With this post, we welcome NetApp to the SemiWiki family. NetApp was founded in 1992 with a focus on data storage solutions. Initial market segments were high-performance computing (HPC) and EDA and their first customers were EDA and semiconductor companies. NetApp has become a primary force in on-premise data management for… Read More
SoC verification has always been an interesting topic for me. Having worked at companies like Zycad that offered hardware accelerators for logic and fault simulation, the concept of reducing the time needed to verify a complex SoC has occupied a lot of my thoughts. The bar we always tried to clear was actually simple to articulate… Read More
HCL is an interesting organization. You may know them as an Indian company that provides software and hardware services. At about $10B US and over 110,000 employees working around the world, they are indeed a force in the industry. They’ve also created a software company called HCL Software that develops tools and technologies… Read More
An exceptional customer experience starts before the sale. Successful companies realize it never ends. Dedicated post-sales support and a robust ecosystem for aftermarket product extensions are ingredients that tend to delight the customer. These comments are relevant in the consumer sector, but they apply to high tech as… Read More
One of the Designer Track at this year’s DAC focused on the popular topic of automotive electronics. The title was particularly on-point, The Modern Automobile: A Safety and Security “Hot Zone”. The session was chaired by Debdeep Mukhopadhyay, a Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur.
This special, invited… Read More
There was a “research reviewed” panel on Thursday at DAC entitled Shortening the Wires Between High-Level Synthesis and Logic Synthesis. Chaired by Alric Althoff of Tortuga Logic, the panel explored methods to deal with wire delays in high-level synthesis and logic synthesis. The four speakers and their focus were:
DAC was full of great panels, research papers and chip design stories this year, the same as other years. Being a virtual show, there were some differences of course. I’ve heard attendance was way up, allowing a lot more folks to experience the technical program. This is likely to be true for a virtual event. I’m sure we’ll see more… Read More
High-speed communication is a critical component for many applications, most notably in the data center. The serializer/deserializer physical interface, or SerDes PHY is the backbone of many different forms of high-speed communication for this application. Use cases include on chip, between chips, between boards and racks… Read More
Collecting and analyzing semiconductor test data is a subject that holds a special place for me. Developing a factory data collection and analysis system was my first job out of school. The company was RCA, and the factories were in Findlay, Ohio (analog/mixed signal) and West Palm Beach, Florida (digital). There was a pilot… Read More
Alchip issued a press announcement recently entitled Alchip Provides Supercomputer Processor Design Support. The release is literally a tour de force of technology, with many advanced design and packaging accomplishments. First, let’s examine the basics of the design.