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Power and Reliability Challenges

Power and Reliability Challenges
by Paul McLellan on 10-23-2012 at 12:38 pm

Last week I attended the Ansys/Apache seminars on “Dimensions of Electronic Design.” The two big challenges as we go down to 28nm and 20nm and below are keeping power manageable and keeping reliability up.

The big challenge with power is that we can put so much stuff on a die and clock it so fast that the power is exceeding… Read More


Challenges in Managing Power Consumption of Mobile SoC Chipsets: And What Lies Ahead When Your Hand-Held Is Your Compute Device!

Challenges in Managing Power Consumption of Mobile SoC Chipsets: And What Lies Ahead When Your Hand-Held Is Your Compute Device!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-10-2012 at 6:00 pm

Qualcomm VP of Engineering, Charlie Matar, will be keynoting the Apache/ANSYS seminar in Santa Clara next Thursday. Charlie is a great guy and a great speaker so you won’t want to miss this and it’s FREE! I spoke to Charlie, he will be speaking on:

Today’s complex SOC design is driven by the constant demand for high performanceRead More


Apache Dimensions of Electronic Design Seminars

Apache Dimensions of Electronic Design Seminars
by Paul McLellan on 10-07-2012 at 1:17 pm

Coming up are ANSYS/Apache seminars on Dimensions of Electronic Design. Watch the video where Arvind Shanmugavel gives some details about why you should attend. Probably most readers are in Silicon Valley, and the seminar here is on 18th at the Hyatt (next to Santa Clara convention center).

The seminars are free to qualified attendees.… Read More


Dimensions of Electronic Design Seminars

Dimensions of Electronic Design Seminars
by Paul McLellan on 10-02-2012 at 6:37 pm

ANSYS and Apache are putting on a new series of seminars about designing future electronic systems. These are only getting more complex, of course, cramming more and more functionality into smaller portable devices with good battery life (and not getting too hot), integrating multiple antennas into a single platform, and TSV-based… Read More


Chip Aware System Design

Chip Aware System Design
by Paul McLellan on 09-24-2012 at 5:45 pm

On Wednesday this week Ansys/Ansoft/Apache are presenting a new webinar Chip Aware System Design. It is presented by Dr Steven Gary Pytel Jr of the Ansoft part of Ansys, and Matt Elmore of the Apache subsidiary. The topics that will be covered include:

  • Power Delivery Network (PDN) design requirements
  • ABCD Matrix theory
  • SYZ Matrix
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Chip-Package-System Webinar

Chip-Package-System Webinar
by Paul McLellan on 09-14-2012 at 2:47 pm

Aveek Sarkar presented a webinar on chip-package-system (CPS) earlier this summer. One of the big challenges with low-power electronic systems is that the performance, power and price goals are mutually conflicting. It’s like the old joke about “pick any 2”. But for a real system all need to be optimized. … Read More


3D Memories

3D Memories
by Paul McLellan on 09-02-2012 at 4:42 pm

At DesignCon earlier this year, Tim Hollis of Micron gave an interesting presentation on 3D memories. For sure the first applications of true 3D chips are going to be stacks of memory die and memory on logic. The gains from high bandwidth access to the memory and the physically closer distance from memory to processor are huge.

Micron… Read More


Power, Signal, Thermal and EMI signoff

Power, Signal, Thermal and EMI signoff
by Paul McLellan on 08-28-2012 at 1:55 pm

Increasingly the challenge with SoCs, especially for mobile, is not getting the performance high enough but doing so in a power-efficient manner. Handheld devices running multiple apps need high-speed processors that consume extremely low levels of power both in operating and standby modes. In the server farm, the limit is … Read More


Chip-Package-System Solution Center

Chip-Package-System Solution Center
by Paul McLellan on 08-14-2012 at 5:48 pm

One of the really big changes about chip design is the way over the last decade or so it is no longer possible to design an SoC, a package for it to go in and the board for the package using different sets of tools and methodologies and then finally bond out the chip and solder it onto the board. The three systems, Chip-Package-System have… Read More


3D Thermal Analysis

3D Thermal Analysis
by Paul McLellan on 07-17-2012 at 11:32 am

Matt Elmore of ANSYS/Apache has an interesting blog posting about thermal analysis in 3D integrated circuits. With both technical and economic challenges at process nodes as we push below 28nm, increasingly product groups are looking towards through-silicon-via (TSV) based approaches as a way of keeping Moore’s law… Read More