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Commercial Chiplet Ecosystem May Be A Decade Away


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about the challenges of establishing a commercial chiplet ecosystem with Frank Schirrmeister, vice president solutions and business development at Arteris; Mayank Bhatnagar, product marketing director in the Silicon Solutions Group at Cadence; Paul Karazuba, vice president of marketing at Expedera; Stephen Slater, EDA product mana... » read more

AI Tradeoffs At The Edge


AI is impacting almost every application area imaginable, but increasingly it is moving from the data center to the edge, where larger amounts of data need to be processed much more quickly than in the past. This has set off a scramble for massive improvements in performance much closer to the source of data, but with a familiar set of caveats — it must use very little power, be affordable... » read more

Software-Defined Vehicles Ready To Roll


Software-defined vehicles are driving a swell of activity across the automotive ecosystem, including new methodologies and technology approaches that could significantly reduce costs and shorten time to market for advanced features. The SDV approach encompasses more than a single concept. It helps to think of it more as a modeling approach that connects EVs, driver assistance technology, and... » read more

Formal Verification’s Usefulness Widens


Formal verification is being deployed more often and in more places in chip designs as the number of possible interactions grows, and as those chips are used in more critical applications. In the past, much of formal verification was focused on whether a chip would function properly. But as designs become more complex and heterogeneous, and as use cases change, formal verification is being u... » read more

Which Data Works Best For Voltage Droop Simulation


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about the need for the right type of data, why this has to be done early in the design flow, and how 3D-IC will affect all of this, with Bill Mullen, distinguished engineer at Ansys; Rajat Chaudhry, product management group director at Cadence; Heidi Barnes, senior applications engineer at Keysight; Venkatesh Santhanagopalan, prod... » read more

Glitch Power Issues Grow At Advanced Nodes


An estimated 20% to 40% of total power is being wasted due to glitch in some of the most advanced and complex chip designs, and at this point there is no single best approach for how and when to address it, and mixed information about how effective those solutions can be. Glitch power is not a new phenomenon. DSP architects and design engineers are well-versed in the power wasted by long, sl... » read more

Analog Design Complicates Voltage Droop


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about voltage droop in analog and mixed-signal designs, and the need for multi-vendor tool interoperability and more precision, with Bill Mullen, distinguished engineer at Ansys; Rajat Chaudhry, product management group director at Cadence; Heidi Barnes, senior applications engineer at Keysight; Venkatesh Santhanagopalan, product ... » read more

Densification Of RF Designs


It’s challenging enough to deal with wireless signals at the 5G and 6G frequencies. But with increased density in chips crammed into smaller packages, higher power, beam forming, and MIMO, design requirements are very different than in the past. Simple parasitic extraction no longer is sufficient. Daren McClearnon, product manager for RF and microwave simulation at Keysight, talks about the n... » read more

Using Real Workloads To Assess Thermal Impacts


Thermal analysis is being driven much further left in the design, fueled by demand for increased transistor density and more features on a chip or in a package, as well as the unique ways the various components may be exercised or stressed. However, getting a clear picture of the thermal activity in advanced-node chips and packages is extremely complex, and it can vary significantly by use c... » read more

Security Becoming Core Part Of Chip Design — Finally


Security is shifting both left and right in the design flow as chipmakers wrestle with how to build devices that are both secure by design and resilient enough to remain secure throughout their lifetimes. As increasingly complex devices are connected to the internet and to each other, IP vendors, chipmakers, and systems companies are racing to address existing and potential threats across a ... » read more

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