Executive Insight: Jack Harding

[getperson id="11145" comment="Jack Harding"], president and CEO of [getentity id="22242" e_name="eSilicon"], sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about consolidation, business relationships, what it will take to survive in the IoT age, and how to better optimize chips. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: We’ve been looking at consolidation for a while and all th... » read more


Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 1080 gaming graphics card is a piece of work. Employing the company’s Pascal architecture and featuring chips made with a 16nm [getkc id="185" kc_name="finFET"] process, the GTX 1080’s GP104 graphics processing units boast 7.2 billion transistors, running at 1.6 GHz, and it can be overclocked to 1.733 GHz. The die size is 314 mm², 21% smaller than its GeForce ... » read more

2.5D Becomes A Reality

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss 2.5D and advanced packaging with Max Min, senior technical manager at [getentity id="22865" e_name="Samsung"]; Rob Aitken, an [getentity id="22186" comment="ARM"] fellow; John Shin, vice president at [getentity id="22903" e_name="Marvell"]; Bill Isaacson, director of ASIC marketing at [getentity id="22242" e_name="eSilicon"]; Frank Ferro, senior di... » read more

Have Margins Outlived Their Usefulness?

To automate the process of solving complex design problems, the traditional approach has been to partition them into smaller, manageable tasks. For each task, we have built the best possible solution which we continuously refine over time. Additionally, we have managed the interdependencies between tasks by defining boundaries or margins; these often have been best- and worst-case values used t... » read more

Reprogrammable, Reprogrammable, Reprogrammable

By Alex Grove I like FPGAs. My first experience with an FPGA was my university final year project where I demonstrated BIST with four Xilinx© 3000 devices; this was before FPGAs had JTAG built in. Filling up these devices with ViewDraw schematics required many hours in front of a terminal. Fast track to today’s advances such as Xilinx UltraScale and Vivado HLx, and I hope you would agree ... » read more

C-Based SoC Design Flow And EDA Tools

This paper examines the achievements and future of SoC design methodology and design flow from the viewpoints of an in- house EDA team of an ASIC and system vendor. We initially discuss the problems of the design productivity gap caused by the SoC’s complexity and the timing closure caused by deep submicron technology. To solve these two problems, we propose a C-based SoC design environment t... » read more

An Inside Look At The GlobalFoundries-IBM Deal

GlobalFoundries' proposed acquisition of IBM Microelectronics is the kind of deal that will have business schools talking for many years to come—a gargantuan combination of expertise and technology, built on the back of high-profile business successes and failures, long-running legal struggles and global politics—with far-reaching implications for all parts of the semiconductor supply chain... » read more

The New ASIC

By Javier DeLaCruz The current state of the art For years, large ASICs like the ones used in network processing, supercomputing and high-end personal computing have had very interesting similarities. The figure below is a fairly typical floorplan of such an ASIC. After taping out over a dozen of these types of chips a year, it is interesting to see that the interfaces have changed, processo... » read more

End User Report: Reliability

John Kern, vice president of product operations inside Cisco Systems’ customer value chain management group, sat down with Low-Power Engineering to talk about the company’s internal focus on reliability and what factors are causing the most concern. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. By Ed Sperling LPE: How does Cisco gauge reliability? John Kern: The bulk of our re... » read more

Feel The (Low) Power

By Clive (Max) Maxfield When I designed my first ASIC way back in the mists of time (circa 1980), its power consumption was the last thing on my mind. You have to remember that we're talking about a device containing only about 2,000 equivalent gates implemented in a 5 micron technology. Also, I was designing this little scamp as a gate-register-level schematic using pencil and paper (I pr... » read more

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