Automakers to Blame for Semiconductor Shortage

Automakers to Blame for Semiconductor Shortage
by Daniel Nenni on 04-23-2021 at 8:00 am

Top Automotive Semiconductor Suppliers

Automakers worldwide have scaled back production due to a shortage of semiconductors. Companies which have announced temporary halts on production include Volkswagen, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Daimler (Mercedes) and Stellantis (merger of Fiat-Chrysler and Peugot).

IHS Markit estimates… Read More


CEO Interview: Dr. Rick Shen of eMemory

CEO Interview: Dr. Rick Shen of eMemory
by Daniel Nenni on 04-23-2021 at 6:00 am

eMemory Business Model

Dr. Shen has been President of eMemory Technology since 2009, succeeding Dr. Charles Hsu. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Shen held various management positions within the company, overseeing Technology Development, founding the Customer Service team, supervising Technology & IP services, and the company’s technology… Read More


Demystifying Angel Investing

Demystifying Angel Investing
by Daniel Nenni on 04-19-2021 at 6:00 am

Silicon Catalyst

Recently we published the article Semiconductor Startups – Are they back? which went SemiWiki viral with 30k+ views. It’s certainly a sign of the times with M&A activity still running at a brisk rate. During the day I help emerging companies with business development including raising money and sell-side acquisitions… Read More


TSMC Ups CAPEX Again!

TSMC Ups CAPEX Again!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-16-2021 at 6:00 am

TSMC 1Q21 Revenue by Platform

We were all pleasantly surprised when TSMC increased 2021 Capex to a record $28 billion. To me this validated the talk inside the ecosystem that Intel would be coming to TSMC at 3nm. We were again surprised when TSMC announced a $100B investment over the next three years which belittled Intel’s announcement that they would spend … Read More


eFPGA IP – in Videos

eFPGA IP – in Videos
by Daniel Nenni on 04-12-2021 at 10:00 am

Menta eFPGA IP

eFPGA has been a hot topic on SemiWiki for the past five years and it is still going strong. eFPGA is more descriptively categorized as embedded programmable logic and reconfigurable computing. Whatever you want to call it, eFPGA is an important piece of the computing puzzle, absolutely.

We recently did a series of videos with Menta… Read More


CEO Interview: Kush Gulati of Omni Design Technologies

CEO Interview: Kush Gulati of Omni Design Technologies
by Daniel Nenni on 04-09-2021 at 6:00 am

Kush Gulati

Kush Gulati is the CEO of Omni Design Technologies, a company he co-founded in 2015 to lead a transformation in how high-performance analog IP is developed and integrated into SoCs in advanced process nodes. With a PhD from MIT, he is a renowned expert in data converters, and a serial entrepreneur. His first startup was a detective… Read More


How Mentor became Siemens EDA

How Mentor became Siemens EDA
by Daniel Nenni on 04-05-2021 at 6:00 am

Messy dog food

When I started in EDA the big three were Daisy, Mentor and Valid (DMV as we called them). Then came Synopsys in 1986 followed by Cadence, which was a clever merger between ECAD (Dracula DRC) and Solomon Design. Daisy and Valid were pushed aside and then there were, “Three dogs hovering over one bowl of dog food, not a pretty site.”… Read More


AUGER, the First User Group Meeting for Agnisys

AUGER, the First User Group Meeting for Agnisys
by Daniel Nenni on 04-01-2021 at 10:00 am

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As a long-time member of the EDA community, I really believe in user groups. EDA tools are complicated beasts, with many options and different ways to use them, and they are constantly evolving. Users interact with their local field applications engineers (FAEs) and sometimes corporate AEs (product specialists) as well on a regular… Read More


Why Would Anyone Perform Non-Standard Language Checks?

Why Would Anyone Perform Non-Standard Language Checks?
by Daniel Nenni on 03-29-2021 at 6:00 am

Non Standard

The other day, I was having one of my regular chats with Cristian Amitroaie, CEO and co-founder of AMIQ EDA. One of our subjects was a topic that we discussed last year, the wide range of languages and formats that chip design and verification engineers use these days. AMIQ EDA has put a lot of effort into adding support for many of these… Read More


Intel Will Again Compete With TSMC

Intel Will Again Compete With TSMC
by Daniel Nenni on 03-23-2021 at 2:00 pm

TSMC Intel SemiWiki

New Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is not wasting any time in changing the course of the largest semiconductor company the world has ever seen. Today he announced the IDM 2.0 strategy which will better leverage Intel’s manufacturing abilities. There is a lot to talk about here but let’s focus on the new Intel Foundry Services because the… Read More