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The Journey of DRAM Continues

The Journey of DRAM Continues
by Arabinda Das on 09-26-2021 at 10:00 am

HBM

The field of DRAM is fascinating as it continues to grow and innovate. For the past ten years, I have often read that DRAM is running out of steam because of its difficulty to scale the capacitor, and yet it continues to evolve since invented by Dr. R. Dennard at IBM. In 1966, he introduced the concept of a transistor memory cell consisting… Read More


Auto Shows Return in Spite of COVID

Auto Shows Return in Spite of COVID
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-26-2021 at 6:00 am

Auto Shows Return in Spite of COVID

I knew something special was going on in Munich last week at IAA Mobility – the first international auto show to be held outside China since the start of the pandemic – when a senior executive stepped off the stage before his talk to a modest crowd to say to me (sitting in the second row): “What are you doing here?” I don’t remember whether… Read More


Podcast EP39: The History of TSMC with Dr. Walden Rhines

Podcast EP39: The History of TSMC with Dr. Walden Rhines
by Daniel Nenni on 09-24-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Dr. Walden Rhines for a far-reaching discussion of the history of TSMC and the foundry business model. The past, present and potential future scenarios are all explored.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in these podcasts belong solely to the speaker, and not to the speaker’s employer, organization,… Read More


CEO Interview: Maxim Ershov of Diakopto

CEO Interview: Maxim Ershov of Diakopto
by Daniel Nenni on 09-24-2021 at 4:00 am

Maxim Ershov

Maxim is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur. His expertise is in physics, mathematics, semiconductor devices, and EDA. Prior to co-founding Diakopto, Maxim worked at Apple’s SEG (Silicon Engineering Group), where he was responsible for parasitic extraction. Before Apple, he was CTO of Silicon Frontline Technology,… Read More


The Path to 200 Gbps Serial Links

The Path to 200 Gbps Serial Links
by Kalar Rajendiran on 09-23-2021 at 10:00 am

Industry is Quickly Scaling

Ethernet speed evolution has kept a nice pace over the years even without any competing communications standard. And there are no signs of that slowing down, thanks to innovative companies deploying creative design techniques to keep delivering high-performance SerDes IP solutions. SerDes plays an integral role in implementing… Read More


More Tales from the NoC Trenches

More Tales from the NoC Trenches
by Bernard Murphy on 09-23-2021 at 6:00 am

Galileo min

Science texts like to present the evolution of knowledge as step-function transitions, from ignorance to wisdom. We used to think the sun revolved around the earth. Then Galileo appeared, and we instantly realized that the earth revolves around the sun. But reality is always messier, as Galileo understood all too well. The transition… Read More


Webinar: PICMG COM-HPC® – New Open Standard for High Performance Compute Modules

Webinar: PICMG COM-HPC® – New Open Standard for High Performance Compute Modules
by Mike Gianfagna on 09-22-2021 at 10:00 am

Webinar PICMG COM HPC® New Open Standard for High Performance Compute Modules

The subject of this webinar is focused on the new COM-HPC standard from PICMG, a nonprofit consortium of companies and organizations that collaboratively develop open standards for high performance telecommunications, military, industrial, and general-purpose embedded computing applications. A computer-on-module … Read More


Cautions In Using High-NA EUV

Cautions In Using High-NA EUV
by Fred Chen on 09-22-2021 at 6:00 am

Cautions In Using High NA EUV

High-NA EUV has received a lot of attention ever since Intel put the spotlight on its receiving the first 0.55 NA EUV tool from ASML [1], expected in 2025. EUV itself has numerous issues which have been enumerated by myself and others, most notoriously the stochastic defects issue. There are also a host of issues related to the propagation… Read More


Webinar: AMS, RF and Digital Full Custom IC Designs need Circuit Sizing

Webinar: AMS, RF and Digital Full Custom IC Designs need Circuit Sizing
by Daniel Payne on 09-21-2021 at 10:00 am

circuit sizing min

My career started out by designing DRAM circuits at Intel, and we manually sized every transistor in the entire design to get the optimum performance, power and area. Yes, it was time consuming, required lots of SPICE iterations and was a bit error prone. Thank goodness that times have changed, and circuit designers can work smarter… Read More


Arm Shifts Up With SOAFEE

Arm Shifts Up With SOAFEE
by Bernard Murphy on 09-21-2021 at 6:00 am

SOAFEE min

We’re always hearing about shift-left, advances enabling system designers to start various aspects of their development and validation earlier. In support of this goal for automotive developers, Arm recently announced their Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE). SOAFEE is a software platform (with reference… Read More