DAC 2020 – Call for Contributions

DAC 2020 – Call for Contributions
by Daniel Payne on 10-28-2019 at 6:00 am

My first DAC was in 1987 so I’ve seen our industry expand greatly over the years, and I expect that #57DAC on July 19-23, 2020 in SFO to be another exciting event to attend for semiconductor professionals from around the globe. What makes DAC so compelling for me to visit are the people, exhibitors, panel discussions, technical… Read More


The SiFive Tech Symposiums are Heading To Portland and Seattle Next Week!

The SiFive Tech Symposiums are Heading To Portland and Seattle Next Week!
by Swamy Irrinki on 10-17-2019 at 2:00 pm

Image RemovedWe’re confirming seats in Portland and Seattle for the Pacific Northwest leg of our worldwide 2019 SiFive Tech Symposiums. We are pleased to have Mentor, A Siemens Business as our co-host, and Lauterbach, a leader in microprocessor development tools, as our partner in both cities. The Portland symposium will take… Read More


Response to IP’s Growing Impact On Yield And Reliability

Response to IP’s Growing Impact On Yield And Reliability
by Daniel Nenni on 10-14-2019 at 6:00 am

One of the reasons I founded SemiWiki nine years ago was the lack of EDA, IP and Foundry content in the media. The problem is that unless you work in the industry it is very difficult to write about it in competent technical detail. Most media outlets only know what vendors tell them which is how the semiconductor industry worked before… Read More


WEBINAR: The Brave New World of Customized Memory

WEBINAR: The Brave New World of Customized Memory
by Randy Smith on 08-08-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedThe need to design low power devices is not new. However, the criticality of lowering the power consumption of chip designs has never been as important as it is now. In 1989, I purchased one of the first consumer cell phones produced by Panasonic. The battery was the size of a brick, but only about a third of the thickness.… Read More


Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?

Silvaco Talks Atoms to Systems – Where to Next?
by Randy Smith on 07-17-2019 at 10:00 am

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At the ES Design West event in San Francisco last week Silvaco’s CTO and EVP of Products, Babak Taheri, gave a presentation titled, “Next Generation SoC Design: From Atoms to Systems”. The time slot for the talk was only 30-minutes which is simply not enough to discuss all the technology Silvaco is providing now. I had… Read More


Early IP Block Error Detection is Critical!

Early IP Block Error Detection is Critical!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-08-2019 at 10:00 am

Image RemovedThe rising complexity of modern SoC designs, as enabled by progressing manufacturing technology, leads to an increasing validation challenge as the only way to manage complexity increase is by re-using more pre-designed IP blocks. These IP-blocks are provided by various suppliers such as a foundry partner, internal… Read More


Custom SRAM IP @56thDAC

Custom SRAM IP @56thDAC
by Tom Dillinger on 06-14-2019 at 8:00 pm

The electronics industry strives to continuously introduce new product innovation and differentiation.  The ASIC market arose from the motivation to offer unique (cost-reduced) integration that was not realizable with commodity MSI/LSI parts.  The SoC market evolved to provide even greater differentiation, integrating… Read More


Avionics and Embedded FPGA IP

Avionics and Embedded FPGA IP
by Tom Dillinger on 10-15-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedThe design of electronic systems for aerospace applications shares many of the same constraints as apply to consumer products – e.g., cost (including NRE), power dissipation, size, time-to-market. Both market segments are driven to leverage the integration benefits of process scaling. … Read More


Semiconductor IP Reality Check

Semiconductor IP Reality Check
by Daniel Nenni on 09-19-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedA robust, proven library of IP is a critical enabler for the entire semiconductor ecosystem. Without it, ASIC design is pretty much impossible, given time-to-market pressures. Said another way, designing IP for your next chip simply doesn’t fit the schedule – most teams have barely enough time to integrate and validate… Read More


USB 3.x IP Revenue Have Grown by 31% in 2017 (IPnest)

USB 3.x IP Revenue Have Grown by 31% in 2017 (IPnest)
by Eric Esteve on 09-04-2018 at 12:00 pm

Despite the strong consolidation in the semiconductor industry, the Design IP market is going well, very well with YoY growth of 12%+ in 2017, according with the “Design IP Report” from IPnest. If we look at the Interface IP category (20% growth in 2017) and analyze the IP revenues by protocols, we can see that USB IP is amazingly healthy,… Read More