March 2014

Tech Talk: Multipatterning, Take Two

Mentor Graphics' David Abercrombie continues with his whiteboard talk about coloring with advanced lithography, including what goes wrong and how to fix it. [youtube vid=HCBtvHCcbf4] » read more

Big Shift In SoC Verification

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss software-driven verification with Ken Knowlson, principal engineer at Intel; Mark Olen, product manager for the Design Verification Technology Division of Mentor Graphics; Steve Chappell, senior manager for CAE technology and verification at Synopsys; Frank Schirrmeister, group director for product marketing of the System Development Suite at Cadenc... » read more

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 And The Progress of Technology

Cable news has been continuously deluging us with lots of speculation regarding the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Most of us are drowning in a sea of jargon as TV talking heads express incredulity that, “with all our modern technology, a plane disappeared…” Although the disappearance of flight MH370 is a terrible tragedy, I see the larger context of our progress in commercial a... » read more

New Approaches For Reliability

The definition of reliability hasn’t budged since the invention of the IC, but how to achieve it is starting to change. In safety-critical systems, as well as in markets such as aerospace, demands for reliability are so rigorous that they often require redundant circuitry—and for good reason. A PanAmSat malfunction in 1998 caused by tin whisker growth wiped out pagers for 45 million use... » read more

Get Ready For DVCon Europe

By Martin Barnasconi DVCon Europe, a new conference and exhibition around design and verification, will be held Oct. 14-15 in Munich, Germany. Call for abstracts for DVCon Europe is open through April 8. The obvious question is why DVCon Europe. DVCon and its predecessor conferences have been held successfully in the Silicon Valley for more than 20 years. The conference is extremely success... » read more

EDA Resurgence Through Open Flows

A couple of years ago I would talk to investors about startups in the systems space and overwhelmingly they were extremely negative: startups were dying; there was no investment; it was difficult to get products to market. This same conversation has happened in the past with infrastructure software, and is happening now with EDA in terms of stagnation, lack of innovation and lack of investment.... » read more

New Product Introduction Process For Heterogeneous 2.5D Devices

For the past few years, the most popular topics in the 2.5D space have been: The design tools Foundry processes for through-silicon vias, temporary bonding and bump architecture The assembly process, such as what is first bonded to what The industry is at the point where the open variables on these topics are narrowing, and other critical aspects need to get far better attention. The... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing

RBC Capital Markets has raised its iPhone unit forecast for 2014 to 159.1 million from 156.7 million. The iPhone estimates reflect better-than-expected growth in the September quarter, according to RBC. So which chipmakers will benefit? In order, the companies with the most exposure into Apple are Cirrus Logic, Dialog Semiconductor, Triquint, Skyworks, Audience, Avago, Broadcom, Qualcomm, SanDi... » read more

Changes At DAC

The 2014 DAC program is live, and for those who just can’t wait, here is a sneak peak of one of the new initiatives at the show. This year DAC introduces a brand new track focused 100% on IP. The IP Track will be on Monday, June 2, and includes six sessions running in two rooms adjoining the exhibit floor. This track provides creators and users of IP with an open forum to exchange information... » read more

Look Who’s Making Chips

The entry into the chip business by companies such as Apple, and possibly Google, Amazon and a handful of others, may seem like a land grab in the semiconductor world, but the reality is that system companies have always done their own semiconductor design. Only the names have changed. IBM made its own PC processors, and it still makes them for its high-end servers. HP made chips for its PCs... » read more

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