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CEO Interview: Rene Donkers of Fractal Technologies

CEO Interview: Rene Donkers of Fractal Technologies
by Daniel Nenni on 02-28-2018 at 7:00 am

We (SemiWiki) have been working with Fractal for close to five years now publishing 25 blogs that have garnered more than 100,000 views. Generally speaking QA people are seen as the unsung heroes of EDA since the only time you really hear about them is when something goes wrong and a tapeout is delayed or a chip is respun.

FinFETs really… Read More


Good Library Hygiene Takes More Than an Occasional Scrub

Good Library Hygiene Takes More Than an Occasional Scrub
by Bernard Murphy on 10-26-2017 at 7:00 am

You don’t shower only before you have to go to an important meeting (teenagers excepted). Surgical teams go further, demanding a strict regimen of hygiene be followed before anyone is allowed into an operating room. Yet we tend to assume that libraries and physical IP (analog, memories, other physical blocks) are checked and pronounced… Read More


Visual Quality

Visual Quality
by Bernard Murphy on 06-12-2017 at 7:00 am

A few years ago, I started looking at data visualization methods as a way to make sense of large quantities of complex data. This is a technique that has become very popular in big data analytics where it is effectively impossible to see patterns in data in any other way. There are vast numbers of different types of diagram – treemap,… Read More


Power Checks for Your Libraries

Power Checks for Your Libraries
by Bernard Murphy on 05-12-2017 at 7:00 am

When your design doesn’t work, who owns that problem? I don’t believe the answer to this question has changed significantly since semiconductor design started, despite distributed sourcing for IP and manufacturing. Some things like yield can (sometimes) be pushed back to the foundry, but mostly the design company owns the problem.… Read More


CEO interview: Rene Donkers of Fractal Technologies

CEO interview: Rene Donkers of Fractal Technologies
by Daniel Nenni on 11-28-2016 at 7:00 am

Fractal is another one of those very successful emerging EDA companies that you don’t read a lot about, except on SemiWiki. Rene Donkers is co-founder and CEO of Fractal Technologies, a company addressing IP quality assurance. This is a niche in the SoC tooling market that deserves some justification. Why not use an IP as-is… Read More


Quality in Hard IP

Quality in Hard IP
by Bernard Murphy on 11-15-2016 at 7:00 am

I was CTO at Atrenta, home of SpyGlass, for many years before the company was acquired by Synopsys, so I know a thing or two about IP quality, to paraphrase a popular commercial. The problem is that even in the best-run IP shops, errors happen. Sometimes they happen on simple changes, especially when you think “This IP has been very … Read More


Semiconductor IP QA Standards Get a Boost at #53DAC

Semiconductor IP QA Standards Get a Boost at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-22-2016 at 12:00 pm

At the #53DAC earlier this month held in Austin, Texas I met up with Renee Donkers, the founder of Fractal Technologies. His company has been focused on improving the quality of semiconductor IP cells through the use of automated checking software. The highest area of growth in EDA as measured by the ESD Alliance is in the reusable… Read More


DRC Concept for IP Qualification and SoC Integration

DRC Concept for IP Qualification and SoC Integration
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-30-2016 at 7:00 am

In the history of semiconductor design and manufacturing, the age-old concept of DRC rule-deck qualification for handshake between design and manufacturing still applies strongly to produce working silicon. In fact, DRC clean GDSII works as the de facto golden gate between a design and a foundry for manufacturing the chip for… Read More


IP Development in Japan

IP Development in Japan
by Pawan Fangaria on 01-07-2016 at 12:00 pm

As semiconductor IP is growing bigger in size and more complex in providing complete solution for a particular functionality in an SoC, regions from across the world are joining to provide various types of services in the overall value-chain of IP development, verification, and its integration into SoCs. … Read More


Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data

Challenges in IP Qualification with Rising Physical Data
by Pawan Fangaria on 12-17-2015 at 7:00 am

With every new technology node, there are newer physical effects that need to be taken into account. And every new physical effect brings with itself several new formats to model them. Often a format is also associated with several of its derivatives, sometimes an standard reincarnation of a proprietary format further evolved… Read More