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Should the Design Automation Conference Colocate with SEMICON West?

Should the Design Automation Conference Colocate with SEMICON West?
by Daniel Nenni on 07-03-2013 at 8:10 pm

My friend and fellow blogger Kurt Shuler wrote recently, “DAC Is Dead? Long Live DAC!”, which is worth a click over. In addition to providing a nice attendance graph and the top three reasons why it is NOT all rosy, Kurt suggests colocating DAC with other conferences (DESIGN West) but fails to mention SEMICON West.

SEMICON West is Read More


Free Pass to SEMICON West!

Free Pass to SEMICON West!
by Beth Martin on 07-03-2013 at 1:00 pm

SEMICON West is next week, July 9-11 in San Francisco. If you haven’t signed up, and want to attend for free instead of $100,

1) Send an email to silicon_test@mentor.com with subject line “Semicon pass.”
2) Register for SEMICON West
3) After registering, download the SEMICON West mobile app and start building your schedule. Here… Read More


Dan Niles: Everything Changed on May 22nd

Dan Niles: Everything Changed on May 22nd
by Paul McLellan on 06-26-2013 at 11:09 pm

I listened to Dan Niles’s quarterly report that he does for GSA. He had a lot of the usual background data on savings rates and GDP growth, but the big story is that everything changed on May 22nd and that this will turn out to be a very significant moment. That was the day that the Fed basically announced that it would start to “taper”… Read More


Can China alone drive semiconductor growth?

Can China alone drive semiconductor growth?
by Bill Jewell on 06-25-2013 at 9:04 pm

Production of electronic equipment (including computers, communications, consumer, etc.) has been sluggish over the last year in all key regions of the world except China. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago for electronics production in local currency through April 2013 (May 2013 for China).… Read More


SEMICON West: My Top Picks

SEMICON West: My Top Picks
by Paul McLellan on 06-20-2013 at 11:21 am

I will be at Semicon West from 9th to 11th July in Moscone, San Francisco. Of course there are lots of interesting sessions but here are two that I think are especially important to get a good impression of the way things are going in the future from experts. The two most interesting questions about the future are what comes after 14nm,… Read More


What does 3D IC, FinFETs, and EUV have in common?

What does 3D IC, FinFETs, and EUV have in common?
by Daniel Nenni on 06-19-2013 at 6:00 pm


They are three of the top trending terms on SemiWiki and three of the hot topics at this year’s Semicon West:

In its 43rd year, SEMICON West is the flagship annual event for the global microelectronics industry. It is the premier event for the display of new products and technologies for microelectronics design and manufacturing,Read More


GSA Entrepreneurship Conference

GSA Entrepreneurship Conference
by Paul McLellan on 06-10-2013 at 12:04 am

GSA’s next event is the annual Entrepreneurship Conference to be held at the Computer History Museum on July 18th. The event runs from 3pm to 8pm. Attendance is free but you must register here.

The event consists of 5 panel sessions followed by a reception. The full roster of who will be on each panel is not completely finalized… Read More


Reshoring Semiconductor Manufacturing

Reshoring Semiconductor Manufacturing
by Paul McLellan on 06-06-2013 at 5:29 pm

So where in the world do you think semiconductor manufacturing is increasing the fastest? OK, Taiwan, that was pretty easy. But in second place, with over 20% of the world’s semiconductor equipment capital investment is the US. Growing faster than Europe, China, Japan and equal with Korea.

This was not the case half a dozen… Read More


2013 semcionductor market forecast lowered to 6% from 7.5%

2013 semcionductor market forecast lowered to 6% from 7.5%
by Bill Jewell on 05-30-2013 at 9:00 am

The global semiconductor market was weaker than expected in 1Q 2013, down 4.5% from 4Q 2012 according to WSTS. Much of the softnes was attributable to a major falloff in the PC market. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), 1Q 2013 PC shipments were down 15% from 4Q 2012 and down 14% from 1Q 2012. Other key end markets remained… Read More


UVM/SystemVerilog: Verification and Debugging

UVM/SystemVerilog: Verification and Debugging
by Daniel Payne on 05-13-2013 at 2:45 pm

At DAC in just three weeks you can learn about which EDA vendors are supporting the latest UVM 1.1d (Universal Verification Methodology) standard as defined by Accellera. One of those EDA vendors is Aldec, and they have a 45 minute technical session that you can register for online. Space will fill up quickly, so get signed up sooner… Read More