The Most Interesting CEO in Semiconductors!

The Most Interesting CEO in Semiconductors!
by Daniel Nenni on 10-21-2020 at 6:00 am

GTC 2020 Lip Bu Tan

Hands down, without a doubt, the most interesting CEO in semiconductors is Lip-Bu Tan, founder of Walden Capitol and current CEO of Cadence Design Systems. If you want to talk about a man with a plan it’s Lip-Bu Tan.

Before we get into the fireside chat between Tom Caufield and Lip-Bu at the GTC 2020 Virtual event let’s do a quick biography:… Read More


CEO Interview: Wally Rhines of Cornami

CEO Interview: Wally Rhines of Cornami
by Daniel Nenni on 10-09-2020 at 6:00 am

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Wally Rhines is President and CEO of Cornami, Inc., a company named for its “tsunami of cores”. The company has developed a “TruStream” programming environment that generates independent executable streams of data and control. They have also designed a chip that provides the computational fabric for multi-core execution of… Read More


EDA Appears to Have COVID Immunity – ESD Alliance Reports Strong Q2 2020

EDA Appears to Have COVID Immunity – ESD Alliance Reports Strong Q2 2020
by Daniel Nenni on 10-05-2020 at 10:00 am

EDA Appears to Have COVID Immunity – ESD Alliance Reports Strong Q2 2020

The ESD Alliance tracks revenue growth for a large number of EDA companies. Their recent report paints a positive picture in a landscape dotted with challenges and not-so-good news. The report cites 12.6% overall revenue growth for Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2019. Furthermore, the overall most recent four quarter revenue average has increased… Read More


The Official SemiWiki Virtual DAC 2020 Must See List!

The Official SemiWiki Virtual DAC 2020 Must See List!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-17-2020 at 2:00 pm

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This is going to be a record setting year for DAC content and attendance, absolutely!

My first DAC was in 1984 in Albuquerque New Mexico, right out of College, and I married my beautiful wife two months later. Thirty six DAC’s later I have four grown children, grandchildren, and the number one semiconductor design portal in the world.… Read More


Wally Rhines: Mentoring Generations of Semiconductor and EDA Professionals

Wally Rhines: Mentoring Generations of Semiconductor and EDA Professionals
by Mike Gianfagna on 04-10-2020 at 10:00 am

Wally Then and Now

I had the good fortune to catch a live webinar recently that was quite compelling – Conversation with Dr. Walden Rhines: Predicting Semiconductor Business Trends After Moore’s Law! Dr. Rhines, known to most as Wally, doesn’t need much of an introduction. Any semiconductor or EDA professional knows who he is and what he’s accomplished.… Read More


Chapter Twelve – The Future

Chapter Twelve – The Future
by Wally Rhines on 09-27-2019 at 6:00 am

Content of this book has focused upon predictability of trends in the semiconductor industry based upon past trends, experience and ratios.  What about newly emerging applications of semiconductors?  After all, the entire history of the semiconductor industry is driven by emergence of new applications.

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Chapter Eleven – International Semiconductor Competition

Chapter Eleven – International Semiconductor Competition
by Wally Rhines on 09-20-2019 at 6:00 am

Semiconductor industry evolution was largely a U.S. phenomenon.  While there were important contributions made by persons all over the world, the basic technology grew from the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs which was licensed broadly in the U.S.  That created a level playing field for all who wanted to become producers. … Read More


Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems

Chapter Ten – Design Automation for Systems
by Wally Rhines on 09-13-2019 at 6:00 am

Electronic design automation has evolved to an extent that the complex chips with tens of billions of transistors frequently produce first pass functional prototypes from the manufacturer.  What makes this so incredible is that such a small portion of the possible states of electronic operation are actually tested in the simulation… Read More


Actel TI and TSMC Foundry Woes

Actel TI and TSMC Foundry Woes
by John East on 09-09-2019 at 6:00 am

TSMC was founded in 1987 by Morris Chang.  At about the same time, I was wrestling with the question of whether or not to join Actel.  Morris had been a top executive at Texas Instruments during the period when TI took ownership of the TTL market.  (See my week #8.  Texas Instruments and the TTL Wars)  I have to admit that when I first … Read More


Chapter Nine – Specialization Inhibits System Level Optimization

Chapter Nine – Specialization Inhibits System Level Optimization
by Wally Rhines on 09-06-2019 at 6:00 am

Solving critical customer problems sometimes isn’t enough.  One of my most interesting experiences came during the development and rollout of a product that was designed to optimize integration of hardware and embedded software.  In this case, the product performed exactly as planned but the plan ignored the organizational… Read More