The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys will acquire Black Duck Software, a provider of software for securing and managing open source software. Synopsys already has a stake in this area from its Coverity acquisition in 2014, which it has been using to analyze security practices in open source software. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Black Duck's products automate the process of identifying and ... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT


Finance Mountain View, Calif.-based FogHorn Systems has received Series B funding of $30 million, led by Intel Capital and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. The new round brings the Industrial Internet of Things edge computing startup’s total funding to $47.5 million. Honeywell Ventures is a new investor, joining existing investors Darling Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, GE Ventures, March ... » read more

Can A Supply Chain Be Too Efficient?


The semiconductor industry is a model of efficiency—literally. When other industries look at adding smart manufacturing into their operations, they often look to chip manufacturing as a shining example. After decades of business gyrations, semiconductor companies have figured out how to instill efficiency into every aspect of making chips. This is evident in device scaling. At 90nm, the co... » read more

When Will It Be Done?


Design teams have done remarkably well in getting chips out the door on time, despite growing complexity at each new node and an increase in the number of features and IP blocks that need to be integrated into designs. There has been plenty of grumbling, along with dire warnings about the future of Moore's Law and the impact of industry consolidation. The reality, though, is that the volume ... » read more

How To Build Systems In Package


The semiconductor industry is racing to define a series of road maps for semiconductors to succeed the one created by the ITRS, which will no longer be updated, including a brand new one focused on heterogeneous integration. The latest entry will establish technology targets for integration of heterogeneous multi-die devices and systems. It has the support of IEEE's Components, Packaging and... » read more

Running Out Of Energy?


The anticipated and growing energy requirements for future computing needs will hit a wall in the next 24 years if the current trajectory is correct. At that point, the world will not produce enough energy for all of the devices that are expected to be drawing power. A report issued by the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corp., bases its conclusions on system-le... » read more

How Healthy Is The Chip Market?


By Ed Sperling & Ann Steffora Mutschler The inclusion of semiconductors in more products across more market segments—many of which historically have not been large consumers of chips—is having a big impact on how they are designed and manufactured, as well as how they are tracked and quantified. In the past, semiconductor sales were so closely tied to the success of personal computers... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Numbers ARM's financial results reported revenue in Q2 2015 of $357.1 million, up 15% versus Q2 2014. Half-year revenue in 2015 amounted to $705.2 million, up 15% on H1 2014. ARM's license revenues in Q2 2015 increased by 3% year-on-year to $151.0 million, representing 42% of revenue, while its royalty revenues in Q2 2015 were up 30% on Q2 2014 at $175.9 million, representing 49% of revenue.... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Cadence completed its acquisition of Jasper Design Automation, using cash and revolving credit to finance the deal. It will explain the impact on 2014 financial results in fiscal 2015. Jasper’s team, led by CEO Kathryn Kranen, will now report to Cadence senior VP Charlie Huang in Cadence’s System & Verification Group. The deal was first announced in April. Tools Coverity un... » read more

Week In Review: System-Level Design


Cadence agreed to buy Forte Design Systems for an undisclosed sum, adding further proof that the market for high-level synthesis and tools that run at higher levels of abstraction is finally hitting its stride. Behind this acquisition is a rising pain level due to increasing complexity in SoCs—IP integration, low power concerns and much more of everything, from transistors to memories—has f... » read more