as capacity needs grow
by Robert Maire on 08-01-2021 at 10:00 am

KLA Tencor SemiWiki

-KLA dominates process control like ASML dominates litho
-Industry in “panic mode” over capacity drives process control
-Like others, KLA tool supplies are in demand & tight supply
-Balance of 2021 “filled out” – now booking for 2022

Solid numbers and very solid guide for a better second Read More


LAM – Surfing the Spending Tsunami in Semiconductors – Trailing Edge Terrific

LAM – Surfing the Spending Tsunami in Semiconductors – Trailing Edge Terrific
by Robert Maire on 08-01-2021 at 6:00 am

Lam Research

-$80B + in WFE with strong back half in 2021
-Trailing edge strength adds to overall great demand
-Supply side headwinds require effort- Malaysia now open
-It just comes down to execution which Lam has done well

Nice beat and sandbagged guide
As Lam has done consistently for many quarters now, they beat numbers with Revenues of $4.15B… Read More


Podcast EP31: Interview with Dr. Rosemary Francis, Chief Scientist at Altair

Podcast EP31: Interview with Dr. Rosemary Francis, Chief Scientist at Altair
by Daniel Nenni on 07-30-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Dr. Rosemary Francis. Rosemary was the managing director and CEO of Ellexus Ltd. before its acquisition by Altair. Dan explores the I/O profiling technology Ellexus brought to Altair, it’s impact and the implications for the future. A behind-the-scenes view of the acquisition is also provided.

Dr. Rosemary… Read More


Highlights of the “Intel Accelerated” Roadmap Presentation

Highlights of the “Intel Accelerated” Roadmap Presentation
by Tom Dillinger on 07-30-2021 at 6:00 am

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Introduction

Intel recently provided a detailed silicon process and advanced packaging technology roadmap presentation, entitled “Intel Accelerated”.  The roadmap timeline extended out to 2024, with discussions of Intel client, data center, and GPU product releases, and especially, the underlying technologies to be … Read More


Cerebrus, the ML-based Intelligent Chip Explorer from Cadence

Cerebrus, the ML-based Intelligent Chip Explorer from Cadence
by Kalar Rajendiran on 07-29-2021 at 10:00 am

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Electronic design automation (EDA) has come a long way from its beginnings. It has enabled chip engineers from specifying designs directly in layout format during the early days to today’s capture in RTL format. Every advance in EDA has made the task of designing a chip easier and increased the design team productivity, enabling… Read More


SoC Vulnerabilities

SoC Vulnerabilities
by Daniel Payne on 07-29-2021 at 6:00 am

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As I read both the popular and technical press each week I often see articles about computer systems being hacked, and here’s just a few vulnerabilities from this week:

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Optimize RTL and Software with Fast Power Verification Results for Billion-Gate Designs

Optimize RTL and Software with Fast Power Verification Results for Billion-Gate Designs
by Johannes Stahl on 07-28-2021 at 10:00 am

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In every chip, power is a progressive problem to be solved. Designers have long had to rely on a combination of experience and knowledge to tackle this dilemma, typically having to wait until after silicon availability to perform power analysis with realistic software workloads. However, this is too late in the game, as it becomes… Read More


Instrumenting Post-Silicon Validation. Innovation in Verification

Instrumenting Post-Silicon Validation. Innovation in Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 07-28-2021 at 6:00 am

Instrumenting Post-Silicon Validation

Instrumenting post-silicon validation is not a new idea but here’s a twist. Using (pre-silicon) emulation to choose debug observation structures to instrument in-silicon. Paul Cunningham (GM, Verification at Cadence), Raúl Camposano (Silicon Catalyst, entrepreneur, former Synopsys CTO) and I continue our series on research… Read More