Keeping Pace With 5nm Heartbeat

Keeping Pace With 5nm Heartbeat
by Alex Tan on 07-23-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedA Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) gives design a heartbeat. Despite its minute footprint, it has many purposes such as being part of the clock generation circuits, on-chip digital temperature sensor, process control monitoring in the scribe-line or as baseline circuitry to facilitate an effective measurement of the … Read More


TSMC Teamwork Translates to Technical Triumph

TSMC Teamwork Translates to Technical Triumph
by Tom Simon on 10-02-2017 at 12:00 pm

Most people think that designing successful high speed analog circuits requires a mixture of magic, skill and lots of hard work. While this might be true, in reality it also requires a large dose of collaboration among each of the members of the design, tool and fabrication panoply. This point was recently made abundantly clear … Read More


Understanding Sources of Clock Jitter Critical for SOC’s

Understanding Sources of Clock Jitter Critical for SOC’s
by Tom Simon on 05-29-2017 at 12:00 pm

Jitter issues in SOC’s reside at the crossroads of analog and digital design. Digital designers would prefer to live in a world of clocks that are free from jitter effects. At the same time, analog designers can build PLL’s that are precise and finely tuned. However, when a perfectly working PLL is inserted into an SOC, things can … Read More


Who knew designing PLL’s was so complicated?

Who knew designing PLL’s was so complicated?
by Tom Simon on 03-27-2017 at 12:00 pm

Well it comes as no surprise to those that use and design them, that PLL’s are a world unto themselves and very complicated indeed. With PLL’s we are talking about analog designs that rely on ring oscillators or LC tanks. They are needed on legacy nodes, like the ones that IoT chips are based on, and they are crucial for high speed advanced… Read More


CEO Interview: Randy Caplan of Silicon Creations

CEO Interview: Randy Caplan of Silicon Creations
by Daniel Nenni on 12-05-2016 at 7:00 am

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For the next installment in our series of semiconductor CEO interviews we meet with Randy Caplan from Silicon Creations. Randy has helped build the company from a small startup to one of the world’s leading providers of interface and clocking IP. Almost every new chip developed these days has a requirement for PLLs… 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


Full Spectrum Analog FastSPICE Useful for RF Designs on Bulk CMOS

Full Spectrum Analog FastSPICE Useful for RF Designs on Bulk CMOS
by Tom Simon on 03-19-2015 at 1:00 pm

It has been about a year since the acquisition of Berkeley Design Automation by Mentor Graphics. Berkeley was doing quite well in the somewhat crowded SPICE simulator market. In many respects they broke new ground for high speed and accurate SPICE simulators. Since the acquisition we know that former Berkeley executives are now… Read More


LSI’s Way of Faster & Reliable Electronic System Design

LSI’s Way of Faster & Reliable Electronic System Design
by Pawan Fangaria on 05-05-2014 at 9:30 am

LSI Corporationstarted in 1980s and I had several encounters with it during my jobs in 1990s; not to forget the LSI chips I used to see in desktops and other electronic systems, and I’m happy to see LSI continuing today with more vigour having leadership position in storage and networking space. It provides highly reliable, high … Read More


On-Chip Clock Generation beyond Phase Locked Loop

On-Chip Clock Generation beyond Phase Locked Loop
by Daniel Nenni on 03-07-2014 at 8:00 am

Inside a today’s typical VLSI system, there are millions of electrical signals. They make the system perform what it is designed to do. Among those, the most important one is the clock signal. From an operational perspective, clock is the timekeeper of the electrical world inside the chip/system. From a structural perspective,… Read More