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Podcast EP108: Brief History of the Semiconductor Industry – How Did It Get Started?

Podcast EP108: Brief History of the Semiconductor Industry – How Did It Get Started?
by Daniel Nenni on 09-23-2022 at 10:05 am

Dan is joined by Chris Miller, Associate Professor of International History at The Fletcher School and author of Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology, a geopolitical history of the computer chip. Chris provides a far-reaching overview of the forces that shaped the worldwide semiconductor industry,… Read More


Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World-Changing Applications

Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World-Changing Applications
by Mike Gianfagna on 09-23-2022 at 8:00 am

Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World Changing Applications

In a recent post, I discussed how Samtec is fueling the AI revolution. In that post, I talked about how smart everything seems to be everywhere, changing the way we work, the way we think about our health and ultimately improving life on the planet. These are lofty statements, but the evidence is growing that the newest wave of applications… Read More


Enjoy the Super-Cycle it’ll Crash in 2023!

Enjoy the Super-Cycle it’ll Crash in 2023!
by Malcolm Penn on 09-23-2022 at 6:00 am

Semiconductor Crash 2022

At our January 2021 industry update webinar, 20 months ago, we forecast “There’s no tight capacity relief before 2022 at the earliest” whilst simultaneously cautioning “Enjoy the super-cycle … it’ll crash in 2023!”  At the time, we were dismissed as being ‘ever optimistic’ for the first prognosis and ‘losing the plot’ for the … Read More


Flex Logix: Industry’s First AI Integrated Mini-ITX based System

Flex Logix: Industry’s First AI Integrated Mini-ITX based System
by Kalar Rajendiran on 09-22-2022 at 10:00 am

AI Workflow for Development and Deployment

As the market for edge processing is growing, the performance, power and cost requirements of these applications are getting increasingly demanding. These applications have to work on instant data and make decisions in real time at the user end. The applications span the consumer, commercial and industrial market segments.… Read More


Semiconductor Decline in 2023

Semiconductor Decline in 2023
by Bill Jewell on 09-22-2022 at 8:00 am

Semiconductor MArket Forecast 2022 1

The semiconductor market dropped 0.8 percent in 2Q 2022 versus 1Q 2022, according to WSTS. The 2Q 2022 decline followed a 0.5% quarter-to-quarter decline in 1Q 2022. The 2Q 2022 revenues of the top 15 semiconductor suppliers match the overall market results, with a 1% decline from 1Q 2022. The results by company were mixed. Memory… Read More


Load-Managing Verification Hardware Acceleration in the Cloud

Load-Managing Verification Hardware Acceleration in the Cloud
by Bernard Murphy on 09-22-2022 at 6:00 am

Scheduling emulation min

There’s a reason the verification hardware accelerator business is growing so impressively. Modern SoCs – now routinely multi-billion gate devices – must be verified/validated against massively demanding test plans, requiring high levels of test coverage. Use cases extend all the way up to firmware, OSes, even application… Read More


The Truly Terrifying Truth about Tesla

The Truly Terrifying Truth about Tesla
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-21-2022 at 2:00 pm

The Truly Terrifying Truth about Tesla

When I think about Tesla’s impact on the wider automotive industry, I conjure images of auto CEOs waking up in the middle of the night in cold sweats. It isn’t just that Tesla virtually or actually gets away with murder, it’s that the level of impunity is almost completely unchallenged by regulators and is actually celebrated by consumers… Read More


Die-to-Die Interconnects using Bunch of Wires (BoW)

Die-to-Die Interconnects using Bunch of Wires (BoW)
by Daniel Payne on 09-21-2022 at 10:00 am

BoW min

Chiplets are a popular and trending topic in the semiconductor trade press, and I read about  SoC disaggregation at shows like ISSCC, Hot Chips, DAC and others. Once an SoC is disaggregated, the next challenge is deciding on the die-to-die interconnect approach. The Open Compute Project (OCP) started 10 years ago as a way to share… Read More


Verification IP Hastens the Design of CXL 3.0

Verification IP Hastens the Design of CXL 3.0
by Dave Bursky on 09-21-2022 at 6:00 am

cxl standards 1

Although version 2.0 of the Computer Express Link (CXL) standard is just making it into new designs, the next generation, version 3.0, has been approved and is now ready for designers to implement the new silicon and firmware needed to meet the new standard’s performance specifications. CXL, an open industry-standard interconnect,… Read More


Ansys’ Emergence as a Tier 1 EDA Player— and What That Means for 3D-IC

Ansys’ Emergence as a Tier 1 EDA Player— and What That Means for 3D-IC
by Daniel Nenni on 09-20-2022 at 10:00 am

Ansys chip package board

Over its 40+ year history, electronic design automation (EDA) has seen many companies rise, fall, and merge. In the beginning, in the 1980s, the industry was dominated by what came to be known as the big three — Daisy Systems, Mentor Graphics, and Valid Logic (the infamous “DMV”). The Big 3 has morphed over the years, eventually settling… Read More