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Alphawave Semi at the Chiplet Summit

Alphawave Semi at the Chiplet Summit
by Daniel Nenni on 02-03-2023 at 6:00 am

Alphawave Semi Chiplet Summit

The first annual Chiplet Summit was held last week in San Jose and I must say it exceeded my expectations, but I have some advice for the participating speakers and sponsoring companies. A good portion of the content was on WHY chiplets and not HOW. I think we have progressed passed this point and if we keep dwelling on it we will delay… Read More


Weebit ReRAM: NVM that’s better for the planet

Weebit ReRAM: NVM that’s better for the planet
by Eran Briman on 01-31-2023 at 10:00 am

1.Weebit Nano RRAM ReRAM IP NVM for semiconductors green materials Eco friendly technology production

Together with our R&D partner CEA-Leti, we recently completed an environmental initiative in which we analyzed the environmental impact of Weebit’s Resistive Random-Access Memory (ReRAM / RRAM) technology compared to Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) – another emerging non-volatile memory (NVM) technology.… Read More


Model-Based Design Courses for Students

Model-Based Design Courses for Students
by Bernard Murphy on 01-31-2023 at 6:00 am

System design min

Amid the tumult of SoC design advances and accompanying verification and implementation demands, it can be easy to forget that all this activity is preceded by architecture design. At the architecture stage the usual SoC verification infrastructure is far too cumbersome for quick turnaround modeling. Such platforms also tend… Read More


Counter-Measures for Voltage Side-Channel Attacks

Counter-Measures for Voltage Side-Channel Attacks
by Daniel Payne on 01-30-2023 at 2:00 pm

agileGLITCH min

Nearly every week I read in the popular press another story of a major company being hacked: Twitter, Slack, LastPass, GitHub, Uber, Medibank, Microsoft, American Airlines. What is less reported, yet still important are hardware-oriented hacking attempts at the board-level to target a specific chip, using voltage Side-Channel… Read More


Taming Physical Closure Below 16nm

Taming Physical Closure Below 16nm
by Bernard Murphy on 01-30-2023 at 6:00 am

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Atiq Raza, well known in the semiconductor industry, has observed that “there will be no simple chips below 16nm”. By which he meant that only complex and therefore high value SoCs justify the costs of deep submicron design.  Getting to closure on PPA goals is getting harder for such designs, especially now at 7nm and 5nm. Place and… Read More


All-In-One Edge Surveillance Gains Traction

All-In-One Edge Surveillance Gains Traction
by Bernard Murphy on 01-24-2023 at 10:00 am

Surveillance cameras min

Like it or not, the surveillance market is growing, at a CAGR approaching 10%. Big brother concerns sometimes cloud the picture but overlook the much larger practical yet less hype-worthy applications for surveillance. Home and industrial security, enhanced traffic flow management, monitoring for fire and other fast-growing… Read More


CEO Interview: Stephen Fairbanks of Certus Semiconductor

CEO Interview: Stephen Fairbanks of Certus Semiconductor
by Daniel Nenni on 01-20-2023 at 6:00 am

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Trained as a semiconductor Analog and RF Circuit Designer, Stephen Fairbanks has been designing and developing process-specific I/O and ESD libraries for 24 years. His foundational training began while attending Brigham Young University designing highspeed 32 GSPS data acquisition systems and RF interfaces for a time-of-flight… Read More


Alphawave IP is now Alphawave Semi for a very good reason!

Alphawave IP is now Alphawave Semi for a very good reason!
by Daniel Nenni on 01-17-2023 at 6:00 am

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The semiconductor ecosystem has been full of interesting twists of late and Alphawave has been a company to watch since the very beginning. Alphawave came out of stealth mode in early 2019 as the world’s first IP company focused on multi-standard connectivity (SerDes) IP solutions. The importance of SerDes had been understated… Read More


Arteris IP Acquires Semifore!

Arteris IP Acquires Semifore!
by Daniel Nenni on 01-10-2023 at 5:45 am

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The semiconductor ecosystem consolidation continues with an interesting acquisition of an EDA company by an IP company. Having worked with both Arteris and Semifore over the past few years I can tell you by personal experience that this is one of those 1+1=3 types of acquisitions, absolutely.

Semifore was founded in 2006 by a team… Read More


How to Efficiently and Effectively Secure SoC Interfaces for Data Protection

How to Efficiently and Effectively Secure SoC Interfaces for Data Protection
by Kalar Rajendiran on 01-04-2023 at 6:00 am

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Before the advent of the digitized society and computer chips, things that needed protection were mostly hard assets such as jewelry, coins, real estate, etc. Administering security was simple and depended on strong guards who provided security through physical means. Then came the safety box services offered by financial … Read More