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Protecting High-Speed Interfaces in Data Centers with Security IP

Protecting High-Speed Interfaces in Data Centers with Security IP
by Kalar Rajendiran on 05-23-2022 at 6:00 am

SoCs Have Many Interfaces That Require Security

The never ending appetite for higher bandwidths, faster data interfaces and lower latencies are bringing about changes in how data is processed at data centers. The expansion of cloud to the network edge has introduced broad use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for extracting meaning from data. Cloud supercomputing… Read More


Webinar – 112 Gbps PAM4 Implementation with Real-World Case Studies

Webinar – 112 Gbps PAM4 Implementation with Real-World Case Studies
by Mike Gianfagna on 05-18-2022 at 10:00 am

Webinar – 112 Gbps PAM4 Implementation with Real World Case Studies

Are 112G PAM4 channels in one of your current or future designs? If you’re focusing on advanced products, the answer is likely YES. Design of these channels is quite challenging. Silicon design, SerDes, PCB traces, and interconnect all need to be balanced to achieve success. As they say, getting there is half the fun. An upcoming… Read More


Why Traceability Now? Blame Custom SoC Demand

Why Traceability Now? Blame Custom SoC Demand
by Bernard Murphy on 05-18-2022 at 6:00 am

Traceability abstract min

In the SoC world, we can’t believe our good luck. Every product maker now wants bespoke silicon solutions with the most advanced AI, communications, SLAM, etc. Which is fantastic for business, but this level of demand also drags us into a new level of accountability, especially in requirements traceability. Time was that only … Read More


Meet Kandou’s Frank Lavety, Behind the Scenes Point Person for Timely Product Delivery

Meet Kandou’s Frank Lavety, Behind the Scenes Point Person for Timely Product Delivery
by Lauro Rizzatti on 05-17-2022 at 10:00 am

Frank Lavety

I learned about Kandou a year ago and liked what I heard, as should anyone who wants higher res displays and faster downloads from their electronic devices. I’ve been tracking Kandou since and believe it’s living up to its goal to be the undisputed innovator in high-speed, energy-efficient chip-to-chip link solutions to improve… Read More


Scaling is Failing with Moore’s Law and Dennard

Scaling is Failing with Moore’s Law and Dennard
by Dave Bursky on 05-12-2022 at 6:00 am

Scaling is Falling SemiWiki

Looking backward and forward, the white paper from Codasip “Scaling is Failing” by Roddy Urquhart provides an interesting history of processor development since the early 1970s to the present. However it doesn’t stop there and continues to extrapolate what the chip industry has in store for the rest of this decade. For the last… Read More


High-speed, low-power, Hybrid ADC at IP-SoC

High-speed, low-power, Hybrid ADC at IP-SoC
by Daniel Payne on 05-10-2022 at 10:00 am

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Andrew Levy and I both worked at Intel and Opmaxx, and I knew that he was now working at Alphacore, an IP company specializing in mixed-signal, RF, imaging and rad-hard applications. I was curious what Alphacore was up to, so at the IP-SoC Silicon Valley 2022 event I watched the ADC presentation from Ken Potts, COO of Alphacore. Mr.… Read More


Designing Ultra-Low-Power, Always On IP

Designing Ultra-Low-Power, Always On IP
by Daniel Payne on 05-09-2022 at 10:00 am

processor and sensor trends min

It’s popular to use DSP chips for vision processing in diverse applications like ADAS, security cameras and AR. Tensilica has been designing DSP chips and IP since 1997, and their technology was successful enough that Cadence acquired Tensilica back in 2013. At the IP-SoC Silicon Valley 2022 event in April I had the pleasure… Read More


Advantages of Large-Scale Synchronous Clocking Domains in AI Chip Designs

Advantages of Large-Scale Synchronous Clocking Domains in AI Chip Designs
by Kalar Rajendiran on 05-09-2022 at 6:00 am

Large models challenge current AI hardware solutions

We are currently in the hockey stick growth phase of AI. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are happening at a lightning pace. And, while the rate of adoption is exploding, so is model size. Over the past couple of years, we’ve gone from about two billion parameters to Google Brain’s recently announced trillion-parameter… Read More


Design IP Sales Grew 19.4% in 2021, confirm 2016-2021 CAGR of 9.8%

Design IP Sales Grew 19.4% in 2021, confirm 2016-2021 CAGR of 9.8%
by Eric Esteve on 05-05-2022 at 6:00 am

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Design IP Sales reached $5.45B in 2021, or 19.4% YoY after 16% in 2020, on-sync with semiconductor growth of 26.2% in 2021 according to WSTS. IPnest has released the “Design IP Report” in May 2022, ranking IP vendors by category (CPU, DSP, GPU & ISP, Wired Interface, SRAM Memory Compiler, Flash Memory Compiler, Library and I/O,… Read More


Bigger, Faster and Better AI: Synopsys NPUs

Bigger, Faster and Better AI: Synopsys NPUs
by Kalar Rajendiran on 05-03-2022 at 10:00 am

ARC NPX6 440 TOPS

AI-based applications are fast advancing with evolving neural network (NN) models, pushing aggressive performance envelopes. Just a few years ago, performance requirements of NN driven applications were at 1 TOPS and less. Current and future applications in the areas of augmented reality (AR), surveillance, high-end smartphones,… Read More