I knew that the acronym for TFT meant Thin Film Transistors, but I hadn’t heard that FPD stands for Flat Panel Detectors. It turns out the FPD are solid-state sensors used in x-ray applications, similar in operation to image sensors for digital photography and video. I’ll be attending and blogging about what I learn… Read More
Thermal Reliability and Power Integrity for IC Design
When I designed DRAM chips at Intel back in the 1970’s we didn’t really know what the die temperature would be before taping out silicon, instead we waited for packaged parts to come back and then did our thermal measurements. IC designers today don’t have that luxury of taping out their new SoC without having … Read More
Silvaco Swallows Invarian
Yesterday, Silvaco announced that it has acquired Invarian Inc. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Who is Invarian? They are a recognized leader in block-level to full-chip sign-off analysis for complex, high-performance ICs. Their unique methodology utilizes a parallel architecture and concurrent power-voltage-thermal… Read More
The Ugly Stepchild of Physical Verification – Thermal!
Thermal analysis has traditionally been given short shrift when compared to other more prominent issues facing chip designers. Invarian, to my eye at least, feels that the winds of change are in the air. Not that power or EM/IR issues will fade, that indeed is not the case and in fact quite the contrary, they are contributors to the… Read More