Three Steps for Custom IC Design Migration and Optimization

Three Steps for Custom IC Design Migration and Optimization
by Daniel Payne on 08-31-2016 at 7:00 am

Popular companies designing smart phones, CPUs, GPUs and Memory components all employ teams of custom IC designers to create the highest performance chips that are as small as possible, and at the lowest costs. How do they go about doing custom IC design migration and optimization when moving from one process node to another one?… Read More


New Transistor Sizing Company at #53DAC

New Transistor Sizing Company at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 07-18-2016 at 12:00 pm

I first met Herve Guegan at Mentor Graphics back in the late 90’s when he managed a group of developers for the SPICE circuit simulator called Eldo in Grenoble, France. We’ve kept in touch over the years and he asked to meet me at DAC in Austin this year, so I caught up with him to get an update on his latest start-up company… Read More


Circuit Simulation Panel Discussion at #53DAC

Circuit Simulation Panel Discussion at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-29-2016 at 12:00 pm

Four panelists from big-name semiconductor design companies spoke about their circuit simulation experiences at #53DAC in Austin this year, so I attended to learn more about SPICE and Fast SPICE circuit simulation. I heard from the following four companies:… Read More


Two New Announcements from Tanner EDA at #53DAC

Two New Announcements from Tanner EDA at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-27-2016 at 12:00 pm

Most mergers and acquisitions in the EDA world simply don’t work out financially a year or two after the deal is done, however I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Tanner EDA is doing quite well at #53DAC this year after the acquisition by Mentor Graphics back in March 2015. Everyone that I’ve been meeting with at … Read More


ARM and Mentor Enabling the Ecosystem for the Backbone of IoT

ARM and Mentor Enabling the Ecosystem for the Backbone of IoT
by Daniel Nenni on 06-24-2016 at 7:00 am

Charlene Marini (VP of ARM Segment Marketing) did a nice presentation at the ARM/Mentor Summit last month at the Mentor HQ in Fremont. I just got the slides so let me give you a quick summary from my notes. It was a very good presentation on IoT and emulation which in my mind is the new simulation. I also attended an IoT panel at #53DAC that… Read More


Bridging the Gap between Foundry and IC Design at #53DAC

Bridging the Gap between Foundry and IC Design at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-23-2016 at 12:00 pm

In our semiconductor ecosystem we often specialize the engineers and therefore EDA tools into separate silos like Foundry, front-end design, back-end design, tapeout, etc. What I discovered at #53DAC a few weeks ago was that some EDA companies actually bridge the gap between foundry engineers and IC designers with their tools.… Read More


Semiconductor IP QA Standards Get a Boost at #53DAC

Semiconductor IP QA Standards Get a Boost at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-22-2016 at 12:00 pm

At the #53DAC earlier this month held in Austin, Texas I met up with Renee Donkers, the founder of Fractal Technologies. His company has been focused on improving the quality of semiconductor IP cells through the use of automated checking software. The highest area of growth in EDA as measured by the ESD Alliance is in the reusable… Read More


IC Designers talk about 28nm to 7nm challenges at #53DAC

IC Designers talk about 28nm to 7nm challenges at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-20-2016 at 12:00 pm

IC design challenges are different at advanced nodes like 7nm, so to learn more about the topic I attended a panel luncheon at DAC sponsored by Cadence. The moderator was both funny and technically astute, quite the rare combination, so kudos to Professor Rob Rutenbar, a former Neolinear guy now at the University of Illinois. Panelists… Read More


Custom IC Layout Design at #53DAC

Custom IC Layout Design at #53DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-17-2016 at 12:00 pm

Last week at the #53DAC conference there was a lot of excitement in the air about custom IC design, especially at the luncheon that I attended on Tuesday from Synopsys where they had customers like STMicroelectronics, GSI Technology, Samsung Foundry and the Synopsys IP group talk about their experiences using the new Custom Compiler… Read More