When it Comes to Process Migration, “Standard Cells” are Anything But

When it Comes to Process Migration, “Standard Cells” are Anything But
by Tom Simon on 08-22-2018 at 12:00 pm

Standard cell library developers are faced with a daunting task when it is time to create a library for a new process node. Porting an existing library can be a big help, but even then, manual modifications to 800 or more cells is still required. Each of those cells has many geometric elements are that affected by new design rules. All… Read More


3 small-team design productivity challenges managed

3 small-team design productivity challenges managed
by Don Dingee on 09-21-2016 at 4:00 pm

“Data management tools? We use small teams doing small designs. Each project only has two or three designers. Everyone uses the same EDA tools. Why do we need another tool for collaboration?” Good question. If you enjoy frequent meetings and redoing work because someone didn’t understand the status of IP blocks, the answers may… Read More


What is Skipper?

What is Skipper?
by Paul McLellan on 04-01-2015 at 1:00 am

Image RemovedWhat is Skipper? Well, it seems it’s a penguin in the movie Madagascar. And one of Barbie’s sisters. Who knew? But for Semiwiki readers it’s an integrated chip finishing platform from ICScape. Skipper can read in full-chip layout extremely fast, examine it and manipulate it in various ways, and write… Read More


Inside tips on Tanner L-Edit toolbox

Inside tips on Tanner L-Edit toolbox
by Don Dingee on 02-02-2015 at 7:00 am

Advanced skill in auto repair, carpentry, plumbing, and similar trades often correlates to one factor. Knowing what you want to do is one thing – having the proper tool is another, and can make the difference. Many a job has extended from minutes to hours over the lack of the right tool at the right moment. Experienced mechanics and… Read More


Top 10 Reasons to Use Vivado Design Suite

Top 10 Reasons to Use Vivado Design Suite
by Paul McLellan on 03-23-2014 at 7:05 am

Image RemovedHere are the top 10 reasons to use the Xilinx Vivado Design Suite to design your All Programmable Devices:

Reason number 10: Accelerate verification by over 100XThe Vivado Design Suite System Edition lets you do design at the C, C++ or systemC level. But a side-benefit is that you can use these languages for verification… Read More


Real Time Concurrent Layout Editing – It’s Possible

Real Time Concurrent Layout Editing – It’s Possible
by Pawan Fangaria on 09-03-2013 at 2:00 pm

Layout editing is a complex task, traditionally done manually by designers, and the layout design productivity largely depends on the designer’s skills and expertise. However, a good tool with features for ease of design is a must. Layout productivity has been an area of focus and various features are constantly being added in… Read More


From Layout Sign-off to RTL Sign-off

From Layout Sign-off to RTL Sign-off
by Pawan Fangaria on 07-25-2013 at 5:00 am

This week, I had a nice opportunity meeting Charu Puri, Corporate Marketing and Sushil Gupta, V.P. & Managing Director at Atrenta, Noida. Well, I know Sushil since 1990s; in fact, he was my manager at one point of time during my job earlier than Cadence. He leads this large R&D development centre, consisting about 200 people… Read More


FinFET Design Challenges Exposed!

FinFET Design Challenges Exposed!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-07-2013 at 6:00 pm

Image RemovedThe first mention of FinFETs appeared on SemiWiki after the ISSCC conference in 2011. Dr. Jack Sun, TSMC Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer, spoke about the power crisis the semiconductor industry is facing and FinFETs was one of the promising technologies that could help us. Since then, we have… Read More


Laker Analog Prototyping

Laker Analog Prototyping
by Paul McLellan on 07-16-2012 at 6:18 pm

Over the years many attempts have been made to increase the level of automation in analog design. Most of these have not been especially successful. Probably part of the reason was inadequate technology but also there is an attitude that “real” analog designers design polygons on the bare silicon. I think two things… Read More


Laker Wobegon, where all the layout is above average

Laker Wobegon, where all the layout is above average
by Paul McLellan on 04-17-2012 at 4:00 am

Image RemovedTSMC’s technnology symposium seems to be the new time to make product announcements, with ARM and Atrenta yesterday and Springsoft today.

There is a new incarnation of Springsoft’s Laker layout family, Laker[SUP]3[/SUP] (pronounced three, not cubed). The original version ran on its own proprietary… Read More