Webinar on Transient Simulation of Power Transistors in Converter Circuits

Webinar on Transient Simulation of Power Transistors in Converter Circuits
by Tom Simon on 04-13-2020 at 6:00 am

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Magwel is offering a webinar that takes a deeper look at how Power Transistors can be more accurately simulated in converter circuits to provide extremely accurate information about switching efficiency. DC converter circuit efficiency has a big effect on the battery life of mobile devices and can affect performance and efficiency… Read More


Webinar on Concurrent Electro-Thermal Analysis for PowerMOS Devices to Improve Performance and Reliability

Webinar on Concurrent Electro-Thermal Analysis for PowerMOS Devices to Improve Performance and Reliability
by Tom Simon on 02-20-2020 at 10:00 am

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PowerMOS devices play a major role in a variety of power converter and control circuits. Some examples of their applications include PMICs, or boost and buck converters. Often these are used in mobile and IoT devices to convert battery voltages to circuit operating voltages.

Due to their size and internal complexity PowerMOS … Read More


WEBINAR: Analyzing PowerMOS Devices to Reduce Power Loss and Improve Reliability

WEBINAR: Analyzing PowerMOS Devices to Reduce Power Loss and Improve Reliability
by Daniel Nenni on 12-06-2019 at 6:00 am

The symbol for a PowerMOS device in a converter circuit schematic looks simple enough. However, it belies a great deal of hidden complexity. A single device is actually a huge array of parallel intrinsic devices connected together to act as a single high power device. While their gate lengths are small, as with many other MOS devices,… Read More


SemiWiki Webinar Series: Who Wants to do a Webinar?

SemiWiki Webinar Series: Who Wants to do a Webinar?
by Daniel Nenni on 07-26-2019 at 10:00 am

Webinars have been a popular form of communication since even before SemiWiki existed and they are a mainstay in today’s fast-moving semiconductor ecosystem.

In the past, SemiWiki has assisted with more than a hundred webinars. Today SemiWiki can do a complete webinar from start to finish using the GotoWebinar software. SemiWiki… Read More


The Flash and the Taiwan ESD Seminar!

The Flash and the Taiwan ESD Seminar!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-24-2019 at 6:00 am

During my trip through Asia last week I attended the Taiwan ESD Workshop. Hsinchu is densely populated with some of the smartest semiconductor people in the world so it is well worth the trip, absolutely.  As it turns out ESD is one of the top concerns in semiconductor design and manufacture. The current rule based and simulation … Read More


HBM or CDM ESD Verification – You Need Both

HBM or CDM ESD Verification – You Need Both
by Tom Simon on 07-11-2019 at 11:00 am

In the realm of ESD protection, Charged Device Model (CDM) is becoming the biggest challenge. Of course, Human Body Model (HBM) is still essential, and needs to be used when verifying chips. However, a number of factors are raising the potential losses that CDM events can cause relative to HBM. These factors fall into two categories:… Read More


Coupled Electro-thermal Analysis Essential for PowerMOS Design

Coupled Electro-thermal Analysis Essential for PowerMOS Design
by Tom Simon on 11-08-2018 at 12:00 pm

Power device designers know that when they see a deceptively simple pair of PowerMOS device symbols in the output stage of a power converter circuit schematic, they are actually looking at a massively complex network of silicon and metal interconnect. The corresponding physical devices can have a total device W on the order of … Read More


Verifying ESD Fixes Faster with Incremental Analysis

Verifying ESD Fixes Faster with Incremental Analysis
by Tom Simon on 08-23-2018 at 12:00 pm

The author of this article, Dündar Dumlugöl, is CEO of Magwel. He has 25 years of experience in EDA managing the development of leading products used for circuit simulation and high-level system design.

Every designer knows how tedious it can be to shuttle back and forth between their layout tool and analysis tools. Every time an… Read More


Snapback behavior determines ESD protection effectiveness

Snapback behavior determines ESD protection effectiveness
by Tom Simon on 12-14-2017 at 12:00 pm

Terms like avalanche breakdown and impact ionization sound like they come from the world of science fiction. They do indeed come from a high stakes world, but one that plays out over and over again here and now, on a microscopic scale in semiconductor devices – namely as part of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. Semiconductor… Read More


SRAM Optimization Saves Power on SOC’s and in Systems

SRAM Optimization Saves Power on SOC’s and in Systems
by Tom Simon on 03-21-2017 at 12:00 pm

Mobile device designers face the dilemma of reducing power and at the same time maintaining or increasing performance. Consumers will not tolerate increased battery life at the expense of performance. If it were otherwise, designers could simply dial back clock rates. Without this simple cure, the best way to reduce power for… Read More