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Microelectronics And The AI Revolution


It is no secret that artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) are critical drivers for growth in electronics, and particularly, for semiconductors. The recent AI Hardware Summit showcased trends in AI/ML, both in enabling and using it in various application domains, including EDA. As part of the summit, Imec had organized a panel on “Advanced Microelectronics Technologies Driving ... » read more

The Top Five Areas For 5G Improvements


A recent article by TECHnalysis's Bob O'Donnell sparked some thoughts about the critical aspects in which 5G faces improvement needs. They include coverage, cost, power, killer applications, and global ecosystems. It will be a fascinating race over the next eight to ten years, and many decisions between the evolution of 5G versus a transition to 6G are much closer than one might think. I’v... » read more

Choosing The Right Model Fidelity For Your Digital Twin


The EDA industry has advanced by leaps and bounds with innovation. Every time we approach a new technology node, many algorithms have to be re-imagined. As the late Jim Ready often pointed out to me, compared to the world of software development, these semiconductor technology changes are the hardware equivalent to what Fred Brooks, in his seminal article “No Silver Bullet—Essence and Accid... » read more

Smart Home Device Communication In The Era Of Hyperconnectivity


In our increasingly hyperconnected world, a fascinating area to watch is what I would call "the last 100 feet, give or take." There are many standards like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, or Thread used for IoT device connectivity. There are very active discussions about how our smart devices should be allowed to talk to other resources, like our neighbor's Wi-Fi. In the IoT's municipal and industria... » read more

Hyperconnectivity, Hyperscale Computing, And Moving Edges


As described in “The Four Pillars of Hyperscale Computing” last year, the four core components that development teams consider for data centers are computing, storage, memory, and networking. Over the previous decade, requirements for programmability have fundamentally changed data centers. Just over a decade ago, in 2010, virtual machines would compute user workloads on CPU-centric archite... » read more

Hyperconnectivity And The Path To 6G


Some may view the recent uptick in the news about next-generation wireless networking, specifically 6G, with some healthy skepticism as 5G is “just rolling out.” But when looking at the timelines, it becomes clear why 6G is critical and is also excellent news for electronics, and by extension, the design of semiconductors and systems. The same key elements that transformed the data center t... » read more

Digital Transformation In Aerospace And Defense Applications


Watching the aerospace and defense verticals, one of the most impactful publications in 2020 was probably Will Roper's "There Is No Spoon: The New Digital Acquisition Reality." Using visuals from "The Matrix", which at the time was called "the first movie of the 21st century," the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics painted a picture of a "simulation ... » read more

Hyperscaling Cyber-Physical Systems


As consumers, we are not always aware of all the data created around us by our cars, mobile devices, computers, and day-to-day consumer products. In most cases, we are even less aware of what's going on during the development and production of today's devices and systems that we have gotten so used to. During the most recent DATE 2021 conference, the special day on cyber-physical systems gave s... » read more

Hyperscaling The 21st Century Engineer


While January is the month of predictions for many, I have made it a habit to look back and see how previous forward-looking assessments have worked out. It is fascinating to see how many past predictions were off and how little has changed in some areas. Twenty years ago, in January 2001, the front cover of IEEE Spectrum set the theme of ubiquitous connectivity in an always-on world. Some o... » read more

Industry Transformations In 2021 And Beyond


Last December, the name of my predictions blog summarized my view crisply, which is that "applications, ecosystems and system complexity will be key verification drivers for 2020." Slam dunk on these. Application domains significantly impacted verification aspects in 2020. Who would have thought that Facebook and AWS would be among the keynotes at our user conference, speaking about how thei... » read more

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