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Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs

Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs
by Jay Goldberg on 07-03-2020 at 10:00 am

Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs

We always warn clients that even in the best of times, Joint Ventures (JVs) in China always end in tears. And we are far from the best of times right now. There is a major example of this playing out right now with Arm China.

Arm’s China JV is, to put it simply, a bit of a mess. The Board has fired the CEO, but he has refused to leave. And owing… Read More


Staying on the right side in worst case conditions – Performance (Part 2)

Staying on the right side in worst case conditions – Performance (Part 2)
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 07-02-2020 at 10:00 am

Moortec Part 2 Talking Sense

In this, the second part of a two-part series we delve further into defining worst case, this time focusing specifically on device performance.

In the last blog we talked about the steady increase in power density per unit silicon area and how worst case is definitely getting worse. We discussed how in each new FinFET node the dynamic… Read More


Nobody ever lost their job for spending too much on hardware verification, did they?

Nobody ever lost their job for spending too much on hardware verification, did they?
by Daniel Nenni on 06-25-2020 at 6:00 am

Silicon Bug Cost Scenario

A paper was published last month on the Acuerdo Consultancy Services website authored by Joe Convey of Acuerdo and Bryan Dickman of Valytic Consulting. Joe and Bryan spent combined decades in the Semi and EDA World which means they have a great understanding of hardware bugs first hand, absolutely.

Here is a quick summary… Read More


CEO Interview: Deepak Kumar Tala of SmartDV

CEO Interview: Deepak Kumar Tala of SmartDV
by Daniel Nenni on 06-22-2020 at 10:00 am

SmartDV CEO Interview 2020

SMARTDV is one of the biggest small EDA companies in the industry today in regards to products, customers and number of licenses in use, absolutely.  They have a portfolio of more than 600 Design & Verification Solutions, everything from Design & Verification IP to Formal Verification IP, Post-Silicon Verification… Read More


Talking Sense with Moortec: Staying on the right side in worst case conditions – Power (Part 1)

Talking Sense with Moortec: Staying on the right side in worst case conditions – Power (Part 1)
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 06-18-2020 at 10:00 am

Tim Penhale Jones

In this first part of a 2-part blog series, we look at defining worst case conditions, focusing specifically on device power.

With great power, comes great responsibility…

With each new technology node especially FinFET, the dynamic conditions within a chip are changing and becoming more complex in terms of process speeds, thermal… Read More


Where’s the Value in Next-Gen Cars?

Where’s the Value in Next-Gen Cars?
by Bernard Murphy on 06-17-2020 at 6:00 am

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Value chains can be very robust and seemingly unbreakable – until they’re not. One we’ve taken for granted for many years is the chain for electronics systems in cars. The auto OEM, e.g. Toyota, gets electronics module from a Tier-1 supplier such as Denso. They, in turn, build their modules using chips from a semiconductor chip maker… Read More


Synopsys Introduces Industry’s First Complete USB4 IP Solution

Synopsys Introduces Industry’s First Complete USB4 IP Solution
by Mike Gianfagna on 06-15-2020 at 6:00 am

USB 4 Connector source Intel

Synopsys announced an addition to its popular DesignWare IP portfolio recently that has some significant ramifications. The company announced the industry’s first complete USB4 IP solution. Before we get into the details of the announcement, let’s take a quick look at the USB standard and why it’s important.

Standards… Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec…Speak No Evil!

Talking Sense With Moortec…Speak No Evil!
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 06-10-2020 at 10:00 am

Speak no Evil Moortec

In the first of this blog trilogy, Talking Sense with Moortec…’Are you listening’,  I looked at not waiting for hindsight to be wise after the event, instead make use of what’s available and act ahead of time. In the second, Talking Sense with Moortec…’See no evil’, we bizarrely saw how Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Nelson and Clint… Read More


Moortec Delivers Distributed, Real-Time Thermal Sensing on TSMC N5 Process

Moortec Delivers Distributed, Real-Time Thermal Sensing on TSMC N5 Process
by Mike Gianfagna on 06-10-2020 at 6:00 am

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Moortec is known for its innovative in-chip monitoring and sensing products. They’re based in the UK and have been delivering this kind of embedded technology since 2010. Dan Nenni covered an overview of the company recently. SemiWiki also hosted a webinar about optimizing power and increasing data throughput in AI from MoortecRead More


Arm Reinforces the Mobile Fortress

Arm Reinforces the Mobile Fortress
by Bernard Murphy on 06-02-2020 at 6:00 am

Arm Mobile 2020 Announcement

Arm did it again. They continue to press their advantage, most recently with an announcement on their 2020 release of cores for mobile applications, in Cortex-A, in what they now call Cortex-X custom cores, in Mali GPUs and in the next generation of their Ethos neural net core.

Paul Williamson, VP GM of the client line of business,… Read More