The New ASIC


By Javier DeLaCruz The current state of the art For years, large ASICs like the ones used in network processing, supercomputing and high-end personal computing have had very interesting similarities. The figure below is a fairly typical floorplan of such an ASIC. After taping out over a dozen of these types of chips a year, it is interesting to see that the interfaces have changed, processo... » read more

Smarter Co-design With Models


By Ann Steffora Mutschler IC, package and PCB co-design methodologies are starting to be adopted by semiconductor companies. However, the existing die abstract file used in these flows to exchange data between the IC designer and the downstream package design team may not contain enough detail to drive advanced planning and optimization with the package and PCB interfaces. Engineering teams... » read more