Low Power Design – Art vs. Science

Low Power Design – Art vs. Science
by Daniel Nenni on 08-21-2019 at 10:00 am

I have heard many times before that low power and mixed-signal design is more Art than Science. I believe this is a misconception. Science is a field that builds upon previous experiences and discoveries. Art primarily seeks out creative differences, things we have not seen before that evoke emotion. The most successful designers… Read More


WEBINAR: Nanometer Library Characterization Challenges and Solutions

WEBINAR: Nanometer Library Characterization Challenges and Solutions
by Daniel Nenni on 03-14-2019 at 7:00 am

As you may know, Silvaco has done some very clever acquisitions to fuel their unprecedented growth over the last five years. We have a wiki that tracks EDA Mergers and Acquisitions, Silvaco included, and it is the most viewed wiki on SemiWiki.com with 102,005 views thus far.

Silvaco acquired Nangate in March of 2018. NanGate got … Read More


Machine Learning Accelerates Library Characterization by 50 Percent!

Machine Learning Accelerates Library Characterization by 50 Percent!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-06-2017 at 7:00 am

Standard cell, memory, and I/O library characterization is a necessary, but time-consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone process. With the added complexity of advanced and low power manufacturing processes, fast and accurate statistical and non-statistical characterization is challenging, creating the need … Read More


Is Number of Signoff Corners an Issue?

Is Number of Signoff Corners an Issue?
by Daniel Nenni on 09-22-2014 at 12:00 am

Semiconductor companies continue to use the traditional corner-based signoff approach that has been developed more than 40+ years ago and has since remained mainly unchanged as an industry paradigm. Initially it had 2 corners, namely Worst Case (WC) and Best Case (BC) with the maximum and minimum cell delay respectively. Note… Read More


NanGate Launches Aggressive DAC Campaign: 50 Library Characterization Licenses for USD 50K

NanGate Launches Aggressive DAC Campaign: 50 Library Characterization Licenses for USD 50K
by Daniel Nenni on 05-30-2013 at 12:00 pm

NanGate today announced a very aggressive “50-50 campaign”. Throughout June and July and in celebration of DAC 50th anniversary, NanGate will be offering 50 licenses of its Library Characterizer™ product for USD 50K for the first year. The offer applies to new customers as well as to existing customers that do not yet license the… Read More