Interconnect Challenges Grow

Qualcomm outlined the technology challenges facing mobile chip suppliers at a recent event. In no particular order, the challenges include the usual suspects—area scaling, power reduction, performance and cost. Another concern for Qualcomm is an often-overlooked part of the equation—the backend-of-the-line (BEOL). In chip production, the BEOL is where the interconnects are formed within ... » read more

Executive Briefing: Wally Rhines

By Ed Sperling System-Level Design, as part of its ongoing executive briefing series, sat down with Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics' chairman and CEO, to talk about future problems, opportunities, and the gray areas that could go either way. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SLD: Is the amount of time spent on verification increasing? Rhines: It depends on how you define who s... » read more