Blog Review: Sept. 18


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out MLPerf and the challenges involved in developing a benchmark to assess machine learning training and inference performance. Synopsys' Om Prakash Thakur and Nusrat Ali take a look at the different types of NVDIMM and how it can bridge the performance gap between memory and storage solutions in servers. Mentor's Matthew Ballance points to why adoption of P... » read more

EDA Revenue Up 6.6% For Q2


Highlighted by double digit growth in semiconductor IP and the Asia/Pacific region, EDA industry revenue increased 6.6% for Q2 2019 to $2,472.1 million, compared to $2,318.5 million in Q2 2018, according to the ESD Alliance Market Statistics Service. The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 6%, which represented a... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A ANSYS will acquire Livermore Software Technology Corp. (LSTC), a provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Based in Livermore, CA, LSTC was founded in 1987 to commercialize the DYNA3D technology developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. DYNA3D became the company's premier product LS-DYNA, a general purpose nonlinear finite eleme... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 11


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the challenges of processing-in-memory and the steps involved in building a logic flow on a DRAM process. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding notes that with safety-critical software an ever-present factor in modern life, it's more necessary than ever to take the time to ensure quality and security when failures can be life-threatening. In a video, Mentor's Colin... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus will acquire the Silicon IP, Secure Protocols and Provisioning business from Verimatrix, formerly Inside Secure. The secure silicon IP and provisioning solutions from both companies will be integrated into a single portfolio of products and the embedded security teams from Verimatrix will join Rambus. “Integrating the Verimatrix embedded security team into Rambus, a recognized leader i... » read more

IP’s Growing Impact On Yield And Reliability


Chipmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve first-pass silicon with design IP sourced internally and from different IP providers, and especially with configurable IP. Utilizing poorly qualified IP and waiting for issues to appear during the design-to-verification phase just before tape-out can pose high risks for design houses and foundries alike in terms of cost and time to... » read more

New Technologies To Support 3D-ICs


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss changes required throughout the ecosystem to support three-dimensional (3D) chip design with Norman Chang, chief technologist for the Semiconductor Business Unit of ANSYS; John Park, product management director for IC packaging and cross-platform solutions at Cadence; John Ferguson, director of marketing for DRC applications at Mentor, a Siemens Bus... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 4


Synopsys' Taylor Armerding checks out Apple's newly expanded bug bounty program, with bounty payouts are increasing to compete with malicious actors, and why even with security-oriented development the practice of bug bounties will remain needed. Mentor's Colin Walls shares a few more embedded software tips, this time on external variables, delay loops in real time systems, and meaningful pa... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus completed its acquisition of Northwest Logic, a supplier of memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers. The Hillsboro, OR office of Northwest Logic will remain in place, along with the entire staff. SureCore launched a new low power design service. The company's offering includes concept-to-tape-out low power mixed-signal design expertise such as design and layout capabilities, technol... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 28


Cadence's Paul McLellan takes a look at the numerous challenges in designing and manufacturing Cerebras' massive 400,000 processor, 1.2 trillion transistor chip. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding points to a lack of robust mobile app security and why building in security from the beginning can lead to greater productivity and cost saving. Mentor's Paul Johnston takes a look at what's in store at... » read more

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