Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification

Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification
by Daniel Nenni on 08-25-2017 at 7:00 am

This week, we are continuing our discussion of various topics that Semitracks addresses in their training activities. One area that they focus on quite a bit is Semiconductor Reliability and Product Qualification.

One of the key activities that a Product Engineer will coordinate is the qualification of new products before they… Read More


How HBM Will Change SOC Design

How HBM Will Change SOC Design
by Tom Simon on 03-19-2016 at 7:00 am

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) promises to do for electronic product design what high-rise buildings did for cities. Up until now, electronic circuits have suffered from the equivalent of suburban sprawl. HBM is a radical transformation of memory architecture that will have huge ripple effects on how SOC based electronics are … Read More


DDR4 is a complex interface to verify — assistance needed!

DDR4 is a complex interface to verify — assistance needed!
by Tom Dillinger on 02-16-2016 at 7:00 am

The design of parallel interfaces is supposed to be (comparatively) easy — e.g., follow a few printed circuit board routing guidelines; pay attention to data/clock/strobe signal lengths and shielding; ensure good current return paths (avoid discontinuities); match the terminating resistances to the PCB trace impedance;… Read More


Advances in DDR IP Solution for High-Performance SoCs

Advances in DDR IP Solution for High-Performance SoCs
by Pawan Fangaria on 12-02-2015 at 7:00 am

In this era of high-performance, low-power, and low-cost devices coming up at an unprecedented scale, the SoCs can never attain the ultimate in performance; always there is scope for improvement. Several methods including innovative technology, multi-processor architecture, memory, data traffic management for low latency,… Read More


Sigrity Focuses on LPDDR4 Compliance Analysis in 2015 Release

Sigrity Focuses on LPDDR4 Compliance Analysis in 2015 Release
by Tom Simon on 01-27-2015 at 10:00 am

It was back in July of 2012 that the acquisition of Sigrity by Cadence was announced. Although Cadence is a dominant player in both IC and board layout tools, they did not have an electromagnetic (EM) signal integrity solution in their portfolio. This acquisition marks a turning point for the EM/SI sector – tight integration… Read More


Prototyping Kits to Accelerate IP Development & Integration into SoCs

Prototyping Kits to Accelerate IP Development & Integration into SoCs
by Pawan Fangaria on 01-04-2015 at 10:00 am

With growing SoC size, complexity, software and hardware content in it and shrinking time-to-market, the SoC design completion in time has become increasingly dependent on IP which need to be sourced (internally or externally), customized according to the design need and integrated together into the SoC. While IP providers… Read More


Predicting Component Temperature Early in Design

Predicting Component Temperature Early in Design
by Pawan Fangaria on 11-28-2014 at 7:00 am

In today’s electronics with multiple functions working together, heat generation is on the rise; sometimes it becomes intolerable. In fact components running at different temperatures can cause timing issues, and very high temperatures can lead to operational issues such as latch-up. An electronic system can contain chips,… Read More


Smart Strategies for Efficient Testing of 3D-ICs

Smart Strategies for Efficient Testing of 3D-ICs
by Pawan Fangaria on 02-12-2014 at 6:30 am

3D-IC has a stack of dies connected and packaged together, and therefore needs new testing strategies other than testing a single die. It’s given that a single defective die can render the whole of 3D-IC unusable, so each die in the stack must be completely and perfectly tested before its entry into that stack. Looking at it from a … Read More


Emerging Trend – Choose DRAM as per Your Design Need

Emerging Trend – Choose DRAM as per Your Design Need
by Pawan Fangaria on 09-11-2013 at 7:00 pm

Lately I was studying about new innovations in memory world such as ReRAM and Memristor. As DRAM (although it has become a commodity) has found its extensive use in mobile, PC, tablet and so on, that was an inclination too to know more about. While reviewing Cadence’s offering in memory subsystems, I came across this whitepaperwhich… Read More