Controlling Heat

Modeling on-chip thermal characteristics and chip-package interactions is becoming much more critical for advanced designs, but how to get there isn't always clear. Every chip, based on its target application, has a thermal design power (TDP) target. This is the typical power it can consume without overreaching the acceptable thermal limits in its intended environment. But in order to rate t... » 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

FinFET Reliability Issues

The 16nm FinFET node has introduced several new challenges in the IC design community. In addition to the complexity of power-noise and electromigration (EM) verification, thermal reliability has become a major concern for both chip and package designers. With the three-dimensional architecture of FinFET devices, new simulation approaches are being used to model thermal behavior of the die in o... » read more

Hot Stuff

By Ann Steffora Mutschler When it comes to thermal modeling, which has been practiced for many years, the challenges are daunting. The good news is that approaches are emerging as challenges increased with smaller process nodes and design complexity. Viewed from a number of viewpoints—transistor, chip, package, board and system—thermal models traditionally have been created from m... » read more

The Double Whammy

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Given that at 40nm and below every [getkc id="81" kc_name="SoC"] has some mixed-signal content, combined with the fact that power awareness is top priority no matter what the target application is, design teams and verification engineers are grappling with tremendous challenges just to get a chip to yield. “For verification engineers and for designers, this is a ... » read more

Stacking The Deck

By Matt Elmore Can we finally say that 3D-IC design has emerged from the realm of theory and research to actual commercial implementation? Xilinx recently announced initial shipments of its Virtex-7 H580T FPGA, described as “The world’s first 3D heterogeneous all programmable product.” The benefits of 3D implementation are many, as are its challenges. One of the hottest 3D-IC topics t... » read more

Tech Talk: Power Issues Ahead

Aveek Sarkar, vice president of technology and support at ANSYS Apache, talks with Low-Power Engineering about growing concerns over electrostatic discharge, electromigration, the impact of stacked die, and the need for power and thermal models. [youtube vid=-7TtszsuZP0] » read more