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Webinar on coping with the complexities of 3D NAND design

Webinar on coping with the complexities of 3D NAND design
by Tom Simon on 12-03-2019 at 10:00 am

In order to beat Moore’s Law NAND Flash memories have moved from a planar topology to 3D construction. This allows for increased memory sized in much the same way a multistory building provides more building square footage on the same size building lot. Just like in building construction, adding a third dimension to the mix increases… Read More


Webinar – 3D NAND Memory Cell Optimization

Webinar – 3D NAND Memory Cell Optimization
by Tom Simon on 11-07-2019 at 10:00 am

Flash memory has become ubiquitous, so much so that it is easy to forget what life before it was like. Large scale non-volatile storage was limited spinning disks, which were bulky, power hungry and unreliable. With NAND Flash, we have become used to carrying many gigabytes around with us all the time in the form of cell phones, USB… Read More


Statistically speaking you probably care about On-chip Variation

Statistically speaking you probably care about On-chip Variation
by Tom Simon on 10-22-2019 at 10:00 am

There are some metaphorical similarities between reaching timing signoff and driving a car to your destination. Most of us get in the car, turn the key and push the gas pedal to make it go. While we might have a cursory understanding of what makes it go, there are actually a lot of “moving part” under the hood in each instance. For most… Read More


The New Silvaco CEO is SURGING!

The New Silvaco CEO is SURGING!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-18-2019 at 6:00 am

One of my great pleasures in the semiconductor industry is meeting the people who have brought us to where we are today, at the forefront of modern life. One of those people is Babak Taheri, now CEO of Silvaco who I spent time with yesterday. Babak started in semiconductors around the same time I did 30+ years ago. He has a PhD in EECS and… Read More


Webinar: OCV and Timing Closure Sign-off by Silvaco on Oct 10 at 10AM

Webinar: OCV and Timing Closure Sign-off by Silvaco on Oct 10 at 10AM
by Daniel Nenni on 10-01-2019 at 10:00 am

The old adage that goes the one constant thing you can always count on is change, could easily be reworded for semiconductor design to say the one constant thing you can count on is variation. This is doubly true. Not only is variation, in all its forms, a constant factor in design, additionally the methods of analyzing and dealing … Read More


3D TCAD Simulation for Power Devices

3D TCAD Simulation for Power Devices
by Daniel Payne on 08-30-2019 at 10:00 am

My first IC design back in 1978 was a DRAM and it ran on 12V, 5V and -5V, but then my second DRAM was using only a 5V supply. Today we see SOCs running under a 1V supply voltage, but there is a totally different market for power devices that are at the other end of the voltage spectrum and they handle switching ranges from 12V – 250V. … Read More


Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?

Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?
by Randy Smith on 07-17-2019 at 10:00 am

At the ES Design West event in San Francisco last week Silvaco’s CTO and EVP of Products, Babak Taheri, gave a presentation titled, “Next Generation SoC Design: From Atoms to Systems”. The time slot for the talk was only 30-minutes which is simply not enough to discuss all the technology Silvaco is providing now. I had not looked closely… Read More


How to Spice Up Your Library Characterization

How to Spice Up Your Library Characterization
by Tom Simon on 03-29-2019 at 5:00 am

It used to be that at the mention of libraries, people would think of foundry PDK deliverables. However, now a host of factors such as automotive thermal requirements, nanometer FinFET processes, near threshold voltages, higher clock rates, high volumes, etc., have dramatically changed library development. These factors … Read More


WEBINAR: Nanometer Library Characterization Challenges and Solutions

WEBINAR: Nanometer Library Characterization Challenges and Solutions
by Daniel Nenni on 03-14-2019 at 7:00 am

As you may know, Silvaco has done some very clever acquisitions to fuel their unprecedented growth over the last five years. We have a wiki that tracks EDA Mergers and Acquisitions, Silvaco included, and it is the most viewed wiki on SemiWiki.com with 102,005 views thus far.

Silvaco acquired Nangate in March of 2018. NanGate got … Read More


Silvaco on Simulation of Reliability and NBTI Aging in MOS Microelectronics

Silvaco on Simulation of Reliability and NBTI Aging in MOS Microelectronics
by Daniel Nenni on 02-20-2019 at 12:00 pm

Silvaco was founded the same year I entered the EDA industry (1984) fresh from University. I first met them at the Design Automation Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and have been an active observer of their growth ever since. In fact, Silvaco is now the largest privately held EDA company and is growing at a rapid pace. In 2014… Read More