Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems

Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems
by Wally Rhines on 09-13-2019 at 6:00 am

Electronic design automation has evolved to an extent that the complex chips with tens of billions of transistors frequently produce first pass functional prototypes from the manufacturer.  What makes this so incredible is that such a small portion of the possible states of electronic operation are actually tested in the simulation… Read More


Delivering Innovation for Regulated Markets

Delivering Innovation for Regulated Markets
by Daniel Nenni on 02-25-2019 at 7:00 am

When delivering devices to markets that require heavily audited compliance it is necessary to document and demonstrate development processes that follow the various standard(s) such as IEC65108, IATF16949, ISO26262.

For complex multi-disciplinary designs this can be difficult as they are often developed by multiple teams… Read More


Enabling a New Semiconductor Revolution!

Enabling a New Semiconductor Revolution!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-09-2017 at 7:00 am

According to semiconductor trade statistics, 2017 will be the strongest market since 2010 easily recording double digit gains causing the SOX Semiconductor Index to outpace NASDAQ and the other indexes. The question Wall Street people have now is: How much longer will semiconductors be an attractive investment? That question… Read More


LETI Day 2016 : Security in Lyon, Sensor at Semicon West on July 12th

LETI Day 2016 : Security in Lyon, Sensor at Semicon West on July 12th
by Eric Esteve on 07-03-2016 at 8:00 pm

It was the very first time I attended the LETI days, even if I know the research center for many years. LETI was created in the 60’s, as the subsidiary of the CEA (France agency in charge of Atomic Energy) in charge of Microelectronic. Now, for more than 50 years, 2000 research engineers are working to develop technologies, systems … Read More


How to Deal With Seven Design Closure Issues

How to Deal With Seven Design Closure Issues
by Tom Simon on 05-02-2016 at 12:00 pm

The challenge of tracking design progress is a shared problem for individual designers, team leaders, and project managers. At each level the ability to step back from just reviewing error log files and seeing the arc of the whole design as it moves forward is valuable. The difficulty of seeing the whole picture is exacerbated when… Read More


The Mechanical Reliability of IC Packages

The Mechanical Reliability of IC Packages
by Daniel Payne on 01-31-2016 at 12:00 pm

At Intel back in the late 1970’s we were designing DRAM chips and mounting them in ceramic and plastic packages, however there were problems when some of the die would crack inside of the package because of thermal mismatch issues with how the die was attached to the heat spreader inside the package. Back then we really didn’t… Read More


Semiconductors and Conflict Minerals

Semiconductors and Conflict Minerals
by Daniel Payne on 12-21-2015 at 12:00 pm

Our semiconductor industry uses many different materials and chemicals in the production of chips, boards and electronic systems. But what should we do if the minerals like tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold are coming from the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where armed bandits are forcing workers against… Read More


How Can Big Data and EDA Tools Help?

How Can Big Data and EDA Tools Help?
by Daniel Payne on 10-30-2015 at 12:00 pm

Big data is a headline phrase that I see appear almost weekly now in my newsfeed, so it’s probably time that I start paying more attention to the growing trend because it does impact how technology-driven, EDA tool flows are being used. From my last trip to DAC I recall only two companies that were really focused on system-level… Read More


Enterprise Design Management Comes of Age

Enterprise Design Management Comes of Age
by Tom Simon on 09-22-2015 at 12:00 pm

The motivations for having a data and process management system in place for semiconductor design have existed for a long time. I am reluctant to admit it, but I remember early efforts to do this back in the 80’s at Valid Logic. Cadence was also developing this capability in house through the early 90’s. Back then designs were much … Read More


Talking Directly to EDA R&D

Talking Directly to EDA R&D
by Daniel Payne on 08-02-2015 at 12:00 pm

Many EDA companies keep their R&D engineers focused on product development and bug fixing, shielding them from any and all direct contact with end-users, mostly for fear of what might be revealed if such direct dialog were allowed. Customer support people are allowed to talk directly with customers, then pass along enhancement… Read More