Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum

Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum
by Tom Dillinger on 05-30-2018 at 9:00 am

Samsung Foundry recently held their annual technology forum in Santa Clara CA. The forum consisted of: presentations on advanced and mainstream process technology roadmaps; the IP readiness for those technology nodes; a review of several unique package offerings; and, an informal panel discussion with IP designers and EDA… Read More


Context is Everything – especially for autonomous vehicle IP

Context is Everything – especially for autonomous vehicle IP
by Tom Simon on 01-24-2018 at 7:00 am

GM has just announced that it will introduce a car with no steering wheel or pedals in 2019. According to their statement, they have already planned four phases of their autonomous driving system, and they will plan many more. However, before we jump into this latest car and not grab the wheel for a spin, it is reasonable to ask about… Read More


Achieving ISO 26262 Certification with ASIL Ready IP

Achieving ISO 26262 Certification with ASIL Ready IP
by Eric Esteve on 01-12-2018 at 7:00 am

According with McKinsey, “analysts predict revenue growth for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to be up to 29 percent, giving the segment one of the highest growth rates in the automotive and related industries.” Design cycle in automotive segment is much longer than in segments like mobile, PC or consumer. If you expect… Read More


Safety qualification for leading edge IP elements – presentation at REUSE 2017 in Santa Clara

Safety qualification for leading edge IP elements – presentation at REUSE 2017 in Santa Clara
by Tom Simon on 12-06-2017 at 12:00 pm

To ensure the reliability of automotive electronics, standards like AEC-Q100 and ISO 26262 have helped tremendously. They have created rational and explicit steps for developing and testing the electronic systems that go into our cars. These are not some abstract future requirement for fully autonomous cars, rather they are… Read More


Robust NVM Solutions for Specialty and Advanced FinFET Technologies Webinar

Robust NVM Solutions for Specialty and Advanced FinFET Technologies Webinar
by Daniel Nenni on 09-25-2017 at 12:00 pm

Webinars are a very effective communications channel in a fast paced industry like semiconductor design. If you sign-up in advance and you can’t make the live version, you will be automatically notified when the replay is available so you can watch it at your leisure. I’m guilty of this for sure, because of my hectic… Read More


Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification

Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification
by Daniel Nenni on 08-25-2017 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedThis week, we are continuing our discussion of various topics that Semitracks addresses in their training activities. One area that they focus on quite a bit is Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification.

One of the key activities that a Product Engineer will coordinate is the qualification of new products… Read More


Automotive IC Design Requires a Unique EDA Tool Emphasis

Automotive IC Design Requires a Unique EDA Tool Emphasis
by Tom Dillinger on 08-14-2017 at 12:00 pm

Semiwiki readers are no doubt very familiar with the increasing impact of the automotive market on the semiconductor industry. The magnitude and complexity of the electronic systems that will be integrated into upcoming vehicle designs reflects the driver automation, safety, and entertainment features that are in growing… Read More


Foundation IP for Automotive: so Stringent Quality Requirements!

Foundation IP for Automotive: so Stringent Quality Requirements!
by Eric Esteve on 08-19-2016 at 7:00 am

The Automotive IC market is not the largest segment, but is certainly the segments expected to grow with the highest CAGR, with 10.8% from 2013 to 2018, according with IC Insights (January 2015). If you consider the pretty long concept/design to production cycle time (7 years or more) as well as the numerous segments just emerging… Read More


Get ready for hypergrade in automotive

Get ready for hypergrade in automotive
by Don Dingee on 04-18-2016 at 4:00 pm

With use cases expanding, the meaning of “automotive qualified” semiconductors is changing. What we’re now hearing about now is beyond the AEC-Q100 Grade 0 upper end of 150°C, while still meeting other reliability, retention, and security requirements. What does hypergrade mean for complex digital chip… Read More


After Five Years, 28nm Future Remains Bright!

After Five Years, 28nm Future Remains Bright!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-09-2015 at 2:00 pm

Five years ago TSMC started 28nm mass production and it went on to become one of the most versatile and successful process technologies in history. The first wave was triggered by an unprecedented demand for application processors from smartphone and tablet vendors. Today it’s widely assumed that 28nm demand will continue growing… Read More