The Juggernaut Continues as ESD Alliance Reports Record Revenue Growth for Q4 2020

The Juggernaut Continues as ESD Alliance Reports Record Revenue Growth for Q4 2020
by Mike Gianfagna on 04-13-2021 at 10:00 am

The Juggernaut Continues as ESD Alliance Reports Record Revenue Growth for Q4 2020

Apologies for the slightly hyperbolic title of this post. Webster defines Juggernaut as “a massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path.”  Marvel Comic fans will recall the term also refers to a superhero nemesis. But I digress. The ESD Alliance recently announced its Q4 2020 ElectronicRead More


Webinar: Annapurna Labs and Altair Team up for Rapid Chip Design in the Cloud

Webinar: Annapurna Labs and Altair Team up for Rapid Chip Design in the Cloud
by Mike Gianfagna on 04-07-2021 at 6:00 am

Annapurna Labs and Altair Team up for Rapid Chip Design in the Cloud

This is a story of strategic recursion. Yes, a fancy term. I just made up. If you’re not into algorithm development you can Google recursion, but the simple explanation is we’re talking about using the cloud to design the cloud. The story begins with Annapurna Labs, a fabless chip company focused on bringing innovation to cloud infrastructure,… Read More


Flex Logix Closes $55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption

Flex Logix Closes $55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-25-2021 at 10:00 am

Flex Logix Closes 55M in Series D Financing and Accelerates AI Inference and eFPGA Adoption

Flex Logix is a unique company. It is one of the few that supplies both FPGA and embedded FPGA technology based on a proprietary programmable interconnect that uses half the transistors and half the metal layers of traditional FPGA interconnect. Their architecture provides some rather significant advantages. I wrote about their… Read More


Sondrel Explains One of the Secrets of Its Success – NoC Design

Sondrel Explains One of the Secrets of Its Success – NoC Design
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-15-2021 at 8:00 am

Seventeen horizontal layers of a complex digital chip design showing the interconnection layouts for each layer

Sondrel is an interesting and unique company. They are a supplier of turnkey services from system to silicon supply. So far, not that unique as there are a lot of companies with this mission. What is unique is their focus on complex designs. The company takes on the design of chips that would need teams of engineers working for a year… Read More


Webinar: Samtec Teams with Otava and Avnet to Tame mmWave Design

Webinar: Samtec Teams with Otava and Avnet to Tame mmWave Design
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-05-2021 at 8:00 am

Webinar Samtec teams with Otava and Avnet to Tame mmWave Design

mmWave design has traditionally been a boutique technology used in satellite and defense applications. Lately that’s changing. It turns out the complex, high frequency capabilities of mmWave technology are a key enabler for the 5G wireless networks being deployed today. I discussed some of this backstory in a recent post aboutRead More


Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud

Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-04-2021 at 10:00 am

Perforce Embedded DevOps Summit 2021 and the Path to Secure Collaboration on the Cloud

Perforce recently held their virtual Embedded DevOps Summit. There was a lot of great presentations across many disciplines. Of particular interest to me, and likely to the SemiWiki readership as well, was a presentation by Warren Savage entitled Secure Collaboration on a Cloud-based Chip Design Environment. I’ll provide … Read More


NetApp Enables Secure B2B Data Sharing for the Semiconductor Industry

NetApp Enables Secure B2B Data Sharing for the Semiconductor Industry
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-03-2021 at 10:00 am

NetApp approach to security

Data sharing between semiconductor companies and EDA software companies has been critical to the advancement of the industry.  But it’s had security issues and associated loss of trust along the way.  For instance, there have been cases of customer designs shared as a testcase finding their way into a product demo without the … Read More


Webinar: Achronix and Vorago Deliver Innovation to Address Rad-Hard and Trusted SoC Design

Webinar: Achronix and Vorago Deliver Innovation to Address Rad-Hard and Trusted SoC Design
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-01-2021 at 10:00 am

Webinar Achronix and Vorago Deliver Innovation to Address Rad Hard and Trusted SoC Design FINAL

Radiation hardening is admittedly not a challenge every SoC design team faces. Methods to address this challenge typically involve a new process technology, a new library or both. Trusted, secure design is something more design teams worry about and that number is growing as our interconnected world creates new and significant… Read More


HCL Expands Cloud Choices with a Comprehensive Guide to Azure Deployment

HCL Expands Cloud Choices with a Comprehensive Guide to Azure Deployment
by Mike Gianfagna on 02-24-2021 at 10:00 am

HCL Expands Cloud Choices with a Comprehensive Guide to Azure Deployment

HCL Compass is quite a powerful tool to accelerate project delivery and increase developer productivity. Last August I detailed a webinar about HCL Compass that will help you understand the benefits and impact of a tool like this. This technology falls into the category of DevOps, which aims to shorten the systems development … Read More


Silicon Catalyst and mmTron are Helping to Make mmWave 5G a Reality

Silicon Catalyst and mmTron are Helping to Make mmWave 5G a Reality
by Mike Gianfagna on 02-22-2021 at 10:00 am

Silicon Catalyst and mmTron are Helping to Make 5G a Reality

Everyone is talking about 5G these days. The buildout is beginning. The newest iPhone supports the new 3GPP standard. Excitement is building. But there is a back story to all this. Silicon Catalyst recently added a new company called mmTron to their incubator program. These folks are millimeter wave experts and that turns out to… Read More