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Partitioning Pavilion Panel

Partitioning Pavilion Panel
by Paul McLellan on 05-28-2012 at 6:27 pm

I don’t think it can be a surprise to anyone reading this that designs have been getting larger. Someone called Moore said something about it decades ago, or so I heard. Designs are so large that they need to be partitioned into smaller parts. The two main motivations for this are that some design tools, especially place &… Read More


SpringSoft Update 2012!

SpringSoft Update 2012!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-28-2012 at 6:05 pm

Little known fact, SpringSoft, Inc. is the largest supplier of EDA software in Asia with headquarters in both Hsinchu, Taiwan, and in Silicon Valley, CA. You will be hard pressed to find a company that does not use SpringSoft products and being located right down the street from the top two foundries doesn’t hurt either.
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Synopsys Update 2012!

Synopsys Update 2012!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-28-2012 at 10:22 am

Synopsys just delivered second quarter 2012 results with improved revenue on a year-over-year basis. Unfortunately operating expenses are said to be out of control. I’m not a stock guy so for more financial information and analysis try the Motley Fool article HERE.

The interesting thing to note is that Synopsys still has a pile… Read More


Milestones to Building a Successful Technology Software Company!

Milestones to Building a Successful Technology Software Company!
by Daniel Nenni on 05-27-2012 at 8:30 pm

If you are coming to San Francisco for DAC 2012 and want the best traditional Italian seafood meal visit Scomas. I was just there, the salmon is fresh from right outside the Golden Gate. Have them prepare it anyway you want, you can’t go wrong!

Milestones to Building a Successful Technology Software Company is the first in a … Read More


Tanner EDA Update 2012

Tanner EDA Update 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 05-27-2012 at 4:15 pm

Rather than fly to Southern California this week I decided to drive. Airport parking and security, flying to Irvine and renting a car, driving to San Diego and back to Irvine, then flying home is just too much. Call it Porsche therapy, I would rather drive. On the way home I will take the scenic 101 and enjoy the ocean views.

First stop… Read More


Chip in the Clouds – “Precipitation”

Chip in the Clouds – “Precipitation”
by Kalar Rajendiran on 05-27-2012 at 3:34 am

Since around the posting of my prior blog [Chip in the Clouds – “Gathering”] to now many events have taken place. Facebook announced its intent to acquire Instagram for $1B in cash and stock, completed its initial public offering, announced an Instagram competitive product by releasing “Facebook Camera” … Read More


Semiconductor Industry Standards Update 2012

Semiconductor Industry Standards Update 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 05-27-2012 at 12:11 am

Standards have been proven to reduce cost of operations, drive greater process efficiencies and offer greater opportunities for start-up companies to infuse fresh technology in the design and manufacturing of IC’s. Si2 standards have been targeted to resolve “pinch-points” in the overall semiconductor supply chain… Read More


Apache Ansys Update 2012

Apache Ansys Update 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 05-26-2012 at 9:26 pm

Apache is one of the brightest stars in the EDA universe. Paul McLellan has done a nice job covering them before and after the Ansys acquisition. Check out the Apache SemiWiki landing page HERE. The Apache wikis are also very well done and it has been a pleasure working with the Apache marketing team. Expect more innovative things … Read More


The Apple iPhone5 Olympic Launch Scenario

The Apple iPhone5 Olympic Launch Scenario
by Ed McKernan on 05-25-2012 at 9:23 am

Just days after I posted a blog on an early September iPhone 5 launch, the spies from Asia started flooding the rumor mills with Apple supply chain maneuvers that are not easily hidden suggesting that D-Day logistics are farther along than we imagined. This flood of information, coupled with the heightened Samsung-Apple Battle… Read More


3D Transistors and IC Extraction Tools

3D Transistors and IC Extraction Tools
by Daniel Payne on 05-24-2012 at 4:05 pm

Have you ever heard of a Super Pillar Transistor? It’s one of many emerging 3D transistor types, like Intel’s popular FinFET device.

In the race to continuously improve MOS transistors, these new 3D transistor structures pose challenges to the established IC extraction tool flows.

Foundries have to provide an Effective… Read More