Stacks And Stacks

Talking about stacked die is sort of like describing Africa as a country. First of all, it’s wrong—despite some politicians’ statements to the contrary. And second, lumping everything together under a single heading probably adds more confusion than clarity. There are several ways to approach this semantics problem. One is by function. Memory on memory, memory on logic, and logic on l... » read more

Experts At The Table: Multi-Foundry Strategies

By Ed Sperling Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design sat down with Walter Ng, vice president of the IP ecosystem at GlobalFoundries; John Murphy, director of strategic alliances marketing at Cadence; Michael Buehler-Garcia, director of Calibre design solutions marketing at Mentor Graphics; Bob Smith, vice president of marketing and business development at Magma, and Linh Hong, vice president ... » read more

The Future Of ASICS In 3D

By Javier DeLaCruz 3D technology is generating a lot of interest as a way to reduce NRE costs and speed time to market. This is still a nascent approach, so people are looking for a single standard in through-silicon vias (TSVs), primarily to reduce infrastructure costs. Unfortunately, I do not think this will be possible. There are at least two fundamentally different applications for 3D t... » read more

Behind The Analog Frenzy

Analog is suddenly very hot again, and much of it appears to be due to the promise of 2.5D and 3D stacking. Texas Instruments pulled out its checkbook to pay $6.5 billion for National Semiconductor, and Microsemi has offered $28 million for AML Communications, which makes low-noise and high-power microwave amplifiers. So what’s behind these move? In TI’s case, there appears to be a re... » read more

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