Chiplet-based System-on-Chips (SoCs) are becoming increasingly popular in the semiconductor industry due to their potential to improve design efficiency, increase performance, and reduce costs. While chiplets are seen as a way to reduce the cost of innovation, they introduce a lot of challenges too. Packaging, interconnect… Read More
During the recent COVID pandemic it was common to read about automobile companies unable to deliver new vehicles, caused by the shortage of specific automotive chips. Even bad weather has shut down the supply of semiconductor parts to certain customers. This disruption of the IC supply chain has caused many companies that buy … Read More
Everyone knows IP is an important asset for the enterprise. You spend a lot of money on IP licenses. You try to keep track of who bought what as buying the same thing twice is painful. You wonder if you have the latest version of an IP, especially if it’s part of mission-critical functionality. If you’re a good corporate citizen, you … Read More
Chip designers are familiar with the additional physical design checking requirements that were incorporated into flows at advanced process nodes. With the introduction of optical correction and inverse lithography technology applied during mask data generation, and with the extension of a 193nm exposure source to finer… Read More
I hinted earlier that Consensia would introduce at DAC their comprehensive approach to IP management across the enterprise, which they call DelphIP (oracle of Delphi, applied to IP). I talked with Dave Noble, VP BizDev at Consensia to understand where this fits in the design lifecycle.
IP management means a lot of different things.… Read More
Today, an SoC is seen in the context of an optimized assembly of IPs; it’s no more a single monolithic chip design. It’s very common to see an ARM processor IP along with an interconnect IP, a memory IP, and couple of buses and interfaces IP in an SoC. Although the SoC seems to be an integrated collection of IPs, it can be very complex and… Read More
I am doing some consulting right now for a company that shall remain nameless, and one of the things I have had to look at is Apple’s supply chain. I came across an interesting article by someone with the goal to “buy a MacBook Air that isn’t made by Apple.” He is in the UK and doesn’t like Apple’s… Read More