Shifting Performance Bottlenecks Driving Change In Chip And System Architectures


The rise of personal computing in the 1980s — along with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and applications ranging from office apps to databases — drove the demand for faster chips capable of removing processing bottlenecks and delivering a more responsive end-user experience. Indeed, the semiconductor industry has certainly come quite a long way since IBM launched its PC way back in 1981. ... » read more

One On One: John Lee


John Lee, general manager and vice president of Ansys—and the former CEO of data analytics firm Gear Design Solutions, which Ansys acquired in September—sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about how big data techniques can be used in semiconductor and system design. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What's your goal now that Gear has been acquired by [getent... » read more

Integration Or Segregation


In the Electronics Butterfly Effect story, the observation was made that the electronics industry has gone non-linear, no longer supported by incremental density and cost-reducing improvements that Moore’s Law promised with each new node. Those incremental changes, over several decades, have meant that design and architecture have followed a predictable path with very few new ideas coming in ... » read more

Cloud 2.0


Corporate data centers are reluctant adopters of new technology. There is too much at stake to make quick changes, which accounts for a number of failed semiconductor startups over the past decade with better ideas for more efficient processors, not to mention rapid consolidation in other areas. But as the amount of data increases, and the cost of processing that data decreases at a slower rate... » read more

Big Data, Big Holes


Having the potential to collect massive amounts of data from a variety of sources is the latest tool for trend spotting, predictive modeling, and forecasting of information. Information is power and big data promises to provide substantial, significant data that can be used by all tiers of businesses in the development of any number of new industrial and commercial strategies. For retailers ... » read more

More Data, Different Approaches


Scaling, rising complexity, and integration are all contributing to an explosion in data, from initial design to physical layout to verification and into the manufacturing phase. Now the question is what to do with all of that data. For SoC designs, that data is critical for identifying real and potential problems. It also allows verification engineers working the back end of the design flow... » read more

New Architectures Redefining The Data Center


By Ed Sperling The cost of powering and cooling data centers, coupled with a better understanding of how enterprise-level applications can utilize hardware more effectively, are spawning a new wave of changes inside of data centers. Data centers are always evolving, but in this sector that evolution is deliberate and sometimes painstakingly slow. In fact, each major shift tends to last a de... » read more