TSMC 2011 Technology Symposium Theme Explained

TSMC 2011 Technology Symposium Theme Explained
by Daniel Nenni on 03-09-2011 at 6:49 pm

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The 17[SUP]th[/SUP] Annual TSMC Technology Symposium will be held in San Jose California on April 5[SUP]th[/SUP], 2011. Dr. Morris Chang will again be the keynote speaker. The theme this year is “Trusted Technology and Capacity Provider”and I think it’s important to not only hear what people are saying but also … Read More


Synopsys at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference

Synopsys at Goldman Sachs Technology Conference
by Paul McLellan on 02-21-2011 at 7:00 pm

Aart de Geus was interviewed at the Goldman Sachs Technology Conference last week. Here is some of what he said. Strong Q1, good Q2 outlook, on-track for 2011 guidance. Strong rebound in Far East, Europe mixed, North America good. 80% revenue for year booked by start of year, 90% revenue for a quarter already booked at start of quarter.… Read More


Mentor Graphics Should Be Acquired or Sold: Carl Icahn COUNTERPOINT

Mentor Graphics Should Be Acquired or Sold: Carl Icahn COUNTERPOINT
by Daniel Nenni on 02-20-2011 at 7:04 pm

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Daniel,

On Jan 20th, you criticized that the EDA models are all broken and need to change. Ridiculing Synpsys, Cadence, Mentor and Magma for not agreeing to ‘pay for success’ type of model (some form of royalties).

On Feb 14th, you state thatIcahn doesn’t understand EDA and should stay out. Maybe… Read More


Mentor Graphics to Participate in SemiWiki.com Social Media Platform

Mentor Graphics to Participate in SemiWiki.com Social Media Platform
by admin on 02-17-2011 at 8:16 am

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San Jose, Calif., [DATE], 2011 – SemiWiki.com today announced that Mentor Graphics, a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, will participate in the SemiWiki.com global social media platform aimed at facilitating mass communication for electronic design professionals through … Read More


EDA and Wall Street

EDA and Wall Street
by Paul McLellan on 02-11-2011 at 1:25 pm

Image RemovedGood news in a way: Merrill Lynch (or Bank of America Merrill Lynch as I suppose we have to get used to calling them) have re-started coverage of EDA with a 20 page report on the industry, much of which is spent on explaining how the industry segments out and who is strong in which segments, stuff that most people reading … Read More


DRC+, DFM, CMP, Variablility

DRC+, DFM, CMP, Variablility
by Daniel Payne on 02-10-2011 at 12:42 pm

When I worked at Intel as a circuit design engineer I could talk directly with the technology development engineers to understand how to really push my DRAM designs and get the smallest possible memory cell layout that would still yield well, provide fast access time, and long refresh cycles.

(United States Patent 6661699. Inventor:… Read More


Keynote Address at the 16th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference

Keynote Address at the 16th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference
by Daniel Nenni on 02-06-2011 at 6:23 pm

"Managing increasing complexity through higher-level of abstraction: What the past has taught us about the future" Dr. Ajoy Bose, Atrenta CEO

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Here is the abstract:
Time to market and design complexity challenges are well-known; we have all seen the statistics and predictions. A well-defined strategyRead More


iPDK is the way to go for AMS designs

iPDK is the way to go for AMS designs
by Daniel Payne on 01-19-2011 at 3:47 pm

I just read the press release from TowerJazz and Tanner EDA about how an AMS designer can use schematic symbols and layout generators in Tanner EDA tools for the TowerJazz 0.18um node. This is made possible because of the growing iPDK (Interoperable Process Design Kits) movement.
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In the old days each … Read More


EDA Mergers and Acquisition

EDA Mergers and Acquisition
by Daniel Payne on 01-17-2011 at 3:15 pm

Image RemovedI met Ian Getreu in Oregon at a monthly EDA networking luncheon several years ago and have kept in touch with him. Ian co-founded Analogy which was later acquired by Avant! (now Synopsys). One thing that Ian noticed over the years was that smaller EDA companies were constantly getting acquired by the bigger and publicly… Read More


CES GlobalFoundries Party ( pics )

CES GlobalFoundries Party ( pics )
by Daniel Nenni on 01-11-2011 at 1:13 am

Image Removed Unlike the last CES, this year I saw compelling technology, technology that will definitely drive the semiconductor industry and make the analyst fortunetellers look bad yet again. Anyone who thinks semiconductor growth next year will be in single digits is absolutely wrong, TSMC will grow even more, 20%+. First… Read More