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Open-Silicon Update: 125M ASICs shipped!

Open-Silicon Update: 125M ASICs shipped!
by Daniel Nenni on 02-03-2017 at 12:00 pm

As you all know I am a big fan of the ASIC business model. It was critical in the transformation of the fabless semiconductor industry and still plays a critical part in our success. In fact, the ASIC business model is leading the way for systems companies to make their own chips. Remember, Apple started with the ASIC business model … Read More


ARM and Open Silicon Join Forces to Fight the IoT Edge Wars!

ARM and Open Silicon Join Forces to Fight the IoT Edge Wars!
by Mitch Heins on 12-19-2016 at 4:00 pm


I spent the last several days doing a deep dive into the world of IoT security and what I’ve learned has scared the pants off me. Various analysts predict that there will be over 30 billion connected IoT devices by the year 2020 growing from 9.9 million in 2013. A quick audit of my home identified over 40 connected devices including everything… Read More


Webinar: ARM Security Solution for IoT

Webinar: ARM Security Solution for IoT
by Daniel Nenni on 12-08-2016 at 4:00 pm

Yossi Weisblum will be presenting ARM’s IoT security solution during the Open Silicon webinar that I am moderating next week. Yossi manages product marketing for ARM’s CryptoCell subsystem. He has an extensive background in product marketing across several platforms, including connectivity, wireless, multimedia and mobile.… Read More


CEO Interview: Taher Madraswala of Open-Silicon

CEO Interview: Taher Madraswala of Open-Silicon
by Daniel Nenni on 10-31-2016 at 7:00 am

Taher Madraswala started his career at Intel designing microprocessors and later overseeing ASIC development before joining Open-Silicon at its inception. During his 25 year semiconductor career Taher has experienced more than 300 tapeouts across a wide variety of applications.

Today Open-Silicon applies an open business… Read More


The Role of IP Selection and Integration in First-Time Silicon Success

The Role of IP Selection and Integration in First-Time Silicon Success
by Daniel Nenni on 08-31-2016 at 12:00 pm

As IP expert Eric Esteve has written, Semiconductor IP has consistently outgrown the other design enablement segments and will continue to do so. This has been my personal experience as well during my EDA and IP career so we should all know how important Semiconductor IP is. We certainly know how valuable it is with ARM valued at $32B!… Read More


Coming Up Next: ARM IoT ASICs!

Coming Up Next: ARM IoT ASICs!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-25-2016 at 12:00 pm

The History of ASICs is well documented in our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” which illustrates the earliest forms of design start driven collaboration. The history of ARM is well documented in our book “Mobile Unleashed” which illustrates an entire company culture based on design start driven… Read More


The ASIC Business Model is Critical for the DIY and Maker Movements!

The ASIC Business Model is Critical for the DIY and Maker Movements!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-17-2016 at 12:00 pm

If you look back at the beginning of the ASIC business you will see that it was really a critical time in the semiconductor industry. It all began in the 1980s which coincidentally is when I started my career in Silicon Valley. General purpose integrated circuits ruled the market, forcing system designers to cobble together off-the-shelf… Read More


Fit-for-purpose IoT ASICs are about more than cost

Fit-for-purpose IoT ASICs are about more than cost
by Don Dingee on 04-06-2016 at 4:00 pm

We’ve been saying for a while that it looks like there is a resurgence in design starts for ASICs targeting the IoT. A recent webinar featuring speakers from ARM and Open Silicon (and moderated by Daniel Nenni) affirms this trend, and provides some insight on how these designs may differ from typical microcontrollers.

One of my first… Read More


A Brief History of Open-Silicon

A Brief History of Open-Silicon
by Tom Simon on 02-22-2016 at 12:00 pm

In 2003, when Open-Silicon was founded there was a growing need for flexible and innovative ways of getting chip designs manufactured. Semiconductor companies, given the alternatives of COT or traditional ASIC, often were looking for more flexibility without the huge investment and risk of going COT. Let’s look at how Open-Silicon… Read More