Next-Generation Formal Verification

Next-Generation Formal Verification
by Daniel Nenni on 12-14-2018 at 12:00 pm

As SoC and IP designs continue to increase in complexity while schedules accelerate, verification teams are looking for methodologies to improve design confidence more quickly. Formal verification techniques provide one route to improved design confidence, and the increase in papers and interest at industry conferences… Read More


A Fresh Idea in Differential Energy Analysis

A Fresh Idea in Differential Energy Analysis
by Bernard Murphy on 09-06-2018 at 7:00 am

When I posted earlier on Qualcomm presenting with ANSYS on differential energy analysis, I assumed this was just the usual story on RTL power estimation being more accurate for relative estimation between different implementations. I sold them short. This turned out to be a much more interesting methodology for optimizing total… Read More


Webinar: Differential Energy Analysis for Improved Performance/Watt in Mobile GPU

Webinar: Differential Energy Analysis for Improved Performance/Watt in Mobile GPU
by Bernard Murphy on 07-31-2018 at 7:00 am

May want to listen up; Qualcomm are going to be sharing how they do this. There is a constant battle in designing for low power; you don’t accurately know what the power consumption is going to be until you build it, but by the time you’ve built it, it’s too late to change the design. So you have to find methods to estimate power early on,… Read More


Maximize Bandwidth in your Massively Parallel AI SoCs?

Maximize Bandwidth in your Massively Parallel AI SoCs?
by Daniel Nenni on 07-20-2018 at 12:00 pm

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most talked about topics on the conference circuit this year and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. AI is also one of the trending topics on SemiWiki with organic search bringing us a wealth of new viewers. You may also have noticed that AI is a hot topic for webinars like the one I am writing… Read More


Apple and China to kill Intellectual Property?

Apple and China to kill Intellectual Property?
by Eric Esteve on 06-18-2018 at 12:00 pm

The recent (since 2016) news about Apple, China, FTC and other organizations positioning in respect with IP are concerning, as it seems indicating that Intellectual Property in general (Design IP and Technology IP) is at risk. Let’s consider several facts through different cases, involving ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies… Read More


Samsung is Starting 7nm Production with EUV in June

Samsung is Starting 7nm Production with EUV in June
by Scotten Jones on 04-16-2018 at 12:00 pm

There is a report in the Seoul Economic Daily that Samsung has completed development of their 7nm process using EUV and that production will begin in June. What is claimed in the report is:

  • The process is installed in the Hwaseong S3 Fab
  • Samsung has more than 10 EUV systems installed
  • Production starts in June with Qualcomm, Xilinx,
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Intel to buy Micron – Trump Blocks IC Equipment Sales to China – Broadcom Fighting for QCOM

Intel to buy Micron – Trump Blocks IC Equipment Sales to China – Broadcom Fighting for QCOM
by Robert Maire on 04-01-2018 at 12:00 pm

It has been reported over the holiday weekend that Intel is in talks with Micron over a proposed merger that would value Micron at $70 per share in a deal of a combination of stock and cash for Micron shareholders. It is said that the boards of both companies have already approved the deal.

Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich said, “We… Read More


Blackberry Reboot Nears Completion

Blackberry Reboot Nears Completion
by Roger C. Lanctot on 02-18-2018 at 12:00 pm

Jalopnik’s report that car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had experienced a failed software update that had thrown the infotainment systems in some MY 2017-18 vehicles into a never-ending cycle of rebooting was a reminder that cars are indeed becoming smartphones on wheels. Blackberry CEO John Chen has no doubtsRead More


Qualcomm Continues to Mislead its Own Stockholders

Qualcomm Continues to Mislead its Own Stockholders
by Daniel Nenni on 02-12-2018 at 7:00 am

The war of words continues between Broadcom and Qualcomm and the stock analysts still seem to be split on the merger. Please note that Broadcom is proposing to merge with Qualcomm instead of a tender offer which is what Qualcomm has proposed for the acquisition on NXP. Same result but two very different approaches. Another interesting… Read More