Designing SoC Power Networks

Designing a power network for a complex SoC is becoming critical for the success of the product, but most chips are still using old techniques that are ill-suited to the latest fabrication technologies, resulting in an expensive, overdesigned product. Not only is the power network as designed too large, but this has several knock-on effects that impact area, timing and power. In the first pa... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Acquisitions Rambus acquired Inphi Corporation's Memory Interconnect Business, along with all its assets. Rambus CEO Ron Black seeks the $90 million cash deal boosting the company's position in the server, networking and data center market. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016. Numbers EDA and IP revenue increased 4.5% in Q1, a significant increase given the s... » read more

EDA, IP Sales Up

EDA and IP revenue increased 4.5% in Q1, a significant increase given the semiconductor industry was flat last year and that EDA sales dropped 1.9% in Q4 of 2015. Total sales were $1.962 billion, up from $1.877 in Q1 of 2015. The big surprise, though, was Japan, which grew 12%. Japan's semiconductor business has been in a deep slump for several years. "It's been a long time since we've se... » read more

Uncertainty Rocks Chip Market

The semiconductor industry is undergoing sweeping changes in every direction, making it far more difficult to figure out which path to take next, when to take it, and how to get there. The next few years will redefine which semiconductor companies emerge as leaders, which ones get pushed down or out or absorbed into other companies, and which markets will be the most lucrative. And that coul... » read more