What Do You Mean by Mandatory?

What Do You Mean by Mandatory?
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 6:00 pm

When TSMC and Mentor Graphics held a joint seminar for mutual customers to go over new DFM requirements at 45/40 nm, two customers basically asked the same question, “What do you mean by mandatory?” Of course, TSMC wasn’t going to stand over them and say, “Mandatory means mandatory, what part of mandatory don’t you understand?” … Read More


What Do You Mean by Mandatory?

What Do You Mean by Mandatory?
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 6:00 pm

When TSMC and Mentor Graphics held a joint seminar for mutual customers to go over new DFM requirements at 45/40 nm, two customers basically asked the same question, “What do you mean by mandatory?” Of course, TSMC wasn’t going to stand over them and say, “Mandatory means mandatory, what part of mandatory don’t you understand?” … Read More


So, Why Not Just Write Better Rules?

So, Why Not Just Write Better Rules?
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 4:00 pm

In my submission about TSMC making some DFM analysis steps mandatory at 45nm (see “TSMC’s DFM Announcement”), I ended with a question about why the foundries can’t just write better design rules (and rule decks) to make sure all designs yield well. Here’s my take on this complicated question.… Read More


TSMC’s DFM Announcement

TSMC’s DFM Announcement
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 4:00 pm

If you are a TSMC customer, no doubt you have heard TSMC is requiring lithography and planarity analysis for all 45nm designs. Their website says customers can either run it themselves, or contract TSMC services to do it. The most cost-effective way would be for the customers to run it themselves, but some might not have the resources… Read More


So, Why Not Just Write Better Rules?

So, Why Not Just Write Better Rules?
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 4:00 pm

In my submission about TSMC making some DFM analysis steps mandatory at 45nm (see “TSMC’s DFM Announcement”), I ended with a question about why the foundries can’t just write better design rules (and rule decks) to make sure all designs yield well. Here’s my take on this complicated question.… Read More


TSMC’s DFM Announcement

TSMC’s DFM Announcement
by glforte on 10-14-2010 at 4:00 pm

If you are a TSMC customer, no doubt you have heard TSMC is requiring lithography and planarity analysis for all 45nm designs. Their website says customers can either run it themselves, or contract TSMC services to do it. The most cost-effective way would be for the customers to run it themselves, but some might not have the resources… Read More


Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation 2010

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation 2010
by Daniel Nenni on 10-13-2010 at 11:01 pm

In celebrating the 10th anniversary of SMIC, CEO David Wang ushers in a new era of China semiconductor manufacturing with triumphs versus promises. By triumphs David means profits, which SMIC saw for the first time in Q2 2010. The future looks even brighter for SMIC as the China semiconductor demand versus supply gap is an estimated… Read More


The New Semiconductor Economy

The New Semiconductor Economy
by Daniel Nenni on 07-04-2010 at 1:29 pm

Bill Wiseman of McKinsey & Company presented “Waking up to the new normal, the world economy after the great recession” at a recent ITAC GSA Conference. Bill supports my previous semiconductor financial predictions in great and graphical detail.

In the United States: unemployment claims are up, home sales are down without… Read More


TSMC versus GlobalFoundries: Semiconductor Design Enablement!

TSMC versus GlobalFoundries: Semiconductor Design Enablement!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-01-2010 at 9:00 pm


As mentioned in previous blogs, design enablement is a key enabler to fabless semiconductor design and manufacture, without question. The purpose of this blog (in 500 words) is to compare and contrast two very different design enablement strategies and engage the semiconductor community in a meaningful discussion.

The GlobalFoundry… Read More


450mm Semiconductor Manufacturing Debate

450mm Semiconductor Manufacturing Debate
by Daniel Nenni on 05-23-2010 at 2:39 pm


This blog posting is sponsored by EVA airlines, as I’m in the EVA executive lounge eating free food (I blog for food). “Fly EVA, the lesser of evils for Taiwan air travel!” EVA Air has a perfect safety record in 9 years of operation, China Air on the other hand has the worst safety record in the industry!

This blog was inspired by one of … Read More