Circuit Design: Anticipate, Analyze, Exploit Variations – Statistical Methods and Optimization

Circuit Design: Anticipate, Analyze, Exploit Variations – Statistical Methods and Optimization
by Daniel Nenni on 05-10-2017 at 12:00 pm

We are happy to publish book reviews, like this one from Dr. Georges Gielen of the KU Leuven in Belgium, for the greater good of the semiconductor ecosystem. So, if you have a semiconductor book you would like to review for fame not fortune let me know.… Read More


SNUG 2017 Keynote: Aart de Geus on EDA Fusion!

SNUG 2017 Keynote: Aart de Geus on EDA Fusion!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-30-2017 at 7:00 am

I spoke with Aart before his SNUG keynote and found him to be very relaxed and upbeat about EDA and our future prospects which reminded me of my first ever (cringe-worthy) blog, “EDA is Dead”. Now, eight years later, we have what Aart calls “EDA Fusion” to thank for the reemergence of EDA as a semiconductor superpower, absolutely.… Read More


eFabless Design Challenge Results!

eFabless Design Challenge Results!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-28-2017 at 7:00 am

Will community engineering work for semiconductors? Will anyone show up? Well, the efabless design challenge is complete and the results are both interesting and encouraging, absolutely!

Efabless completed its low power voltage reference IP design challenge on Monday, March 13. This was a very interesting event that we followed… Read More


Samsung Should Just Buy eSilicon Already!

Samsung Should Just Buy eSilicon Already!
by Daniel Nenni on 03-22-2017 at 12:00 pm

As you all know I’m a big fan of the ASIC business dating back to the start of the fabless semiconductor transformation where anybody could send a design spec to an ASIC company and get a chip back. The ASIC business model also started the smart phone revolution when Samsung built the first Apple SoCs for the iPhones and iPads.

Today … Read More


CTO Interview: Jeff Galloway of Silicon Creations

CTO Interview: Jeff Galloway of Silicon Creations
by Daniel Nenni on 02-27-2017 at 7:00 am

It is clear that IP companies play an important role in modern semiconductor design, in fact, I would say that they are imperative. Founded in 2006, Silicon Creations is one of those imperative IP companies that provide silicon proven IP to customers big and small around the world. To follow-up on our conversation with Silicon Creations… Read More


eSilicon Revolutionizes Semiconductor IP Selection and Purchasing!

eSilicon Revolutionizes Semiconductor IP Selection and Purchasing!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-21-2016 at 10:00 am

Design starts are the lifeblood of the semiconductor industry which is why we have been following the eSilicon STAR Platform since its introduction with great anticipation. The STAR platform was first launched about three years ago. Today, there are over 1,300 registered STAR users in 52 countries around the world.

The ASIC business… Read More


Custom layout productivity requires unrelenting EDA vendor focus

Custom layout productivity requires unrelenting EDA vendor focus
by Tom Dillinger on 08-05-2016 at 12:00 pm

The EDA tools industry relies upon ongoing productivity enhancements to existing products, to manage increasing SoC complexity and to address shrinking design schedules. The source of ideas for enhancements can come from a variety of sources – e.g., customer feedback, collaboration with the foundries, and features found … Read More


efabless: Think GitHub for ICs and IP

efabless: Think GitHub for ICs and IP
by Daniel Nenni on 08-02-2016 at 4:00 pm

For those of you who don’t know, GitHub is the crowdsourcing version of the defacto industry standard GIT source code management software. Currently, more than 14 million people have deposited more than 35 million software projects (mostly open-source) on GitHub making it the largest host of source code in the world.

Now think… Read More


Stressed out about Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) or Electrical Overstress (EOS)?

Stressed out about Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) or Electrical Overstress (EOS)?
by bkeppens on 07-28-2016 at 12:00 pm

Do not lose sleep worrying that your integrated circuits might fail during EOS/ESD events. Join us for the 38th annual EOS/ESD Symposium in Anaheim, CA in September. Experts on the field will address the latest research on EOS and ESD in the rapidly changing world of electronics.

As electronics continue to become commonplace in… Read More


Coming Up Next: ARM IoT ASICs!

Coming Up Next: ARM IoT ASICs!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-25-2016 at 12:00 pm

The History of ASICs is well documented in our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” which illustrates the earliest forms of design start driven collaboration. The history of ARM is well documented in our book “Mobile Unleashed” which illustrates an entire company culture based on design start driven… Read More