Is It Time To Take Inductance And Electromagnetic Effects On SoCs Seriously?


Electromagnetic (EM) crosstalk impact on SoC performance has been a topic of discussion for a number of years, but how seriously have designers put EM crosstalk detection and avoidance into their SoC design practice? With increasing demand for faster bandwidth, lower power and higher density electronic systems, isn’t it about time to take inductance and EM effects seriously? This topic will b... » read more

Chip Dis-Integration


Just because something can be done does not always mean that it should be done. One segment of the semiconductor industry is learning the hard way that continued chip integration has a significant downside. At the same time, another another group has just started to see the benefits of consolidating functionality onto a single substrate. Companies that have been following Moore's Law and hav... » read more

Improving Test Coverage And Eliminating Test Escapes Using Analog Defect Analysis


While the analog and mixed-signal components are the leading source of test escapes that result in field failures, the lack of tools to analyze the test coverage during design has made it difficult for designers to address the issue. In this white paper, we explore the methodology for performing analog fault simulation of test coverage based on defect-oriented testing. In addition, we look at h... » read more

Extending The IC Roadmap


An Steegen, executive vice president of semiconductor technology and systems at Imec, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss IC scaling and chip packaging. Imec is working on next-generation transistors, but it is also developing several new technologies for IC packaging, such as a proprietary silicon bridge, a cooling technology and packaging modules. What follows are excerpts of t... » read more

Analog Migration Equals Redesign


Analog design has never been easy. Engineers can spend their entire careers focused just on phase-locked loops (PLLs), because to get them right the functionality of circuits need to be understood in depth, including how they respond across different process corners and different manufacturing processes. In the finFET era, those challenges have only intensified for analog circuits. Reuse, fo... » read more

200mm Fab Crunch


Growing demand for analog, MEMS and RF chips continues to cause acute shortages for both 200mm fab capacity and equipment, and it shows no sign of letting up. Today, 200mm fab capacity is tight with a similar situation projected for the second half of 2018 and perhaps well into 2019. In fact, 2018 will likely represent the third consecutive year that 200mm fab capacity will be tight. The sam... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A IoT-focused memory chipmaker Adesto Technologies acquired S3 Semiconductors, a provider of mixed-signal and RF ASICs and IP. Based in Ireland, S3 Semiconductors was founded in 1986. S3 Semiconductors will become a business unit of Adesto and will continue to operate under its current model in the $35 million deal. S3 Semiconductor's parent company, S3 Group, will continue as a separate... » read more

Multiphysics Challenges For EDA Tools


Cost and performance are the main drivers for scaling of integrated circuits. However, some applications do not scale as easily as others. This is particularly true for analog circuits and everything related to high voltage and high power. Still, the demand for these kind of applications is growing rapidly due to new emerging markets such as Industry 4.0, IoT, and e-mobility. In the automoti... » read more

Engineering Challenges for Viable Autonomous Vehicles


The rise of autonomous and electric vehicles brings with it a host of engineering implications, including an increase in the number and variety of sensors in the vehicle, increasing software and hardware complexity, massive validation and verification cycles, heightened safety and security requirements, and new demands for digital data continuity. This paper is an overview of how six interdisci... » read more

Tech Talk: Analog Simplified


Benjamin Prautsch, Fraunhofer EAS' group manager for advanced mixed-signal automation, talks about how to simplify and speed up analog IP development, its role in IoT and IIoT/Industry 4.0, and why this is becoming so important for advanced packaging and advanced process nodes. https://youtu.be/6ISL1A7Wy_I » read more

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