The Price Of Consolidation

Consolidation is causing far-reaching changes across the global semiconductor ecosystem due to the size of companies being bought and the dearth of startups to replenish those being acquired. Coupled with the rising cost and difficulty of shrinking features down to advanced process nodes—many argue that is the largest driver of consolidation—the market dynamics for who's buying IP, EDA t... » read more

The People Have Spoken, The Future Is Now

Last month, I mentioned we’d be doing a webinar to assess the impact of online capabilities in the semiconductor industry. On November 12th “Semiconductors Go Online and Worldwide” was broadcast. Bill Brennan from Credo Semi, Trevor Hiatt from IDT and Mahesh Tirupattur from Analog Bits joined us to share their experiences using eSilicon’s MPW and GDSII quoting portals. I have to ... » read more

IP Ecosystem Solutions For Complex Systems

At the Semico Impact Conference: Focus on the IP Ecosystem, Mahesh Tirupattur, Executive Vice President, Analog Bits, challenged four panelists to an engaging discussion on their approach to IP Ecosystem Solutions for Complex Systems. Panel participants included Dan Kochpatcharin, Deputy Director, IP Portfolio Management, TSMC; Jason Polychronopoulos, Mentor Graphics; Chris Rowen, Cadence Fello... » read more

Mixed-Signal Technology Summit Proceedings

On September 20 Cadence held the second Mixed-Signal Technology Summit. Experts from Cadence and other leading companies presented the latest mixed-signal design methodologies. If you missed the event, you can still view the material via the below archived proceedings. To view the presentations and videos, click here. » read more

AMS Challenges Growing

By David Lammers Analog and mixed signal (MS) devices will play an ever-increasing role in saving energy, particularly as the “Internet of Things” expands to about 10 billion units per year over the next decade. But as leading-edge design rules scale to 28nm and below, enhanced with high-k/metal gate technologies, it is becoming increasingly challenging to integrate AMS devices on SoCs. ... » read more

The Growing Problem With Parasitic Extraction

By Ed Sperling Like everything else in semiconductor engineering at advanced process geometries, parasitic extraction is getting much more difficult at each node. There’s more circuit data to analyze, less distance between wires and much more to sort through. In addition, a 10% error in accuracy at 90nm might have been tolerable, while at 28nm it can completely change how a chip works. ... » read more