Why Do You Need Chip-Package-System Co-Design And Co-Analysis?

Whether it is the need for sustainable energy, or driving performance while keeping power at bay, or enabling safe and reliable operation of any electronic system, containment of electronic noise — power and signal noise is critical to all of the above. Other factors that impact safe and reliable operation are electromigration (EM), electromagnetic interference (EMI) and mechanical stress ena... » read more

Got Energy?

Energy is a finite resource, which means it’s not someone else’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem. This isn’t just another doom and gloom prediction. Energy consumption has been rising steadily for decades. Unfortunately, it has been increasing at a faster rate than energy production. A Semiconductor Industry Association report entitled, “Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Ac... » read more

Implementing ESD Protection In Today’s SoCs

As the semiconductor industry transitions to FinFETs, reliability challenges are increasing. ESD designers are challenged with new issues that would require significant rethinking and redesign of their existing ESD protection strategy. With significant complexity embedded in the silicon, failure analysis and silicon debug is challenging and time consuming even to the ESD experts. Technology ... » read more

How To Achieve Faster Design Convergence And A Better Design

We find ourselves at an interesting point in the evolution of semiconductor technologies electronic systems as a whole. As Moore’s Law continues to charge forward, tools and workflows continue to adapt to major trends, including: Increasing system design complexity; The increasing digital footprint of both design databases and simulation output data, and New architectures/More-than-Mo... » read more

Energy-Efficient Design Helps Autonomous Vehicles Take Off

A new flight endurance record was set recently by the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Big Wing experimental drone, traveling 37 hours non-stop, and setting the bar for the next stage of autonomous flight development. The growth of drone technology and their autonomous capabilities for surveillance, security, and reconnaissance has grown rapidly over the past several years, thanks to ever-increasing perf... » read more

Better PMIC Design Using Multi-Physics Simulation

Energy efficiency and thermal management are gaining importance in the IC and system design community. Because the integrated circuit is the major source of power consumption and hence heat dissipation, semiconductor companies are under immense pressure to reduce the overall power envelope of the IC that goes into the system. This phenomenon is seen globally, irrespective of whether the chip... » read more

Have Margins Outlived Their Usefulness?

To automate the process of solving complex design problems, the traditional approach has been to partition them into smaller, manageable tasks. For each task, we have built the best possible solution which we continuously refine over time. Additionally, we have managed the interdependencies between tasks by defining boundaries or margins; these often have been best- and worst-case values used t... » read more

Simulating For Security

When we think of the field of cryptography, we often tend to think of math-intensive software encryption schemes, algorithms trying to prevent sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands, and hackers poring over code searching for potential loopholes in data sent over secure channels. However, we must also consider the fact that data has to physically make its way through transistors, p... » read more

Working With FinFETs

One of the key technology trends driving semi-conductor industry is the adoption of finFET processes. As opposed to a traditional planar transistor, the finFET has an elevated channel or “fin,” which the gate wraps around. Due to their structure, finFETs generate much lower leakage power and allow greater device density. Compared to planar transistors, finFET operate at a lower voltage and ... » read more

Demystifying The IoT Opportunity

Today we live in a world based on connectivity and communication, in which a burgeoning network of electronic systems and devices helps us navigate our lives. While consumer applications such as smartphones, tablets and wearable electronics are more visible in our lives, a larger revolution is taking shape in the industrial and manufacturing arena. Business leaders are racing to benefit from... » read more

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