Attending DAC in Austin for Free

Attending DAC in Austin for Free
by Daniel Payne on 04-23-2017 at 7:00 am

I’ve been attending DAC since the late 1980’s and can tell you that it’s an annual highlight for me and anyone else interested in the EDA, IP and semiconductor industries. Where else can you see most of the big and little vendors of EDA software, semiconductor IP and foundries in one place? I recently blogged aboutRead More


Improvements in SRAM Yield Variation Analysis

Improvements in SRAM Yield Variation Analysis
by Tom Dillinger on 03-27-2016 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedThe design of an SRAM array requires focus on the key characteristics of readability, writeability, and read stability. As technology scaling has enabled the integration of large (cache) arrays on die, the sheer number of bitcells has necessitated a verification methodology that focuses on “statistical high-sigma… Read More


Test Driving Analog/Mixed Signal Design for the Internet of Things

Test Driving Analog/Mixed Signal Design for the Internet of Things
by Beth Martin on 08-25-2015 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedThe Internet of Things (IoT) is creating urgent demand for a new generation of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) designs, some of which also contain MEMs. To efficiently create the myriad of AMS devices at the edge of the IoT requires a design environment that is affordable and easy to use, but powerful enough to create the… Read More


Make Semiconductor IP Reuse Successful?

Make Semiconductor IP Reuse Successful?
by Daniel Nenni on 11-18-2014 at 3:00 pm

As I have mentioned before, Apple has changed the way we live on many different levels (iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, etc…) and the Apple Ax SoC series is no different. You have to ask yourself how is Apple able to churn out a new industry leading SoC EVERY year? I can assure you design reuse is a big part of that answer.

One of the companies… Read More


"How do I …?" Fast help for specific EDA software questions

"How do I …?" Fast help for specific EDA software questions
by Beth Martin on 10-15-2014 at 4:55 pm

Image RemovedIt’s a question that we ask all the time. How do I replace a door? How do I set up a printer? For most questions in today’s world, you can open a browser, type a question into your favorite search engine…and voilà, there you go! Ten seconds of typing, a few more sorting through the results, and you have an answer (or many answers!).… Read More


Silicon Does NOT Lie!

Silicon Does NOT Lie!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-06-2014 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedIn the 30+ years that I have worked in Silicon Valley I have seen many great products fail and even more mediocre products succeed, the difference being how the companies communicate to the outside world. In the semiconductor industry, presenting the value proposition of your company or product is under even more … Read More


The Apple Samsung TSMC Intel 14nm Mashup!

The Apple Samsung TSMC Intel 14nm Mashup!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-04-2014 at 1:00 pm

Image RemovedOne of the strengths of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem is competition since it keeps innovation high and prices low. One of the challenges of fostering competition is that you have to make good on a threat of using a competing product during a pricing negotiation. Well, in my opinion, for the next version of the… Read More


EDA Plus ARM Equals Big Views!

EDA Plus ARM Equals Big Views!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-07-2014 at 9:00 am

Image RemovedIn looking at the SemiWiki analytics, one of the top search terms that brings traffic to our site is ARM, just about anything ARM. In fact, that’s what the next SemiWiki book will be about. Yes, ARM is that interesting. While EDA is also one of our top search terms, EDA+ARM will get the most views, absolutely. And let’s … Read More


Do you check your circuit DC stability?

Do you check your circuit DC stability?
by Jean-Francois Debroux on 08-26-2014 at 8:00 pm

Most analog designers are aware of loops stability. In most cases, stability is understood as AC stability, the goal is ensuring enough phase (gain) margin so as to avoid the loop to enter oscillation. But prior to studying AC stability, DC stability should be questioned. What is that DC stability only few people think of?… Read More


Distributed RLCK Models for Transmission Lines in High Speed Applications

Distributed RLCK Models for Transmission Lines in High Speed Applications
by Tom Simon on 08-23-2014 at 10:00 am

Design engineers frequently struggle with transmission line design and modeling. We can define a length of interconnect that contains more than 1/100th of a wavelength as a transmission line. This seems to be the breakpoint where distributed effects to start to become significant. To improve circuit performance these long … Read More