SiP is the new SoC @ 56thDAC

SiP is the new SoC @ 56thDAC
by Tom Dillinger on 06-19-2019 at 6:48 pm

The emergence of 3D packaging technology has been accompanied by the term “more than Moore”, to reflect the increase in areal circuit density at a rate that exceeds the traditional IC scaling pace associated with Moore’s Law.  At the recent Design Automation Conference in Las Vegas, numerous exhibits on the vendor floor presented… Read More


An Update from Joe Sawicki @ Mentor, a Siemens Business 56thDAC

An Update from Joe Sawicki @ Mentor, a Siemens Business 56thDAC
by Tom Dillinger on 06-17-2019 at 10:22 pm

Executives from the major EDA companies attend the Design Automation Conference to introduce new product features, describe new initiatives and collaborations, meet with customers, and participate in lively conference panel discussions.  Daniel Nenni and I were fortunate to be able to meet with Joe Sawicki, Executive Vice… Read More


Custom SRAM IP @56thDAC

Custom SRAM IP @56thDAC
by Tom Dillinger on 06-14-2019 at 8:00 pm

The electronics industry strives to continuously introduce new product innovation and differentiation.  The ASIC market arose from the motivation to offer unique (cost-reduced) integration that was not realizable with commodity MSI/LSI parts.  The SoC market evolved to provide even greater differentiation, integrating… Read More


The Complexity of Block-Level Placement @ 56thDAC

The Complexity of Block-Level Placement @ 56thDAC
by Tom Dillinger on 06-11-2019 at 10:00 am

The recent Design Automation Conference in Las Vegas was an indication of how the electronics industry is evolving.  In its formative years, DAC was focused on the fundamental algorithms emerging from academic research and industrial R&D, that enabled the continuation of the Moore’s Law complexity curve.  (Indeed, the… Read More


Samsung Foundry Update 2019

Samsung Foundry Update 2019
by Tom Dillinger on 06-08-2019 at 5:00 am

Samsung Foundry recently held their 4th annual technology forum in Santa Clara.  This article reviews the highlights of the presentations.  There were two prevalent themes throughout – focused execution on the current process roadmap, and the introduction of the 3nm process node features and schedule.

Before getting into … Read More


TSMC Technology Symposium Review Part II

TSMC Technology Symposium Review Part II
by Tom Dillinger on 04-30-2019 at 10:00 am

TSMC recently held their annual Technology Symposium in Santa Clara. Part 1 of this article focused on the semiconductor process highlights. This part reviews the advanced packaging technologies presented at the symposium.

TSMC has clearly made a transition from a “pure” wafer-level foundry to a supplier of complex integrated… Read More


2019 TSMC Technology Symposium Review Part I

2019 TSMC Technology Symposium Review Part I
by Tom Dillinger on 04-30-2019 at 7:00 am

Each year, TSMC conducts two major customer events worldwide – the TSMC Technology Symposium in the Spring and the TSMC Open Innovation Platform Ecosystem Forum in the Fall. The Technology Symposium event was recently held in Santa Clara, CA, providing an extensive update on the status of advanced semiconductor and packaging… Read More


Update on SystemC for High-Level Synthesis

Update on SystemC for High-Level Synthesis
by Tom Dillinger on 03-26-2019 at 12:00 am

The scope of current system designs continues to present challenges to verification and implementation engineering teams. The algorithmic complexity of image/voice processing applications needs a high-level language description for efficient representation. The development and testing of embedded firmware routines… Read More


Project Verification Planning for Analog Designs

Project Verification Planning for Analog Designs
by Tom Dillinger on 02-18-2019 at 12:00 pm

Successful projects leverage the investment in comprehensive methodology and resource planning, covering design and analysis flows – that planning effort is especially important for functional verification.

The emergence of complex SoC designs for advanced automotive applications has led to a major focus on verification… Read More


AI at the Edge

AI at the Edge
by Tom Dillinger on 12-20-2018 at 7:00 am

Frequent Semiwiki readers are well aware of the industry momentum behind machine learning applications. New opportunities are emerging at a rapid pace. High-level programming language semantics and compilers to capture and simulate neural network models have been developed to enhance developer productivity (link). Researchers… Read More