Will Domain-Specific ICs Become Ubiquitous?


Questions are surfacing for all types of design, ranging from small microcontrollers to leading-edge chips, over whether domain-specific design will become ubiquitous, or whether it will fall into the historic pattern of customization first, followed by lower-cost, general-purpose components. Custom hardware always has been a double-edged sword. It can provide a competitive edge for chipmake... » read more

Enabling Multiscale Simulation


As product development teams face increasingly complex challenges — including the need for greater sustainability — there’s a growing awareness of the critical contributions made by materials. Many of our most pressing engineering challenges, from renewable energy grids to green transportation, rely on identifying or creating the right materials. Historically, materials discovery, mate... » read more

Power/Performance Costs In Chip Security


Hackers ranging from hobbyists to corporate spies and nation states are continually poking and prodding for weaknesses in data centers, cars, personal computers, and every other electronic device, resulting in a growing effort to build security into chips and electronic systems. The current estimate is that 60% of chips and systems have some type of security built in, and that percentage is ... » read more

Blog Review: May 15


Cadence's Anika Sunda suggests that RISC-V has opened numerous doors for innovation and believes EDA tools can help bridge the knowledge gap and foster a growing community of RISC-V developers. Synopsys' Alessandra Costa chats with industry experts about challenges facing analog design, what's needed for multi-die designs, and the potential of AI. Siemens' Bill Ji explains why understandi... » read more

Innovating Electric Mobility: Simulation Solutions For Electric Machines


Automakers desire solutions that can easily scale to new applications of next generation vehicles. Electrified propulsion technology is one main area where EV engineers are pushing the boundaries. Electric machine design and integration choices have system-level impacts that directly influence an automaker’s time to market and even overall market adoption. With Ansys multiphysics simulatio... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


Synopsys refocused its security priorities around chips, striking a deal to sell off its Software Integrity Group subsidiary to private equity firms Clearlake Capital Group and Francisco Partners for about $2.1 billion. That deal comes on the heels of Synopsys' recent acquisition of Intrinsic ID, which develops physical unclonable function IP. Sassine Ghazi, Synopsys' president and CEO, said in... » read more

Blog Review: May 8


Synopsys' Manuel Mota and Michael Posner look to UCIe as a complete stack for the die-to-die interconnect in multi-die chip designs, finding it can help maintain latency while reducing power and enhancing performance along with providing assurance of interoperability. Cadence's Durlov Khan highlights the Octal SPI interface for serial NAND flash, which enables 8-bit wide high bandwidth synch... » read more

Can Models Created With AI Be Trusted?


EDA models that are created using AI need to pass more stringent quality and cost benefit analysis compared to many AI applications in the broader industry. Money is hanging on the line if AI gets it wrong, and all the associated costs must be factored into the equation. Models are some of the most expensive things a development team can create, and it is important to understand the value th... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


Samsung and Synopsys collaborated on the first production tapeout of a high-performance mobile SoC design, including CPUs and GPUs, using the Synopsys.ai EDA suite on Samsung Foundry's gate-all-around (GAA) process. Samsung plans to begin mass production of 2nm process GAA chips in 2025, reports BusinessKorea. UMC developed the first radio frequency silicon on insulator (RF-SOI)-based 3D IC ... » read more

Fundamental Issues In Computer Vision Still Unresolved


Given computer vision’s place as the cornerstone of an increasing number of applications from ADAS to medical diagnosis and robotics, it is critical that its weak points be mitigated, such as the ability to identify corner cases or if algorithms are trained on shallow datasets. While well-known bloopers are often the result of human decisions, there are also fundamental technical issues that ... » read more

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