Freemium Business Model Applied to Analog IC Layout Automation

Freemium Business Model Applied to Analog IC Layout Automation
by Daniel Payne on 04-28-2022 at 10:00 am

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Freemium is the two words “free” and “premium” combined together, and many of us have enjoyed using freemium apps on our phones, tablets and desktop devices over the years. The concept is quite simple, you find an app that is useful, and download the free version, mostly to see if it operates as advertised,… Read More


Webinar: A Practical Approach to FinFET Layout Automation That Really Works

Webinar: A Practical Approach to FinFET Layout Automation That Really Works
by Mike Gianfagna on 10-27-2021 at 10:00 am

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There are certain tasks that have been the holy grail of EDA for some time. A real silicon compiler – high level language as input and an optimal, correct layout as output is one. Fully automated analog design – objectives as input, optimal circuit as output is another. With the increased layout times, due to the ever-increasing design… Read More


VersionVault EDA Integration: A Differentiated Value Solution

VersionVault EDA Integration: A Differentiated Value Solution
by Kalar Rajendiran on 03-31-2021 at 10:00 am

Capabilities and Benefits from Integration

HCL Technologies is a large, well-established multi-national company with an annual revenue of around $10B and worldwide employee count of well over 150K. They provide valuable solutions to about 20 different industries and related market segments. Over the years, I have had first hand insights to their semiconductor design… Read More


VersionVault brings SCM/DM capabilities to EDA World – with Cadence Virtuoso Integration

VersionVault brings SCM/DM capabilities to EDA World – with Cadence Virtuoso Integration
by manish_virmani on 03-11-2021 at 10:00 am

VersionVault Cadence Integration

HCL VersionVault is a secure enterprise solution for version control and configuration management. With HCL VersionVault – Cadence Virtuoso Integration, VersionVault brings its enterprise configuration management capabilities to analog and mixed signal designers. This integration enables designers to take advantage… Read More


Need Electromagnetic Simulations for ICs?

Need Electromagnetic Simulations for ICs?
by Daniel Nenni on 02-11-2021 at 6:00 am

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Electromagnetic (EM) simulations have been performed on die metal structures since the 1990s. Originally, the analysis was restricted to a single device (e.g., a spiral inductor). The number of on-die devices simulated simultaneously grew with the increasing capabilities of the computers performing the computations. This… Read More


Webinar: Increase Layout Team Productivity with SkillCAD

Webinar: Increase Layout Team Productivity with SkillCAD
by Daniel Nenni on 12-18-2020 at 10:00 am

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The Cadence Virtuoso Design System has been one of the premier Integrated Circuit design systems for many years and is used by most major semiconductor companies.  While it is powerful and versatile, it is often not optimized for certain complex, repetitive and time-consuming layout design tasks.

The founder and president … Read More


Increase Your Layout Team’s Productivity with SkillCAD

Increase Your Layout Team’s Productivity with SkillCAD
by Daniel Nenni on 12-08-2020 at 10:00 am

Cadence Virtuoso is by far the most popular layout tool for IC design. This is especially true at advanced process nodes. One of the key reasons for this is its built-in extension language, SKILL. SKILL is a powerful tool to add time saving and customized functionality to the Virtuoso layout editor. For analog and custom design the
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SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite has Over 120 Commands Backed by 60 Customers

SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite has Over 120 Commands Backed by 60 Customers
by Tom Simon on 09-29-2020 at 10:00 am

SkillCAD Layout Automation Suite

Cadence Virtuoso is by far the most popular layout tool for IC design. This is especially true at advanced process nodes. In my opinion one of the key reasons for this is its built-in extension language, SKILL. SKILL is a powerful tool to add time saving and customized functionality to the Virtuoso layout editor. For analog and custom… Read More


CEO Interview: Pengwei Qian of SkillCAD

CEO Interview: Pengwei Qian of SkillCAD
by Daniel Nenni on 09-14-2020 at 6:00 am

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Pengwei Qian is the founder and CEO of SkillCAD, a grassroots EDA company that has amassed the most impressive customer list (60+ companies) I have experienced for a company of this size, absolutely.

Pengwei has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Masters in Material Science from Fudan University and a Masters in Electronic Engineering… Read More


WEBINAR REPLAY: ClioSoft Facilitates Design Reuse with Cadence® Virtuoso®

WEBINAR REPLAY: ClioSoft Facilitates Design Reuse with Cadence® Virtuoso®
by Daniel Nenni on 10-23-2019 at 10:00 am

In September, ClioSoft gave a SemiWiki webinar titled, Reusing Your IPs & PDKs Successfully With Cadence® Virtuoso®. I was happy to be the moderator of this webinar, having had the chance to work with ClioSoft’s team over many years. The webinar was informative while also being very time efficient. I think it is important for… Read More