Week In Review: IoT, Security, Autos


The United States signed trade agreements with the China (phase one agreement) and North American countries Mexico and Canada this week. The SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association), which represents the U.S. semiconductor industry, applauded the agreements. Still to be worked out is the second part, or phase two, of the U.S.’s agreement with China. AI/Edge M&A Apple is acquiring edge... » read more

Digital Twins In Automotive


The term “digital twin” refers to a new principle that is gaining importance in the development of complex hardware/software systems. In general, it refers to a virtual representation of the real system. This model serves to simulate the functional interactions of the parts, saving time and money by avoiding unnecessary redesign cycles and enabling considerably better optimization of the ov... » read more

Analog: Avoid Or Embrace?


We live in an analog world, but digital processing has proven quicker, cheaper and easier. Moving digital data around is only possible while the physics of wires can be safely abstracted away enough to provide reliable communications. As soon as a signal passes off-chip, the analog domain reasserts control for modern systems. Each of those transitions requires a data converter. The usage ... » read more

CES 2020 Highlights New Automotive Tech


Another year, another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) packed with innovative technology. In the many years I’ve been coming to the show, I’ve seen it evolve from a launchpad for the year’s mainstream devices – televisions, laptops, smartphones – to encompass all manner of smart devices within the home and beyond. As the head of automotive at Arm, it’s that ‘beyond’... » read more

Using Static Analysis For Functional Safety


Fadi Maamari, group director for R&D at Synopsys, explains why static analysis is suddenly in demand in auto chip design, how it can help to choose the best implementation of functional safety approaches, and where it fits into the design flow. » read more

Uses And Limitations Of AI In Chip Design


Raik Brinkmann, president and CEO of OneSpin Solutions, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about AI changes and challenges, new opportunities for using existing technology to improve AI, and vice versa. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What's changing in AI? Brinkmann: There are a couple of big changes underway. One involves AI in functional safety, where y... » read more

Synopsys TestMAX CustomFault


The growth in safety-critical applications has ushered in a paradigm shift in automotive IC functional safety and test coverage analysis. The increased need for safety, low defect rate, and long-term reliability is driving automotive IC designers to augment expert judgment with systematic fault simulation, to ensure a high degree of confidence in their analysis and to comply with the stringent ... » read more

Things That Go Bump In The Daytime


There is no argument that autonomous technology is better at certain things than systems controlled by people. A computer-guided system has only one mission — to stay on the road, avoid object, and reach the end destination. It doesn't get tired, text, or look out the window. And it can park within a millimeter of a wall or another vehicle without hitting it, and do that every time — as lon... » read more

Extreme Quality Semiconductor Manufacturing, Part 1: Automotive


By Ben Tsai and Cathy Perry Sullivan Across the full range of semiconductor device types and design nodes, there is a drive to produce chips with significantly higher quality. Automotive, IoT and other industrial applications require chips that achieve very high reliability over a long period of time, and some of these chips must maintain reliable performance while operating in an environmen... » read more

Planning Ahead For In-System Test Of Automotive ICs


Automobiles are increasingly more like electronic devices than mechanical platforms. As a share of the total cost of a car, electronics components have grown from about 5% in 1970 to 35% in 2010. Electronics are projected to account for 50% by 2030 (Deloitte, 2019). Some of the electronics are for passive operations, like display or In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems, but a growing proportio... » read more

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