1971 is the year that Intel changed the world

1971 is the year that Intel changed the world
by Daniel Nenni on 06-24-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

From time to time I present the History of Silicon Valley as I saw it to various audiences.  I always enjoy doing that.  I’ve learned that the part that audiences like the most is the Apple / Steve Jobs story.  That’s not hard to understand.  Steve Jobs was truly fascinating! The story… Read More


Meet the Experts @ ES Design West!

Meet the Experts @ ES Design West!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-18-2019 at 10:00 am

SEMICON West and ES Design West are right around the corner here in San Francisco and I wanted to point out the Meet the Experts segment in the appropriately named Meet the Experts Theater. Great idea really and a super great line-up. The best part of course is actually meeting the experts. Over my 35 year semiconductor career I have… Read More


Intel let there be RAM

Intel let there be RAM
by Daniel Nenni on 06-17-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

Intel was founded in 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore who had left Fairchild earlier that year.  They immediately hired Andy Grove. Noyce, Moore and Grove were a study in contrasts. I had various dealings over the years with Noyce and Grove, but have met Moore only twice.  They… Read More


TSMC in the Cloud Update #56thDAC 2019

TSMC in the Cloud Update #56thDAC 2019
by Daniel Nenni on 06-13-2019 at 10:00 am

During my Taiwan visit, prior to Las Vegas, I was fortunate to spend time with Willy Chen and Vivian Jiang to prepare for the cloud panel I moderated at #56thDAC. Willy and Vivian are part of the ever-important Design Infrastructure Marketing Division of TSMC, which includes the internal and external cloud efforts. TSMC first announced… Read More


Wally Rhines Keynote @ #56thDAC!

Wally Rhines Keynote @ #56thDAC!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-11-2019 at 5:00 am

One of the perks of blogging on SemiWiki is the events you get to attend for FREE and the amazing people you get to meet and Wally Rhines is certainly one of those people. You will not find a more intelligent, innovative, and genuinely nice group of people in my experience. Having traveled the world meeting thousands of people I can tell… Read More


The RISC-V Revolution is Sweeping Across the APAC Region and Australia

The RISC-V Revolution is Sweeping Across the APAC Region and Australia
by Daniel Nenni on 06-10-2019 at 9:14 pm

Join SiFive Tech Symposiums in Tokyo, Daejeon, Pangyo, Hsinchu, Singapore and Sydney

As we make our way around the world meeting and engaging with others in the semiconductor and hardware design community, we are seeing an increased interest in RISC-V based hardware innovation. This is due in large part to the emergence of  market-ready… Read More


Cadence on 5G Intelligent System Design #56thDAC

Cadence on 5G Intelligent System Design #56thDAC
by Daniel Nenni on 06-10-2019 at 10:00 am

As much as I love all EDA vendors I must say Cadence did the best DAC this year. Great booth, great location, excellent content, and of course a great party. The 5G presentation in the Cadence booth by Ian Dennison was of great interest to me as I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole 5G thing. I was able to meet with Ian privately… Read More


The Integrated Circuit

The Integrated Circuit
by Daniel Nenni on 06-10-2019 at 5:00 am

The “20 Questions with John East” series continues

Noyce and the rest of the traitorous eight left Shockley without a clue as to what they would do next.  They believed in semiconductors and knew that they were the very best semiconductor guys in the world.  Their hope was to find a company who would hire them en masse.  After some false… Read More


56thDAC Las Vegas Trip Report

56thDAC Las Vegas Trip Report
by Daniel Nenni on 06-07-2019 at 5:00 am

Having just returned from my 35th DAC I would like to share a few thoughts with the organizers, exhibitors, and attendees. In my experience it was a really well planned DAC. Personally, I like the Las Vegas venue even though it is not near a semiconductor populated city. Those who chose to attend this year were there for a reason which… Read More


2020 57thDAC to Co-Locate with SEMICON West!

2020 57thDAC to Co-Locate with SEMICON West!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-04-2019 at 1:54 am

Probably the most interesting news out of 56thDAC thus far is the announcement that in 2020 and 2021 DAC will co-locate with SEMICON West. It’s great news really since this is something that has been discussed over the years but has been deadlocked due to “failed negotiations”. Unfortunately, simple logic goes out the window with… Read More