Acceleration in a Heterogenous Compute Environment

Acceleration in a Heterogenous Compute Environment
by Bernard Murphy on 10-02-2019 at 5:00 am

Heterogenous compute isn’t a new concept. We’ve had it in phones and datacenters for quite a while – CPUs complemented by GPUs, DSPs and perhaps other specialized processors. But each of these compute engines has a very specific role, each driven by its own software (or training in the case of AI accelerators). You write software… Read More


Webinar: OCV and Timing Closure Sign-off by Silvaco on Oct 10 at 10AM

Webinar: OCV and Timing Closure Sign-off by Silvaco on Oct 10 at 10AM
by Daniel Nenni on 10-01-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedThe old adage that goes the one constant thing you can always count on is change, could easily be reworded for semiconductor design to say the one constant thing you can count on is variation. This is doubly true. Not only is variation, in all its forms, a constant factor in design, additionally the methods of analyzing… Read More


Webinar: Finding Your Way Through Formal Verification

Webinar: Finding Your Way Through Formal Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 10-01-2019 at 6:00 am

Formal verification has always appeared daunting to me and I suspect to many other people also. Logic simulation feels like a “roll your sleeves up and get the job done” kind of verification, easily understood, accessible to everyone, little specialized training required. Formal methods for many years remained the Image RemovedRead More


AI Hardware Summit, Report #2: Lowering Power at the Edge with HLS

AI Hardware Summit, Report #2: Lowering Power at the Edge with HLS
by Randy Smith on 09-30-2019 at 10:00 am

I previously wrote a blog about a session from Day 1 of the AI Hardware Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, held just last week. From Day 2, I want to delve into this presentation by Bryan Bowyer, Director of Engineering, Digital Design & Implementation Solutions Division at Mentor, a Siemens Business.… Read More


Crashing the Mars Rovers!!! Actel and Aerospace Corp

Crashing the Mars Rovers!!! Actel and Aerospace Corp
by John East on 09-30-2019 at 6:00 am

Image RemovedIn early 2003 Actel announced a new product family:  RTSX-A.  It was a family of antifuse FPGAs aimed at the satellite market.  Customers had known for a long time that it was coming and there had been prototypes available for many months.  Our space customers loved the product.  This was going to be a big win for us!  … Read More


Fossil Fuels in the Crosshairs

Fossil Fuels in the Crosshairs
by Roger C. Lanctot on 09-29-2019 at 11:00 am

Image RemovedIn the heat of a presidential campaign, especially one with 19 competing candidates, the contenders may get carried away in the interest of getting attention and, presumably, attracting supporters. Beto O’Rourke might be accused of such rhetorical excess for his call, in the third Democratic Party debate, for

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Micron Mired in Murky Memory Market – Cutting Capex 30%- 2020 Challenging

Micron Mired in Murky Memory Market – Cutting Capex 30%- 2020 Challenging
by Daniel Nenni on 09-29-2019 at 10:00 am

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  • Solid Quarter but soft Outlook
  • Recovery Slow- Future Cost Downs Harder
  • Demand slightly ahead of supply-Shelf Stuffed?
  • Bouncing along the Bottom of the Cycle

Results ahead of expectation but guide behind expectation
Quarterly results were slightly better than street expectations at $0.56 EPS and $4.87B in revenues… Read More


GLOBALFOUNDRIES Ready for IPO in 2022?

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Ready for IPO in 2022?
by Daniel Nenni on 09-28-2019 at 6:00 am

Hard to believe but it’s the 10th anniversary of Globalfoundries. What a journey this has been. It truly has been an honor to work with GF over the years as they invested many billions of dollars in the fabless semiconductor ecosystem and added a colorful chapter in semiconductor history, absolutely.

We have written hundreds of … Read More


Chapter Twelve – The Future

Chapter Twelve – The Future
by Wally Rhines on 09-27-2019 at 6:00 am

Content of this book has focused upon predictability of trends in the semiconductor industry based upon past trends, experience and ratios.  What about newly emerging applications of semiconductors?  After all, the entire history of the semiconductor industry is driven by emergence of new applications.

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AI Hardware Summit, Report #1: Doing More to Cost Less

AI Hardware Summit, Report #1: Doing More to Cost Less
by Randy Smith on 09-26-2019 at 10:00 am

I recently had the pleasure of attending the AI Hardware Summit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. This two-day conference brought together many companies involved in building artificial intelligence solutions. Though the focus was on building the hardware for this area, there was naturally much discussion… Read More