May 2014


Executive Insight: Charles Janac


SE: What’s your biggest concern? Janac: Staying current. One of the things that is really important is to understand shifts in the marketplace. In the past, we looked at whether to target our interconnect solution at digital TV or mobility. This was actually a very interesting question in 2005. The DTV market looked better, but we were not getting enough evaluations. We were doing better i... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


GlobalFoundries’ campus in upstate New York employs over 2,200 workers. It is looking to add 600-800 more people by the end of 2014. The company is seeking out engineers with four-year degrees and technicians with associates degrees. It is also bringing in engineers from IBM to ramp its fab in New York. Applied Materials introduced the Endura Ventura PVD system that helps reduce the cost o... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A ARM said it is acquiring Duolog Technologies, a player in design configuration and integration technology for the semiconductor industry. ARM said this will expand its position for deploying complex system IP including debug and trace IP. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Tools and IP ARM’s Cortex A9 core is at the heart of a new secure processor from Broadcom aimed at endpo... » read more

New Uses For Emulation


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the changing emulation landscape with Jim Kenney, director of marketing for emulation at Mentor Graphics; Tom Borgstrom, director of the verification group at Synopsys; Frank Schirrmeister, group director of product marketing for the System Development Suite at Cadence; Gary Smith, chief analyst at Gary Smith EDA; and Lauro Rizzatti, a verification ... » read more

Executive Insight: Grant Pierce


SE: What worries you most? Pierce: At the very top of my list is continuing to attract the talent into the company that we’ve managed to build up over time. Inside of Sonics, it’s a unique situation. We’re at the boundary between system-level architecture and chip-level micro-architecture for having what the system guys are looking for in the silicon. We need expertise in any IP that t... » read more

Easing The Path To Evolution


On the surface, revolutionary changes in EDA seem unlikely due to the risk of replacing costly tools, flows and methodologies. But are they really? The answer depends on whom you ask. For Part One, click here. Risk is a big part of the equation here. “There are always pioneers in an organization and what you need to do is find someone who is willing to take some risk and typically it’s o... » read more

Reduced Power To The People!


Fifteen years ago, many of us involved in writing the design chapter of the ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors) already knew that power/energy consumption eventually would become a major problem for the industry’s growth. Engineers developing microprocessors (CPUs and DSPs) and graphics engines (GPUs) led the wave of predictions, because extrapolating known trend data s... » read more

Executive Insight: Hossein Yassaie


SE: What concerns you looking out at the semiconductor industry? Yassaie: There are big changes in the industry over the last two years, such as the verticalization in the mobile space. Every semiconductor company wanted to play in mobile. It was just a fact of life that some of these guys would give up. That was a major change, and it was something we could see coming. Our focus is diverse ... » read more

Blog Review: May 28


Ansys’ Robert Harwood examines the crossover between drones and 3D printing—particularly ones that can make repairs in inaccessible or hazardous areas. That could make both of them more popular. Mentor’s Mathew Clark puts a new spin on the term “gumming up the works.” Poor little things. Cadence’s Brian Fuller drills into Google’s Project Ara, the magnetic LEGO architecture ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: May 27


Chip printing process Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials has developed a novel way to make systems using electronic components, such as resistors, transistors and capacitors. Researchers use simple printers and a robot-assisted production line. The components and other devices made from the technology could be used in various applications, such as digit... » read more

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