Blog Review: March 22


Cadence's Paul McLellan shares TSMC's plans for 5nm and gate-all-around FET, plus other highlights from last week's Technology Symposium. Mentor's Craig Armenti examines how product development teams can increase efficiency through concurrent schematic design. Synopsys' Jim Ivers warns of the data security and privacy issues posed by a wave of popular connected toys. At Embedded World,... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Business Andes Technology went public this week on the Taiwan Stock Exchange with an initial stock listing of 40,611,915 shares at a price of NT$65.10 (USD $2.12) per share. The shares began trading March 14, 2017, under the TWSE ticker symbol “6533.TWO.” Andes plans to use the proceeds to expand the company's R&D effort, to fuel international expansion into the U.S. and Europe and t... » read more

Power Impacting Cost Of Chips


The increase in complexity of the power delivery network (PDN) is starting to outpace increases in functional complexity, adding to the already escalating costs of modern chips. With no signs of slowdown, designers have to ensure that overdesign and margining do not eat up all of the profit margin. The semiconductor industry is used to problems becoming harder at smaller geometries, but unti... » read more

Blog Review: March 15


Cadence's Christen Decoin looks back at the changes in design rule checking and asks, with growing design sizes and rule complexity, has DRC run out of steam? Synopsys' Eric Huang provides some background on DisplayPort and its integration with the USB Type-C connector. In his latest video, Mentor's Colin Walls investigates the relationship between the choice of operating system and the p... » read more

Antenna Design Grows Up


Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna issue represents a classic example of what can go wrong in modern antenna design. Put one in the wrong place, and a seemingly insignificant part can turn a cool new product into a public relations nightmare. Ever since antennas dropped out of sight, most consumers don't give them a second thought. In the 1960s, almost every home had a rooftop antenna. Fast forward ... » read more

Worst-Case Results Causing Problems


The ability of design tools to identify worst-case scenarios has allowed many chipmakers to flag potential issues well ahead of tapeout, but as process geometries shrink that approach is beginning to create its own set of issues. This is particularly true at 16/14nm and below, where extra circuitry can slow performance, boost the amount of power required to drive signals over longer, thinne... » read more

Turning Signal Integrity Simulation Inside Out


So what does it mean to turn signal integrity simulation inside out? Modern simulation has physics-based solvers in the foreground supported by circuit and system simulation rather than the other way around. All electronic design is fundamentally based on Maxwell’s equations, so naturally the most rigorous way to deliver accurate simulation of high-performance systems is to solve those equ... » read more

Blog Review: March 8


Mentor's Andrew Macleod proposes that the growing complexity of automotive systems opens up room for a Tier 1.5 bridging systems engineering and design optimization. Cadence's Dave Pursley argues that working at a higher level of abstraction makes hardware design more effective, more interesting, and more fun. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi considers the challenges surrounding responsible disclo... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A ARM made two acquisitions to add the new NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) low power wide area connectivity standard to its designs: Mistbase, founded in 2015 in Sweden, provides a complete NB-IoT physical layer implementation solution, while London-based NextG-Com, founded in 2008, offers a complete layer two and three software stack for NB-IoT. Tools Synopsys released the latest versio... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 15


Mentor's Jean-Marie Brunet looks at factors driving the growth of hardware emulation for SoCs. Cadence's Dave Pursley asserts that the role of hardware developers is about to change for the better. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi says that major software vulnerabilities are becoming less frequent, in spite of hype surrounding named bugs. ARM's Rhonda Dirvin discusses the release of the OpenFog... » read more

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