The Week In Review: Design


M&A The ESD Alliance is merging with SEMI, becoming a SEMI Strategic Association Partner. SE Editor In Chief Ed Sperling argues that the merger has broad implications for the chip industry, particularly as smaller nodes require greater collaboration between design and manufacturing. Meanwhile, SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha explains why the combining will be of benefit to members of b... » read more

Blog Review: Apr. 18


Cadence's Meera Collier provides an overview of five emerging technologies that could drive the semiconductor industry in the future, from carbon nanotubes to quantum computing. Mentor's Colin Walls reminds embedded software developers of a few common sense tips, including better readability with braces in C/C++ and monitoring stack overflow. Synopsys' Tim Mackey rounds up the last few we... » read more

System Bits: April 17


Smartphone microscopes transformed into lab-grade devices with deep learning UCLA Samueli School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated that deep learning techniques can discern and enhance microscopic details in photos taken by smartphones in order to improve the resolution and color details of smartphone images so much that they approach the quality of images from laboratory-grade mic... » read more

SEMI Merges With ESD Alliance


SEMI unveiled plans today to merge with the ESD Alliance, the chip industry's top EDA tools group, following three similar moves by SEMI in other slices of the semiconductor supply chain. The consolidation among industry groups began several years ago, but it has accelerated recently with the rollup under SEMI's leadership of the FlexTech Alliance, the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group and the F... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools & IP Cadence unveiled its latest DSP for embedded vision and AI, Tensilica Vision Q6 DSP. The DSP is built on a 13-stage processor pipeline and new system architecture designed for use with large local memories, and achieves 1.5GHz peak frequency and 1GHz typical frequency at 16nm. Compared to its predecessor, it offers 1.5X greater vision and AI performance than its predecessor and ... » read more

Tail End Latency And Server Debug


The rise of the heterogeneous multicore processor has enabled a massive increase in the ability of data centers to deliver advanced services to billions of users worldwide. But the complexity that is now possible has made the optimization of these services difficult to achieve. Providers of heterogeneous multicore SoCs have an opportunity to deliver the tools to make optimization of highly dist... » read more

Blog Review: Apr. 11


Mentor's Dennis Brophy looks at how the black box nature of IP means it's hard to tell if a block is free from security risks, even if verification IP and open-source design code can help. Synopsys' Sri Deepti Pisipati explains Panel Self Refresh, a power saving mechanism in Display Port that allows for turning off the video processor and its circuitry when an image is static. Cadence's P... » read more

System Bits: April 10


Ultrafast laser beam steering for autonomous cars Researchers at Purdue University and Stanford University reported they have found a novel laser light sensing technology that is more robust and less expensive than currently available with a wide range of uses, including a way to guide fully autonomous vehicles. The team said this innovation is orders of magnitude faster than conventional l... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Mentor, a Siemens business, filled in the last of the hardware configurations for its Veloce Strato emulation family, creating a full upgrade path. Users can initially purchase only the hardware that they need (StratoTiL) and if later they require more capacity (StratoTi) or the ability to handle larger designs (StratoT), they can incrementally add the necessary hardware to their existin... » read more

EDA: 8 Consecutive Years Of Growth


The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance Market Statistics Service (MSS) reported today that revenue for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry increased 10.7 percent for Q4 2017 to $2718.6 million, compared to $2455 million in Q4 2016. The four-quarters moving average was up by 9.5 percent. This compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters. "It was a terrific qu... » read more

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