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PLDA is at the Leading Edge with Advances in Both PCIe 5.0 and CXL

PLDA is at the Leading Edge with Advances in Both PCIe 5.0 and CXL
by Mike Gianfagna on 01-05-2021 at 6:00 am

PLDA is at the Leading Edge with Advances in Both PCIe 5.0 and CXL

There are significant advances in communication protocols happening all around us. The Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen 5 standard is delivering the needed device-to-device performance to support artificial intelligence and machine learning applications as well as cloud-based workloads. The rapidly… Read More


ESL Expertise when You Need It. Spinning Up Faster

ESL Expertise when You Need It. Spinning Up Faster
by Bernard Murphy on 12-30-2020 at 6:00 am

CircuitSutra min

System-level expertise, once the domain a few architecture specialists, is now shouldering its way everywhere into chip design and verification. In virtual modeling together with OS and application software certainly. That now couples into mixed-level system-verification, using different levels of abstraction for different… Read More


SmartDV Expands Its Design IP Portfolio with an Acquisition

SmartDV Expands Its Design IP Portfolio with an Acquisition
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-29-2020 at 6:00 am

SmartDV Expands Its Design IP Portfolio with an Acquisition

Back in April, I posted a blog about SmartDV, The Quiet Giant in Verification IP and More. This is a story about the “more” part of that statement. Acquisition activity in the semiconductor sector has been quite brisk this year. A bright spot in what could otherwise be a sometimes-overwhelming series of bad news. Acquisition has … Read More


Analog Bits is Taking the Virtual Holiday Party up a Notch or Two

Analog Bits is Taking the Virtual Holiday Party up a Notch or Two
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-25-2020 at 6:00 am

Analog Bits Takes the Virtual Holiday Party Up a Notch or Two

As 2020 comes to a close, I hear a lot of chatter about virtual meeting fatigue; “I’m Zoomed out”. We’ve all attended virtual versions of conferences this year with various degrees of success. Overall, I have to say these events are getting better. Semiconductor and EDA folks have a way of adapting and inventing, and it’s showing … Read More


TrueChip CXL Verification IP

TrueChip CXL Verification IP
by Luigi Filho on 12-24-2020 at 10:00 am

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TrueChip is a Verification IP specialist. For more than 10 years they have provided verification IP’s, like USB, PCIe, Ethernet, Memory, AMBA, Display RISC V and many more. They have an extensive portfolio including a very interesting product that is “TruEYE™️ GUI” which is a debugger helper tool for the verifications IPs.

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3DIC Design, Implementation, and (especially) Test

3DIC Design, Implementation, and (especially) Test
by Tom Dillinger on 12-20-2020 at 8:00 am

IO cell

The introduction of direct die-to-die bonding technology into high volume production has the potential to substantially affect the evolution of the microelectronics industry.  The concerns relative to the “end of Moore’s Law”, the diminishing returns of continued (monolithic) CMOS process scaling, and the disruptive effect… Read More


Sensor Fusion Brings Earbuds into the Modern Age

Sensor Fusion Brings Earbuds into the Modern Age
by Tom Simon on 12-18-2020 at 6:00 am

CEVA Sensor Fusion

Ten years ago, earbuds might have seemed like a mundane product area with little room for exciting developments. Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) has coincided with an avalanche of innovations that have moved earbuds from a simple transducer for creating sound into being a sophisticated device capable of accepting user commands … Read More


Synopsys is Extending CXL Applications with New IP

Synopsys is Extending CXL Applications with New IP
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-17-2020 at 10:00 am

CXLs busy timeline

Compute Express Link (CXL), a new open interconnect standard, targets intensive workloads for CPUs and purpose-built accelerators where efficient, coherent memory access between a host and device is required. A consortium to enable this new standard is in place, and a lot of heavy hitters are behind the standard, including … Read More


Alphawave IP is Enabling 224Gbps Serial Links with DSP

Alphawave IP is Enabling 224Gbps Serial Links with DSP
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-14-2020 at 10:00 am

Alphawave IP is Enabling 224Gbps Serial Links with DSP

Alphawave IP is a new member of the SemiWiki community. You can learn about the company and their CEO, Tony Pialis in this interview by Dan Nenni. Design & Reuse did a virtual IP-SOC Conference recently and Tony presented. The D&R event had a very strong lineup of presenters. They supplemented the prepared video presentations… Read More


The Practitioners View of DAC – Design, IP and Embedded

The Practitioners View of DAC – Design, IP and Embedded
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-07-2020 at 10:00 am

The First DAC

Next year will mark the 58th year for the Design Automation Conference. It’s hard to wrap your head around the fact this event dates back to 1964, when rock ‘n roll was new, cars were big and computers were even bigger. In its early days, the event was called the Design Automation Workshop. Pictured above is the cover of the very first… Read More