Webinar – Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry 2019 Update!

Webinar – Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry 2019 Update!
by Daniel Nenni on 08-10-2019 at 6:00 am

As more than 343 people (and counting) know, we will be releasing the 2019 updated PDF version of our first book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” via handout at a live webinar. The response has been overwhelming and I want to personally thank you. The webinar will be a brief overview of the book with a question… Read More


400G Ethernet test chip tapes-out at 7nm from eSilicon

400G Ethernet test chip tapes-out at 7nm from eSilicon
by Tom Simon on 05-24-2019 at 10:00 am

Since the beginning of May eSilicon has announced the tape-out of three TSMC 7nm test chips. The first of these, a 7nm 400G Ethernet Gearbox/Retimer design, caught my eye and I followed up with Hugh Durdan, their vice president of strategy and products, to learn more about it. Rather than just respin their 56G SerDes, they decided… Read More


eSilicon ASICs all in the Google Cloud

eSilicon ASICs all in the Google Cloud
by Daniel Nenni on 05-08-2019 at 12:00 pm

Having just completed a cloud evaluation for SemiWiki I can tell you why eSilicon chose Google. Simply put, they are working harder to get cloud business. Google ($4B) is the number five cloud provider behind Microsoft ($21.2B), Amazon ($20.4B), IBM ($10.3B) and Oracle ($6.08B). There is a lot of money in the cloud and a lot more … Read More


Customizing and Standardizing IP with eSilicon at the Linley Conference

Customizing and Standardizing IP with eSilicon at the Linley Conference
by Camille Kokozaki on 04-22-2019 at 12:00 pm

During the SoC Design Session at the just concluded Linley Spring Processor Conference in Santa Clara, Carlos Macian, Senior Director AI Strategy and Products at eSilicon, held a talk entitled ‘Opposites Attract: Customizing and Standardizing IP Platforms for ASIC Differentiation’.

Standardization is key to IP in modern … Read More


eSilicon Expands Expertise in 7nm

eSilicon Expands Expertise in 7nm
by Tom Simon on 02-26-2019 at 12:00 pm

At SemiWiki we usually don’t write about the press releases we are sent. However, a recent press release by eSilicon caught my eye and prompted me to call Mike Gianfagna, eSilicon Vice President of Marketing. The press release is not just about one thing, rather it focuses on a number of interesting things that together show their… Read More


Getting to 56G Takes The Right Stuff

Getting to 56G Takes The Right Stuff
by Tom Simon on 02-04-2019 at 12:00 pm

During the 1940s when aerospace engineers were attempting to break the sound barrier for the first time, they were confronting a slew of new technical issues that had never been dealt with before, and in some cases never seen before. In subsonic flight airflow was predictable and well understood. In crossing the sound barrier, … Read More


56G and 112G SerDes Where the rubber meets the road

56G and 112G SerDes Where the rubber meets the road
by Tom Simon on 12-11-2018 at 12:00 pm

No matter how high the processing capability of a chip, its overall performance is limited by IO speed. This is very similar to a car with low performance tires, a powerful engine will not be able to transfer its energy to the ground effectively. There is quite literally a race going on between core processing and IO speeds for transferring… Read More


Playing the Long Game with 56G SerDes

Playing the Long Game with 56G SerDes
by Daniel Nenni on 11-02-2018 at 12:00 pm

IP has always been a hot topic on SemiWiki with quite a bit of our readers doing the “make versus buy” analysis. SerDes is one of the more difficult “makes” so it is mostly a “buy” analysis made by networking class ASIC architects and a handful of other applications that demand high performance and throughput. Based on the recent traffic… Read More


The Ever-Changing ASIC Business

The Ever-Changing ASIC Business
by Daniel Nenni on 09-04-2018 at 7:00 am

The cell-based ASIC business that we know today was born in the early 1980s and was pioneered by companies like LSI Logic and VLSI Technology. Some of this history is covered in Chapter 2 of our book, “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry”. The ASIC business truly changed the world. Prior to this revolution,… Read More


Measuring Up 7nm IP

Measuring Up 7nm IP
by Daniel Nenni on 08-17-2018 at 12:00 pm

The Linley Group is an industry-leading source for independent technology analysis of semiconductors for networking, communications, mobile, and data-center applications. Their Microprocessor Report is widely read as a source of un-biased, no-nonsense analysis of technologies and trends. So, when they dig into something… Read More