The Price Of Consolidation

Consolidation is causing far-reaching changes across the global semiconductor ecosystem due to the size of companies being bought and the dearth of startups to replenish those being acquired. Coupled with the rising cost and difficulty of shrinking features down to advanced process nodes—many argue that is the largest driver of consolidation—the market dynamics for who's buying IP, EDA t... » read more

Consolidation And Innovation

Consolidation is happening across the semiconductor industry, in ways that are very apparent and others that aren't so obvious. On the chipmaker side, NXP's acquisition of Freescale, Avago's acquisition of Broadcom and LSI, and Intel's acquisition of Altera are so big that they require approval by multiple governments. Less obvious are moves such as Apple's build out of its processor team, a... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 15

Obesity makes your liver age faster, but you'll need a sophisticated biological clock to see that. Ansys' Bill Vandermark uncovers the top 5 engineering articles of the week. This one includes cyborg horses and an implanted prosthetic arm. Mentor's Colin Walls takes a look at "hard" and "soft" real time. It sounds like something out of a Salvador Dali painting. Rambus' Aharon Etengoff t... » read more

Ubiquitous Trend In Design for Power (DFP) For IP And SoCs

Semiconductor design engineers must meet power specification thresholds, or power budgets, that are dictated by the electronic system vendors to whom they sell their products. Analyzing and reducing power across the board in all market segments has become a key requirement and a differentiator, especially over last 8 to 10 years for IP and IP-based SoC designers. Many products live and die due ... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 10

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna is searching for patterns and trends in the industry, ranging from big data and the cloud to the IoT. Check out the four V’s. The market for wearables is gaining momentum. Apple made a huge deal out of its Apple Watch this week, but it wasn’t alone. ARM’s David Maidment is on the ground in Berlin looking at the new gear based on Android. Mentor’s John... » read more

Making Software Better

Gauging the energy efficiency of software is a difficult task. There are many types of software, from embedded code all the way up to software that controls various modes of operation to downloaded applications. Some software interacts with other software, while other software works independently. And some works better on one SoC configuration than another, or on one iteration of an operating s... » read more

Established Nodes Getting New Attention

As the price of shrinking features increases below 28nm, there has been a corresponding push to create new designs at established nodes using everything from near-threshold computing to back biasing and mostly accurate analog sensors. The goals of power, performance and cost haven’t changed, but there is a growing realization among many chipmakers that the formula can be improved upon with... » read more

System-Aware SoC Power, Noise And Reliability Sign-Off

In globally competitive markets for mobile, consumer and automotive electronic systems, the critical success factors are power consumption, performance and reliability. To manage these conflicting requirements, design teams consider multiple options, including the use of advanced process technology nodes — especially FinFET-based devices. These advanced technology nodes allow chips to operate... » read more

Raising The Abstraction Of Power: Trends

Given that design requirements for today’s SoCs go well beyond performance and area, energy efficiency and its impact on system design plays a major role for many end applications ranging from wireless sensor networks to autonomous vehicles as well as emerging applications in the Internet of Things market segment, where cooling capability is limited and expensive. For these reasons, a comp... » read more

EDA Economics Changing

From most perspectives, there has never been a better time to be in the EDA business. Automation tools are in demand as complexity rises, and new companies jumping into the semiconductor business are starting out with commercially available tools rather than developing their own—and taking years, sometimes even decades, to replace them. EDA’s slice of the semiconductor market consistent... » read more

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