#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions

#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions
by Eric Esteve on 06-14-2019 at 5:00 am

The good news is that the next five DAC events will take place in Moscone Center in San Francisco! If going to Las Vegas from the Bay area is an easy trip, coming from Europe to Las Vegas makes it a 24+hours journey… One obvious consequence was the poor attendance to the exhibition floor. But let’s be positive and notice that the number… Read More


Monday DAC IP Session “PAM 4 Enable 112G SerDes”

Monday DAC IP Session “PAM 4 Enable 112G SerDes”
by Eric Esteve on 05-24-2019 at 1:00 pm

This session will open the DAC IP Track at 10:30 on Monday “How PAM4 and DSP Enable 112G SerDes Design” in Room N264. I am very proud to chair this invited paper session, as it addresses one of the key pieces of design, enabling to exchange data flow at the highest possible data rate. It can be between two chips on the same board, we talk … Read More


Design IP in 2018: Synopsys and Cadence Increase Market Share…

Design IP in 2018: Synopsys and Cadence Increase Market Share…
by Eric Esteve on 05-07-2019 at 7:00 am

…but ARM, Imagination, MIPS or Ceva have declined and lose market share. Semiconductor design IP market is still doing good in 2018, with 6% growth year over year. It’s half the growth rate seen in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and the growth decline is imputable to bad results from ARM, the market leader, but also from Imagination (#4), MIPS… Read More


What to Expect from the GSA Executive European Forum?

What to Expect from the GSA Executive European Forum?
by Eric Esteve on 04-02-2019 at 7:00 am

I plan to attend to the GSA European Forum in Munich (April 15-16), so I first looked at the event description and at the impressive speakers list. In such event, the goal is at 50% to listen, and 50% to network with the speakers and the other attendant. The center of gravity is clearly semiconductor, but the event involved speakers … Read More


Menta eFPGA Conquer Eu Processor and 5G in China

Menta eFPGA Conquer Eu Processor and 5G in China
by Eric Esteve on 03-27-2019 at 12:00 am

During 2018, Menta looked quiet if you consider communication as the main indicator of activity. In fact, the eFPGA vendor was hyper-active in developing future business and reports two main design-win. The first is with the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and Menta has announced in December 2018 that it has been selected… Read More


Radar is Cheaper but Autonomous Car Needs Lidar!

Radar is Cheaper but Autonomous Car Needs Lidar!
by Eric Esteve on 03-04-2019 at 7:00 am

To replace a human driver, autonomous car will have to “see” and do it in a better way than human being. The available solution, based on camera, radar, lidar, is not perfect and need to be improved. Radar is great for “seeing” in bad weather but has insufficient resolution to distinguish distant objects. Lidar produces high-resolution… Read More


Top 3 Reasons Why Design IP Is Business Friendly

Top 3 Reasons Why Design IP Is Business Friendly
by Eric Esteve on 02-19-2019 at 7:00 am

The Design IP market is doing well, growing at higher CAGR that the semiconductor market it is serving, in fact 10% higher for 2007-2017! You may wonder why this IP market is so business friendly? I will try to answer and propose the top 3 reasons explaining this behavior. To name it: IP business is recurrent, external IP sourcing isRead More


DAC 2019 Will Be Even More IP Friendly!

DAC 2019 Will Be Even More IP Friendly!
by Eric Esteve on 01-21-2019 at 12:00 pm

DAC 2019 will take place in Las Vegas (June 2-6) this year before moving back to San Francisco in 2020 and for the next 5 years. Considering the various rumors about merging the conference, or even the end of DAC, this is a very good news! Not only for Design Automation, but, as we will see, for the IP industry.

In fact, if we look at the exhibitor… Read More


Is IP SoC 2018 Still Alive? Better than Ever!

Is IP SoC 2018 Still Alive? Better than Ever!
by Eric Esteve on 11-27-2018 at 12:00 pm

The 21[SUP]st[/SUP] IP-SoC Days conference will be held in Grenoble, France, on December 5-6, 2018. IP-SoC is now the unique IP centric conference, with presentations reflecting the complete IP ecosystem: IP suppliers and foundries, external IP or internal reuse managers. Look at the program, you will see the hot topics covered… Read More


Why Did Ambiq Micro Select HiFi-5 DSP IP for Next Generation MCU?

Why Did Ambiq Micro Select HiFi-5 DSP IP for Next Generation MCU?
by Eric Esteve on 11-06-2018 at 6:00 am

Ambiq Micro has built a family of voice processing MCU dedicated to battery powered, energy sensitive systems, supporting mobile application like wearable. The company is facing two strong challenges: support computationally intensive processing (NN-based far field) and speech recognition algorithms, while offering … Read More