Where has the ASIC Business Gone?

Where has the ASIC Business Gone?
by Daniel Nenni on 11-25-2019 at 10:00 am

As the traditional ASIC business disappears before our eyes with the recent divestitures and acquisitions, I have been asking questions amongst the fabless semiconductor ecosystem and am getting few answers.

Who or what is going to step in to enable start-ups and new to silicon systems companies with application specific chips?Read More


U.S.-China trade war continues

U.S.-China trade war continues
by Bill Jewell on 11-22-2019 at 6:00 am

The trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to drag on. According to Reuters, U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened to raise tariffs further on Chinese imports if no deal is reached. Tariffs affecting most consumer electronics imports from China are scheduled to go into effect on December 15, according to… Read More


Is the ASIC Business Dead?

Is the ASIC Business Dead?
by Daniel Nenni on 11-11-2019 at 10:00 am

We covered the ASIC business in Chapter 2 of our book “Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry” using VLSI Technology and eSilicon as shining examples. Neither of which now exist. The ASIC business model was a critical steppingstone in the transformation of the semiconductor industry. Many systems companies… Read More


WEBINAR: Which ASIC Manufacturing Method is Right for You?

WEBINAR: Which ASIC Manufacturing Method is Right for You?
by Daniel Nenni on 11-11-2019 at 6:00 am

Minimizing ASIC production costs is the goal of every company. The problem is that this requires extensive knowledge. You must understand the technical intricacies and the financial implications of multiple activities like wafer production, packaging and QA activities such as electrical tests.

Generally, the more your company… Read More


Samsung 2019 Technology Day Recap!

Samsung 2019 Technology Day Recap!
by Daniel Nenni on 11-01-2019 at 6:00 am

Samsung is a complicated company with a VERY long history. We attempted to capture the Samsung Experience in chapter 8 of our book “Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors In Our Devices”. If you are a registered SemiWiki member you can download a free PDF copy in our Books section.

Here is the chapter 8 … 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: AI-Powered Automated Timing Arc Prediction for AMS IP’s

WEBINAR: AI-Powered Automated Timing Arc Prediction for AMS IP’s
by Daniel Nenni on 09-19-2019 at 6:00 am

A directed approach to reduce Risk and improve Quality

Safety and reliability are critical for most applications of integrated circuits (ICs) today. Even more so when they serve markets like ADAS, autonomous driving, healthcare and aeronautics where they are paramount. Safety and reliability transcend all levels of an integrated… Read More


WEBINAR: How ASIC/SoC Rapid Prototyping Solutions Can Help You!

WEBINAR: How ASIC/SoC Rapid Prototyping Solutions Can Help You!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-17-2019 at 10:00 am

Today’s off-the-shelf FPGA based prototyping systems have established their value in every stage of the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and system-on-chip (SoC) design flow. Moving beyond traditional applications such as in-circuit testing and early software development, this technology has expanded … Read More


Enabling Efficient Engineering Infrastructure: Streamline your development resources and increase engineering productivity

Enabling Efficient Engineering Infrastructure: Streamline your development resources and increase engineering productivity
by Daniel Nenni on 09-10-2019 at 10:00 am

With the ever increasing size of today’s SoC’s, engineering workspaces are growing exponentially. Designers spend hours waiting for workspaces to populate and verification environments to build. Methodic’s WarpStor virtualizes engineering data, allowing for near instantaneous access to all information needed to build… Read More


WEBINAR: Lightspeed Data Sync – Design Workspace Problems Solved!

WEBINAR: Lightspeed Data Sync – Design Workspace Problems Solved!
by Daniel Nenni on 09-02-2019 at 10:00 am

With every process node and every SOC design, engineering and IT teams are experiencing an unprecedented data explosion. User workspaces routinely exceed 10’s of GB and sometimes even 100’s of GB. Regression runs, characterization runs, design and debug of workspaces, building verification environments – all of these… Read More