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EDA Company Selected as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™!?!?!?!

EDA Company Selected as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™!?!?!?!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-31-2011 at 11:07 am

Wow! We always hear semiconductor companies complain about the lack of innovation amongst the EDA leaders. Placing high on the Deloitte 500 list shows that innovation is alive and well in EDA and it IS possible to have a meaningful impact regardless of your overall size. It is worth noting that there are very few EDA companies that… Read More


TSMC ASIC versus IBM ASIC!

TSMC ASIC versus IBM ASIC!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-30-2011 at 3:00 pm

Lunch with Jim Lai, President of Global Unichip(GUC), was the highlight of my week, I had a very nice crab cake salad. As you may have read, GUC announced itself as the “Flexible ASIC Leader” taking direct aim at the traditional ASIC market led by the likes of IBM, ST Micro, TI, Renesas, and Samsung. This will be like “shooting fish inRead More


What’s New with Semiconductor Test and Failure Analysis at Mentor?

What’s New with Semiconductor Test and Failure Analysis at Mentor?
by Daniel Payne on 10-28-2011 at 6:03 pm

ISTFA
Silicon Valley is a great location for trade shows and technical conferences, so if you have an interest in test and failure analysis then don’t miss out on the 37th annual International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis. This year ISTFA will be held from Sunday, November 13th thru Thursday, November 17th … Read More


Xilinx and Altera’s Summer At The Beach

Xilinx and Altera’s Summer At The Beach
by Ed McKernan on 10-28-2011 at 11:01 am

The “old saw” is “To Sell in May and Go Away.” It’s a Maxim that particularly applies to semiconductor stocks as they typically drop from a post April earnings peak through the summer doldrums to a late September nadir only to be revived in the prelude of October earnings. It has happened again this year, although the path taken by the… Read More


Think differentiation

Think differentiation
by Paul McLellan on 10-27-2011 at 5:01 pm

Wally Rhines’s keynote at the ARM TechCon was about differentiation and how to use it to create measurable value. We all know what differentiation means in some intuitive sense, but how do you make it measurable? Wally’s answer was that differentiation is a measure of the difficulty of switching suppliers and is best… Read More


AMS Design using Dongbu HiTek foundry and Tanner EDA Tools

AMS Design using Dongbu HiTek foundry and Tanner EDA Tools
by Daniel Payne on 10-27-2011 at 12:00 pm

Every analog designer needs a foundry PDK (Process Design Kits) and EDA tools to design, layout and verify their AMS chip or IP. This week I had a chance to conduct an email interview with Taek-Soo Kim, VP of Technical Engineering at Dongbu HiTek in Korea. This specialty foundry supplies analog silicon worldwide.

Interview
Q: Tell… Read More


Interview with Eric Esteve IPNest made by Synopsys

Interview with Eric Esteve IPNest made by Synopsys
by Eric Esteve on 10-27-2011 at 11:15 am

Introduction from Hezi Saar: Eric’s latest viewpoints and reports are host onIPnestas well as on Semiwikiand you can find information related to various Interface IP: USB 3.0, PCIe, SATA, DDRn, MIPI, HDMI and more.

Q: Eric, give us a quick introduction about your background as it relates to interface IP
A: I have spent 20 years workingRead More


Parasitic Extraction—My Head Hurts!

Parasitic Extraction—My Head Hurts!
by glforte on 10-27-2011 at 10:08 am

By Carey Robertson, Director of Product Marketing, Mentor Graphics

IC physical verification requires a number of different types of checking, the most familiar being design rule checking (DRC), layout vs. schematic (LVS) checking, and parasitic extraction combined with circuit simulation. Fundamentally, it does not matter… Read More


ARM TechCon 2011 Trip Report and Sailing Semiconductors!

ARM TechCon 2011 Trip Report and Sailing Semiconductors!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-26-2011 at 9:37 pm

This was my first ARM TechCon, they cordially invited me as media, but it certainly was not what I expected. Making matters worse, I had literally just flown in from a very long weekend sailing in Mexico which was much more interesting and certainly made me much less tolerant of sales and marketing nonsense. My Uncle Jim lives on a sailboat… Read More


Synopsys Journal, now on Itunes

Synopsys Journal, now on Itunes
by Paul McLellan on 10-24-2011 at 9:42 am

Synopsys Journal is a quarterly publication for management dedicated to covering the latest issues facing designers today. It has been published now for two and a half years. Of course, you can go here and, once registered, get a copy of the journal.

But people don’t have a lot of time to read a journal like this so it has been … Read More