Podcast EP3: Tomorrow’s Semiconductors with Jim Hogan

Podcast EP3: Tomorrow’s Semiconductors with Jim Hogan
by Daniel Nenni on 01-15-2021 at 10:00 am

Dan and Mike are joined by industry luminary Jim Hogan. In a rare interview, Jim talks about his life – how he got into semiconductors, EDA and venture investing. Jim’s time at Cadence as well as his work at ARM are explored. Jim also provides a concise and informative overview of how venture investing works. The podcast… Read More


Synopsys is Extending CXL Applications with New IP

Synopsys is Extending CXL Applications with New IP
by Mike Gianfagna on 12-17-2020 at 10:00 am

CXLs busy timeline

Compute Express Link (CXL), a new open interconnect standard, targets intensive workloads for CPUs and purpose-built accelerators where efficient, coherent memory access between a host and device is required. A consortium to enable this new standard is in place, and a lot of heavy hitters are behind the standard, including … Read More


Nvidia Arm Acquisition Talking Points

Nvidia Arm Acquisition Talking Points
by Daniel Nenni on 10-30-2020 at 10:00 am

Nvidia Arm Acquisition 2020

Before founding SemiWiki I competed with Arm on many different levels throughout my career and I have had various business dealings with them since. SemiWiki also published the definitive book on Arm: “Mobile Unleashed” which goes deep into the history of Arm and the top SoC companies (Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung).… Read More


Online Verification Meet-up With Intel and Arm!

Online Verification Meet-up With Intel and Arm!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-11-2020 at 10:00 am

Online meetup sep semiwiki

Veriest is headquartered in Israel with engineering sites in Serbia & Hungary. The team has accumulated a wealth of experience through involvement in projects in the forefront of semiconductor technology.

Veriest maintains unrivaled quality standards in terms of both service and knowledge. With the ability to take on … Read More


How an Nvidia/ARM deal could create the dominant ecosystem for the next computer era

How an Nvidia/ARM deal could create the dominant ecosystem for the next computer era
by Michael Bruck on 09-04-2020 at 6:00 am

PC operating profits

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous reports about Nvidia’s overtures to acquire Arm. The news has mostly been obsessed about the $31 billion that Arm’s current owner, Softbank, paid for Arm and whether Nvidia could pay such an eye-watering price to buy this asset. There is also pushback from Herman Hauser who was one… Read More


Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs

Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs
by Jay Goldberg on 07-03-2020 at 10:00 am

Tears in the Rain – Arm and China JVs

We always warn clients that even in the best of times, Joint Ventures (JVs) in China always end in tears. And we are far from the best of times right now. There is a major example of this playing out right now with Arm China.

Arm’s China JV is, to put it simply, a bit of a mess. The Board has fired the CEO, but he has refused to leave. And owing… Read More


China’s Position in the Global Semiconductor Value Chain

China’s Position in the Global Semiconductor Value Chain
by Bart van Hezewijk on 05-25-2020 at 6:00 am

China Semiconductor SemiWiki

In this third article about China’s role in the global semiconductor industry I analyse the current state of affairs of the Chinese semiconductor industry in different segments. In the previous articles, I looked at the possible effects of a US-China decoupling in the semiconductor industry and the impact of the Big Read More


DFT Innovations Come from Customer Partnerships

DFT Innovations Come from Customer Partnerships
by Tom Simon on 05-05-2020 at 10:00 am

Mentro Tessent Innovation

There is an adage that says that quality is not something that can be slapped on at the end of the design or manufacturing process. Ensuring quality requires careful thought throughout development and production. Arguably this adage is more applicable to the topic of Design for Test (DFT) than almost any other area of IC development… Read More


Full Solution for eMRAM Coming in 2020

Full Solution for eMRAM Coming in 2020
by Tom Simon on 12-19-2019 at 6:00 am

Trimming for eMRAM in Tessent

It’s amazing to think that Apollo moon mission used computers that were based on magnetic core memories. Of course, CMOS memories superseded them rapidly. However, over the decades since, memory technologies have advanced significantly, in terms of density, power and new types of technologies, e.g NAND Flash. Ever since the… Read More


Intel vs AMD vs Google vs Amazon vs NUVIA

Intel vs AMD vs Google vs Amazon vs NUVIA
by Daniel Nenni on 11-29-2019 at 6:00 am

Arguably the cloud was the quickest road to riches for chip designers large and small. As an emerging company, if you wanted to raise money just put “Datacenter” in your pitch deck and you were assured millions. You would be competing with semiconductor’s version of David and Goliath (AMD and Intel) but that was a good thing, right?… Read More