#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions

#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions
by Eric Esteve on 06-14-2019 at 5:00 am

The good news is that the next five DAC events will take place in Moscone Center in San Francisco! If going to Las Vegas from the Bay area is an easy trip, coming from Europe to Las Vegas makes it a 24+hours journey… One obvious consequence was the poor attendance to the exhibition floor. But let’s be positive and notice that the number… Read More


Semiconductor IP Security Issues

Semiconductor IP Security Issues
by Daniel Payne on 05-26-2019 at 4:46 pm

Every morning I read the headlines from SemiWiki, CNN, LinkedIn and my Twitter feed, and it seems like every week that I read about another security breach that makes me wonder if anything online is secure. Companies try to harden their web sites, IT infrastructure and even their electronic products from being exploited or tampered… Read More


The IoT will meet 5G soon, but not with the old SIM cards

The IoT will meet 5G soon, but not with the old SIM cards
by Tom Simon on 05-16-2019 at 7:00 am

By now you have probably realized that 5G is a lot more than an incremental change from previous 3G and 4G cellular technology. For instance, 5G will be used to connect our phones in completely new ways, such as with microcells in urban areas using mm-wavelength signals. 5G will also include two low power protocols that are intended… Read More


Design IP in 2018: Synopsys and Cadence Increase Market Share…

Design IP in 2018: Synopsys and Cadence Increase Market Share…
by Eric Esteve on 05-07-2019 at 7:00 am

…but ARM, Imagination, MIPS or Ceva have declined and lose market share. Semiconductor design IP market is still doing good in 2018, with 6% growth year over year. It’s half the growth rate seen in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and the growth decline is imputable to bad results from ARM, the market leader, but also from Imagination (#4), MIPS… Read More


Complex Validation Requires Scalable Measures

Complex Validation Requires Scalable Measures
by Alex Tan on 05-01-2019 at 12:00 pm

The famous Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is the Latin words for “Faster, Higher, Stronger” to a considerable degree can be adapted to our electronics industry. Traditionally the fundamental metrics we used for measuring the quality of results (QoRs) are performance, power, and area (PPA). Amidst… Read More


EDA Update 2019

EDA Update 2019
by Daniel Nenni on 04-26-2019 at 12:00 pm

Over the last six years EDA has experienced yet another disruption not unlike the Synopsys acquisition of Avant! in 2001 which positioned Synopsys for the EDA lead they still enjoy today. Or the hiring of famed venture capitalist Lip-Bu Tan in 2009 to be the CEO of struggling EDA pioneer Cadence Design Systems. Under Lip-Bu’s… Read More


IC Implementation Improved by Hyperconvergence of Tools

IC Implementation Improved by Hyperconvergence of Tools
by Daniel Payne on 04-23-2019 at 7:00 am

Physical IC design is a time consuming and error prone process that begs for automation in the form of clever EDA tools that understand the inter-relationships between logic synthesis, IC layout, test and sign-off analysis. There’s even an annual conference called ISPDInternational Symposium on Physical DesignRead More


Using ML to Build Efficient Low Power Platforms for Augmented Vision

Using ML to Build Efficient Low Power Platforms for Augmented Vision
by Tom Simon on 04-16-2019 at 7:00 am

We are all pretty familiar with augmented reality, where real world images are overlaid with computer generated images, graphics and even audio. Of course, our first exposure to augmented reality might have been images of heads up displays in fighter jets or perhaps in the movie The Terminator. Augmented reality is moving rapidly… Read More


Accelerating SOC Development for Automobile Applications

Accelerating SOC Development for Automobile Applications
by Tom Simon on 03-11-2019 at 12:00 pm

No area of electronics is moving faster than automotive semiconductors. Everyone has been talking about the increasing electronics content of automobiles for decades. With Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous driving becoming a reality the pace has picked up even more. These new designs combine just about… Read More


PCIe 5.0 Jumps to the Fore in 2019

PCIe 5.0 Jumps to the Fore in 2019
by Tom Simon on 03-06-2019 at 12:00 pm

2019 will be a big year for PCIe. With the approval of version 0.9 of the Base Layer for PCIe 5.0, implementers have a solid foundation to begin working on designs. PCIe 4.0 was introduced in 2017, before that the previous PCIe 3.0 was introduced in 2010 – ages ago in this industry. In fact, 5.0 is so close on the heels of 4.0, many products… Read More