PLDA Expands Data Interconnect IP Solutions with CXL and Gen-Z Protocol Support

PLDA Expands Data Interconnect IP Solutions with CXL and Gen-Z Protocol Support
by Mike Gianfagna on 05-28-2020 at 10:00 am

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A couple of months ago I introduced PLDA, a new member of the SemiWiki community, with a post about PLDA’s switch IP and its support for PCIe and NVMe solid state disks. Working in the area of high-performance data interconnects requires support for a growing list of standards, standards that continually evolve. The trick is to stay… Read More


Filling the ASIC Void – Part 2

Filling the ASIC Void – Part 2
by Mike Gianfagna on 04-03-2020 at 6:00 am

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I concluded my last post on the topic with an inventory of the key attributes needed to fill the ASIC void created by the relentless consolidation in semiconductors. There were five items, as follows:

  1. Design and manufacturing expertise in a market that requires custom chips
  2. Differentiating IP and the skills to integrate it into
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Filling the ASIC Void – Part 1

Filling the ASIC Void – Part 1
by Mike Gianfagna on 03-27-2020 at 6:00 am

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It started slowly at first.  Then it began picking up steam. I’m referring to consolidation in the semiconductor sector. I had a front-row seat for what consolidation did to the ASIC part of semiconductor and that is the topic of this discussion. I was the VP of marketing at eSilicon, the company that invented the fabless ASIC model.… Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec – The Future Of Embedded Monitoring Part 2

Talking Sense With Moortec – The Future Of Embedded Monitoring Part 2
by Stephen Crosher on 02-28-2020 at 10:00 am

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The rate of product development is facing very real challenges as the pace of silicon technology evolution begins to slow. Today, we are squeezing the most out of transistor physics, which is essentially derived from 60-year-old CMOS technology. To maintain the pace of Moore’s law, it is predicted that in 2030 we will need transistors… Read More


SiFive is Teaming with Many of the Most Prestigious Universities in South America to Engage Academia in the RISC-V Ecosystem!

SiFive is Teaming with Many of the Most Prestigious Universities in South America to Engage Academia in the RISC-V Ecosystem!
by Swamy Irrinki on 11-14-2019 at 2:00 pm

We’re confirming seats in São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Bucaramanga for the South American leg of our worldwide 2019 SiFive Tech Symposiums and Workshops. These five events will be focused heavily on academia, which is a key focus for SiFive. In fact, we are co-hosting these events with many of the most prestigious… Read More


DAC 2020 – Call for Contributions

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

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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

We’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 place Tuesday,… 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

The 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. If the battery… 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

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 not looked closely… Read More