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STOP Writing RTL for Registers

STOP Writing RTL for Registers
by Steve Walters on 10-17-2022 at 6:00 am

Semifore EDA Software

After almost three decades in the EDA business, it is beyond my comprehension to understand why chip designers still hand-write RTL for complex register maps – chip designs with hundreds of registers and thousands of register fields.  In today’s silicon world where software is the key to chip-based product success, it is the register… Read More


Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World-Changing Applications

Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World-Changing Applications
by Mike Gianfagna on 09-23-2022 at 8:00 am

Semifore is Supplying Pain Relief for Some World Changing Applications

In a recent post, I discussed how Samtec is fueling the AI revolution. In that post, I talked about how smart everything seems to be everywhere, changing the way we work, the way we think about our health and ultimately improving life on the planet. These are lofty statements, but the evidence is growing that the newest wave of applications… Read More


Webinar: Semifore Offers Three Perspectives on System Design Challenges

Webinar: Semifore Offers Three Perspectives on System Design Challenges
by Mike Gianfagna on 09-06-2022 at 10:00 am

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The exponential increase in design complexity is a popular topic these days. In fact, it’s been a topic of discussion for a very long time. The explosion of chip and system design complexity over the past ten years has become legendary and haunts many of us daily. A lot of the complexity we face has to do with coordinating across an ever-increasing… Read More


A Solid Methodology is the Margin of Victory

A Solid Methodology is the Margin of Victory
by Mike Gianfagna on 08-02-2022 at 6:00 am

A Solid Methodology is the Margin of Victory

Designing complex systems is difficult. It seems to me that the difficulty has increased at a rate that is more exponential than linear with design complexity. Some version of Moore’s law for design is at work. The challenges for advanced designs just seem to keep mounting. A new item that is top of mind for many executives is the talent… Read More


The Silent Revolution is Underway, and Semifore is at its Epicenter

The Silent Revolution is Underway, and Semifore is at its Epicenter
by Mike Gianfagna on 07-21-2022 at 10:00 am

The Silent Revolution is Underway and Semifore is at its Epicenter

There is a major shift in innovation occurring all around us. We see the results every day.  We can interact with them in an easier, more intuitive way. They deliver insights about our health and our daily habits. All this can be categorized as a move towards Smart Everything – ubiquitous machine-assisted intelligence for the good… Read More


Register Management is the Foundation of Every Chip

Register Management is the Foundation of Every Chip
by Mike Gianfagna on 11-17-2021 at 6:00 am

Register Management is the Foundation of Every Chip

Virtually every chip today runs software. And that software needs to interact with and control the hardware on the chip. There are typically many interfaces to manage as well as dedicated hardware accelerators to coordinate. In fact, many of those hardware accelerators are present only to support the execution of the software… Read More


CEO Interview: Rich Weber of Semifore, Inc.

CEO Interview: Rich Weber of Semifore, Inc.
by Daniel Nenni on 04-30-2021 at 6:00 am

Rich Weber

Rich Weber co-founded Semifore in 2006 with Jamsheed Agahi. Rich has a long history of complex chip and system design at companies including Data General, Stardent, Silicon Graphics, StratumOne and Cisco Systems. He received an MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.… Read More