A Comprehensive Power Analysis Solution for SoC+Package

A Comprehensive Power Analysis Solution for SoC+Package
by Pawan Fangaria on 09-08-2014 at 4:00 pm

Since power has become a critical factor in semiconductor chip design, the stress is towards decreasing supply voltage to reduce power consumption. However, the threshold voltage to switch devices cannot go down beyond a certain limit and these results in an extremely narrow margin for noise between the two. And that gets further… Read More


Know All About ESD and Save Your Chips & Systems

Know All About ESD and Save Your Chips & Systems
by Pawan Fangaria on 08-24-2014 at 7:30 pm

In this age of electronics, especially with so many different types of human held devices and more upcoming wearable devices, it’s utmost important to protect the massive circuitry inside those tiny parts in the devices from ESD related failures. The protection needs to happen at all stages – cells inside the chips, package… Read More


Electronic Thermal Management through Icepak

Electronic Thermal Management through Icepak
by Pawan Fangaria on 08-03-2014 at 8:30 pm

Last week my daughter was playing some games on my Google Nexus smartphone for a while when one of my friends called. When I picked up the phone, I couldn’t imagine it was so hot. There is no doubt; every electronic device today emits an order of magnitude higher heat than what it used to at most a decade ago. There is so much emphasis on … Read More


Paving the Path for Robust Electronic System Design

Paving the Path for Robust Electronic System Design
by Pawan Fangaria on 07-13-2014 at 7:30 pm

In today’s era of low power and high performance components, preferably on a single chip provides impetus to much larger electronic systems packaged into much smaller cases; smartphones are the immediate examples which encapsulate multiple functions other than the intended ones, viz. phone and data communication. As an example,… Read More


Cadence Sigrity, Together At Last

Cadence Sigrity, Together At Last
by Paul McLellan on 02-10-2013 at 9:00 pm

In July Cadence acquired Sigrity, one of the leaders in PCB and IC packaging analysis. Until a decade ago, signal integrity and power analysis was something that only IC designers needed to worry about. For all except the highest performance boards, relatively simple tools were sufficient. Provided you hooked up the pins on all… Read More


Chip-Package-System Webinar

Chip-Package-System Webinar
by Paul McLellan on 09-14-2012 at 2:47 pm

Aveek Sarkar presented a webinar on chip-package-system (CPS) earlier this summer. One of the big challenges with low-power electronic systems is that the performance, power and price goals are mutually conflicting. It’s like the old joke about “pick any 2”. But for a real system all need to be optimized. … Read More


Power, Signal, Thermal and EMI signoff

Power, Signal, Thermal and EMI signoff
by Paul McLellan on 08-28-2012 at 1:55 pm

Increasingly the challenge with SoCs, especially for mobile, is not getting the performance high enough but doing so in a power-efficient manner. Handheld devices running multiple apps need high-speed processors that consume extremely low levels of power both in operating and standby modes. In the server farm, the limit is … Read More


Chip-Package-System Webinar

Chip-Package-System Webinar
by Paul McLellan on 08-05-2011 at 5:14 pm

The webinar on CPS (chip-package-system) is on Tuesday 9th August at 11am Pacific time. It will be conducted by Christopher Ortiz, Principal Application Engineer at Apache Design Solutions. Dr. Ortiz has been with Apache since 2007, supporting the Sentinel product line. Prior to Apache he worked at Agere / LSI, where he investigated… Read More