Placing Bets On Future Technology


Marie Semeria, CEO of Leti, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about where the French research and technology organization is placing its future technology bets and what's behind those decisions. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: It's becoming more difficult and expensive to shrink features, so where do we go next? Semeria: We see several areas that we believe... » read more

Intel Acquires Docea Power


Intel has quietly done another EDA acquisition, this time buying Docea Power, a small company based in Moirans, France. Docea had high-level power and thermal estimation tools. The acquisition closed July 31st. [getentity id="22222" comment="Docea Power"] was founded by two brothers, [getperson id="11137" p_name="Ghislain"] and [getperson id="11138" p_name="Sylvian"] Kaiser. Ghislain had spe... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Synopsys’ Coverity subsidiary bought Kalistick, a French company that makes cloud-based solutions to boost testing efficiency by allowing engineers to identify and prioritize tests. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tools Cadence rolled out verification IP for the new PCI Express 4.0 architecture. The new spec supports up to 16 billion transactions per second, which is double... » read more

Bit Mapping


The rule of thumb for semiconductor manufacturing is that big breakthroughs tend to last a decade, or about five process nodes. While the transistor already has spanned more than five decades and the IC more than four decades, the technology used to create them typically only lasts about one. 193nm lithography has been around more than a decade. Bets were being made publicly back at 45nm—o... » read more

The Trouble With Power Models


By Ed Sperling Talk with any large systems vendor about power modeling and, with very few exceptions, they’re still using a mix of spreadsheets and lower-level models—no matter how far along they are in ESL adoption and in modeling other parts of an IC. Power has crept up on even the biggest companies, which have never really figured out how to implement it into their design flows. For ... » read more