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Semiconductor Crash Update

Semiconductor Crash Update
by Daniel Nenni on 05-12-2022 at 10:00 am

Semiconductors are Capturing Electronics

Earlier this year semiconductor oracle Malcom Penn did his 2022 forecast which I covered here: Are We Headed for a Semiconductor Crash? The big difference with this update is the black economic clouds that are looming which may again highlight Malcolm’s forecasting prowess. I spent an hour with Malcolm and company on his Zoom cast… 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


Podcast EP78: A Tour of DAC 2022 with Rob Oshana, General Chair

Podcast EP78: A Tour of DAC 2022 with Rob Oshana, General Chair
by Daniel Nenni on 05-11-2022 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Rob Oshana, general chair of this year’s DAC. Rob is vice president of software engineering R&D for the Edge Processing business line at NXP.  He serves on multiple industry advisory boards and is a recognized international speaker.  He has published numerous books and articles on software engineering… Read More


Why Software Rules AI Success at the Edge

Why Software Rules AI Success at the Edge
by Bernard Murphy on 05-11-2022 at 6:00 am

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It is an unavoidable fact that machine learning (ML) hardware architectures are evolving rapidly. Initially most visible in datacenters (many hyperscalars have built their own AI chips), the trend is now red-hot in inference engines for the edge, each spinning new ground-breaking methods. Markets demand these advances to … 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


WEBINAR: Challenges in analyzing High Performance clocks at 7nm and below process nodes

WEBINAR: Challenges in analyzing High Performance clocks at 7nm and below process nodes
by Daniel Nenni on 05-10-2022 at 6:00 am

Clock analysis rail to rail

Proper clock functionality and performance are essential for SoC operation. Static timing analysis (STA) tools have served well for verifying clocks, yet with new advanced process nodes, lower operating voltages, higher clock speeds and higher reliability requirements, STA tools alone can’t perform the kinds of analysis… 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


Demonstration of Dose-Driven Photoelectron Spread in EUV Resists

Demonstration of Dose-Driven Photoelectron Spread in EUV Resists
by Fred Chen on 05-08-2022 at 10:00 am

Demonstration of Dose Driven Photoelectron Spread in EUV Resists

As a consequence of having a ~13.5 nm wavelength, EUV photons transfer ~90% of their energy to ionized photoelectrons. Thus, EUV lithography is fundamentally mostly EUV photoelectron lithography. The actual resolution becomes dependent on photoelectron trajectories.

Photoelectron trajectories in EUV lithography were… Read More


The Jig is Up for Car Data Brokers

The Jig is Up for Car Data Brokers
by Roger C. Lanctot on 05-08-2022 at 6:00 am

John Oliver Car Data Brokers

The same week that John Oliver took on the topic of privacy on his HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” one of the leading automotive data brokers – Otonomo – became the target of a class action lawsuit in California. While Oliver detailed the creepiness of everyday privacy violations on computers, mobile phones, and connected televisions,… Read More