ML and Memories: A Complex Relationship

ML and Memories: A Complex Relationship
by Bernard Murphy on 04-18-2019 at 7:00 am

No, I’m not going to talk about in-memory-compute architectures. There’s interesting work being done there but here I’m going to talk here about mainstream architectures for memory support in Machine Learning (ML) designs. These are still based on conventional memory components/IP such as cache, register files, SRAM and various… Read More


Open-Silicon SiFive and Customizable Configurable IP Subsystems

Open-Silicon SiFive and Customizable Configurable IP Subsystems
by Daniel Nenni on 02-01-2019 at 12:00 pm

After 8 SemiWiki years, 4,386 published blogs, and more than 25 million blog views, I can tell you that IP is the most read semiconductor topic, absolutely, and that trend continues. Another correlating trend (from IP Nest) is the semiconductor IP revenue increase in relation to the semiconductor market (minus memory) which more… Read More


RISC-V End to End Solutions for HPC and Networking

RISC-V End to End Solutions for HPC and Networking
by Daniel Nenni on 11-30-2018 at 12:00 pm

Semiconductor IP is one of the more exciting and most viewed topics we cover on SemiWiki, it has been that way since we began in 2011 and that trend will continue indefinitely, my opinion.

Semiconductor IP: Total Blogs: 640: Total Views: 3253751: Average: 5084

Based on the design starts we track, Cloud Computing is a leading semiconductor… Read More


Custom SoC Platform Solutions for AI Applications at the TSMC OIP

Custom SoC Platform Solutions for AI Applications at the TSMC OIP
by Daniel Nenni on 09-27-2018 at 12:00 pm

The TSMC OIP event is next week and again it is packed with a wide range of technical presentations from TSMC, top semiconductor, EDA, and IP companies, plus long time TSMC partner and ASIC provider Open-Silicon, a SiFive Company. You can see the full agenda HERE.

AI is revolutionizing and transforming virtually every industry… Read More


Welcome DDR5 and Thanks to Cadence IP and Test Chip

Welcome DDR5 and Thanks to Cadence IP and Test Chip
by Eric Esteve on 05-25-2018 at 7:00 am

Will we see DDR5 memory (device) and memory controller (IP) in the near future? According with Cadence who has released the first test chip in the industry integrating DDR5 memory controller IP, fabricated in TSMC’s 7nm process and achieving a 4400 megatransfers per second (MT/sec) data rate, the answer is clearly YES !

Let’s come… Read More


What does a Deep Learning Chip look like

What does a Deep Learning Chip look like
by Daniel Nenni on 02-16-2018 at 12:00 pm

There’s been a lot of discussion of late about deep learning technology and its impact on many markets and products. A lot of the technology under discussion is basically hardware implementations of neural networks, a concept that’s been around for a while.

What’s new is the compute power that advanced semiconductor technology… Read More


High Performance Ecosystem for 14nm-FinFET ASICs with 2.5D Integrated HBM2 Memory

High Performance Ecosystem for 14nm-FinFET ASICs with 2.5D Integrated HBM2 Memory
by Mitch Heins on 02-07-2018 at 10:00 am


High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) systems have been successfully used for some time now in the network switching and high-performance computing (HPC) spaces. Now, adding fuel to the HBM fire, there is another market that shares similar system requirements as HPC and that is Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially AI systems doing… Read More


FinFET ASICs for Networking, Data Center, AI and 5G

FinFET ASICs for Networking, Data Center, AI and 5G
by Daniel Nenni on 01-08-2018 at 12:00 pm

On the heels of successful seminars in Tokyo and Shanghai, eSilicon is starting the new year back in the cloud with a webinar version of the live events for those, like myself, who could not attend. The webinar will compress the 3 hour live event into 60 minutes which will provide a great place to start a conversation on your next chip… Read More


Advanced ASICs – It Takes an Ecosystem

Advanced ASICs – It Takes an Ecosystem
by Mike Gianfagna on 11-26-2017 at 2:00 pm

I remember the days of the IDM (integrated device manufacturer). For me, it was RCA, where I worked for 15 years as the company changed from RCA to GE and then ultimately to Harris Semiconductor. It’s a bit of a cliché, but life was simpler then, from a customer point of view at least. RCA did it all. We designed all the IP, did the physical… Read More


Navigating the System-in-a-Package Manufacturing Ecosystem

Navigating the System-in-a-Package Manufacturing Ecosystem
by Mitch Heins on 10-26-2017 at 12:00 pm

Being an old ASIC physical design guy, I tend to think of ASICs from a “bond-pads-in” perspective. This week however, I had a very eye-opening discussion with Dan Leung, Director of Packaging and Assembly for Open-Silicon, that totally changed my perspective. While I had been exposed many times to the concept of systems-in-a-package… Read More