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The Next Big Chip Companies


Rambus’ Mike Noonen looks at why putting everything on a single die no longer works, what comes after Moore’s Law, and what the new business model looks like for chipmakers. https://youtu.be/X6Kca8Vm-wA » read more

eFPGA vs. FPGA Design Methodologies


Namit Varma, senior director of Achronix’s India Technology Center, discusses the differences between discrete and embedded FPGAs. https://youtu.be/Vwo3ktQvcKc » read more

Using High-Bandwidth Memory


eSilicon’s Tim Horel talks about HBM, what engineers need to know to work with this technology, and how it integrates with ASICs at advanced nodes. https://youtu.be/0Yq2XHGF6UE » read more

EDA, IP Revenues Up Again


EDA and IP revenues were up across the board yet again, buoyed by growth across a number of new markets and an increase in new and existing companies developing chips for those markets. All told, revenue grew to $2.39 billion in Q2 of 2018, an 8.2% increase over the $2.21 billion reported in the same period in 2017, according to numbers released today by the ESD Alliance's Market Statistics ... » read more

Planning Out Verification


OneSpin Solutions’ Nicolae Tusinschi talks with Semiconductor Engineering about how to move from specification to signoff in a verification flow. https://youtu.be/2zrgaq2I1SQ » read more

Thermal Impact On Reliability At 7/5nm


Haroon Chaudhri, director of RedHawk Analysis Fusion at Synopsys, talks about why thermal analysis is shifting left in the design cycle and why this is so critical at the most advanced process nodes. https://youtu.be/wjkrEFLb2vY » read more

What Will Intel Do Next?


The writing is on the wall for big processor makers. Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are developing their own processors. In addition, there are more than 30 startups developing various types of AI accelerators, as well as a field of embedded FPGA vendors, a couple of discrete FPGA makers, and a slew of soft processor cores. This certainly hasn't been lost on Intel. As the world's largest... » read more

Betting Big On Discontinuity


Wally Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens Business, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the booming chip industry, what's driving it, how long it will last and what changes are ahead in EDA and chip architectures. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: The EDA and semiconductor industries are doing well right now. What's driving that growth? Rhine... » read more

The Big Blur


Chip companies, research houses, foundries—and more recently large systems companies—have been developing alternative technologies to continue scaling power and performance. It's still not obvious which of those will win, let alone survive, or what they will do to the economics of developing chips. For more than five decades, the biggest concern was scaling devices in order to save money... » read more

Variation’s Long, Twisty Tail Worsens At 7/5nm


Variation is becoming a bigger challenge at each new node, but not just for obvious reasons and not always from the usual sources. Nevertheless, dealing with these issues takes additional time and resources, and it can affect the performance and reliability of those chips throughout their lifetimes. At a high level, variation historically was viewed as a mismatch between what design teams in... » read more

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