Meeting Reliability For Automotive Applications With PCI Express

Automotive electronics such as powertrain and braking controls, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and other vehicle operations platforms, where reliability is of utmost importance must meet stringent reliability standards. Even an automotive infotainment system is expected to perform flawlessly even under a variety of temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. Reliability is a key compone... » read more

Automotive IC Design Drives Simulation Innovation

By Roberto Stella, STMicroelectronics and Ahmed Eisawy, Mentor Graphics STMicroelectronics invented the Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS (BCD) technology for the intelligent power applications demanded by automotive ICs. This technology is widely-adopted by the automotive IC industry. But, designing automotive ICs is very challenging. It requires innovative techniques to ensure that the ICs can stand u... » read more

Connected Reliability Concerns

Ever since the invention of the integrated circuit, the focus has been on improving technology—making it faster, smaller, cheaper, while also cutting the power budget. With the advent of the IoT and ubiquitous connectivity, the value proposition will change. Rather than just improving the chip, the focus will shift to how that chip behaves in context. How does it work in a connected world... » read more

New Drivers For Test

Mention Design for Test (DFT) and scan chains come to mind, but there is much more to it than that—and the rules of the game are changing. New application areas such as automotive may breathe new life into built-in self-test (BIST) solutions, which could also be used for manufacturing test. So could DFT as we know it be a thing of the past? Or will it continue to have a role to play? Te... » read more

Mixed-signal/Low-power Design

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss mixed-signal/low-power IC design with Phil Matthews, director of engineering at Silicon Labs; Yanning Lu, director of analog IC design at Ambiq Micro; Krishna Balachandran, director of low power solutions marketing at [getentity id="22032" comment="Cadence"]; Geoffrey Ying, director of product marketing, AMS Group, [getentity id="22035" e_name="Syno... » read more

Tech Talk: Power Signoff

Ansys' Aveek Sarkar the challenges of power signoff at advanced process nodes, the impact of over-design, and what's necessary for sufficient coverage. [youtube vid=VQoT2KYW-AM] » read more

How To More Accurately Predict The Field Reliability Of Automotive Power Electronics

If your company makes planes, trains, automobiles, medical devices, computers, and communication systems, or you are a large electronic device supplier, the reliability of your products in the field is crucial to your business success. The growing market for electric and hybrid vehicles is increasing the pressure on life-time performance of the devices that power them. Estimating the actual fie... » read more

Reliable Automotive IC Design With Galaxy Design Platform

Automakers are continuously integrating new advanced driver assistance systems and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) technologies to provide drivers and their passengers with improved safety, navigation, entertainment and communications. Cars are becoming safer and more efficient as they are increasingly capable of sensing and responding to their on-road environment. These trends present additional... » read more

No More Straight Lines

Shrinking features on a chip is no longer the only way forward, and in an increasing number of designs and markets, it is no longer the best way forward. Power and performance are generally better dealt with using different architectures and microarchitectures, and all of those provide the potential to reduce silicon area (cost). Cramming more transistors on a die and working around leakage... » read more

Engineering Knowledge Management

The business forces driving the need for a managed simulation environment have been with us for years and have been the impetus for the widely recognized corporate initiatives such as Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma. Engineering mantras such as “reduce cycle time” and “improve quality” translate into business objectives such as “reduce costs” and “improve the bottom l... » read more

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