The Week In Review: Design


M&A Qualcomm expanded its AI portfolio, acquiring machine learning startup Scyfer B.V., a spinoff of the University of Amsterdam. Founded in 2013, Scyfer has consulted on object classification, defect inspection, and traffic prediction projects across a range of industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Numbers Synopsys released third quarter financial results with revenue of $... » read more

How Reliable Are FinFETs?


Stringent safety requirements in the automotive and industrial sectors are forcing chipmakers to re-examine a number of factors that can impact reliability over the lifespan of a device. Many of these concerns are not new. Electrical overstress (EOS), electrostatic discharge (ESD) and [getkc id="160" kc_name="electromigration"] (EM) are well understood, and have been addressed by EDA tools f... » read more

Auto Suppliers: More Than Chips


The semiconductor industry is revving up its present and future contributions to advanced driver-assistance systems and autonomous driving. Those areas represent tremendous growth opportunities for chips, modules, and software going into automotive electronics. There’s also the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in automotive design, which are brand new c... » read more

Using CNNs To Speed Up Systems


Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are becoming one of the key differentiators in system performance, reversing a decades-old trend that equated speed with processor clock frequencies, the number of transistors, and the instruction set architecture. Even with today's smartphones and PCs, it's difficult for users to differentiate between processors with 6, 8 or 16 cores. But as the amount o... » read more

Advanced Packaging Moves To Cars


By Ann Steffora Mutschler and Ed Sperling As automotive OEMs come up to speed on electrification of vehicles, each at their own pace, they are starting to embrace novel packaging approaches as a way to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market. Wirebond used to dominate this market, where most of the chips were relatively unsophisticated and product cycles were slowâ€... » read more

The Year Of Autonomous Cars


The move to fully autonomous vehicles is supposed to happen in 2021. Some carmakers say they will be ready by 2020. But a growing number of engineers and scientists who develop technology for this market don't believe those dates are realistic. Dozens of interviews conducted over the past several months point to a likely rollout of fully autonomous vehicles—steering wheel optional—somewh... » read more

Altering A Car’s Behavior With Updates


The electronic content inside a car is growing rapidly, which is having a big effect on the way in which different vehicles are designed and built. As a direct consequence of this, the biggest technical change is now beginning to happen – one that overturns the traditional relationship between the car manufacturer and the car owner. With many subsystems now controlled by microprocessors ru... » read more

5 Big Under-The-Hood Engineering Challenges In Building Autonomous Vehicles


Stories about autonomous vehicles are regular fare in the tech news cycle and usually include forecasts about the eventual ascendancy of self-driving cars. The Boston Consulting Group, for example, says that by 2035, 25% of all cars will have partial or full autonomy, with total global sales growing from near-zero levels in 2015 to $42 billion in 2025 and ~ $77 billion by 2035. In short few ye... » read more

IP Business Changing As Markets Shift


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss IP protection, tracking and reuse with Srinath Anantharaman, CEO of [getentity id="22203" e_name="ClioSoft"]; and Jeff Galloway, CTO of Silicon Creations; Marc Greenberg, group director of product marketing for [getentity id="22032" e_name="Cadence"]'s IP Group; and John Koeter, vice president of marketing for [getentity id="22035" e_name="Synopsys"... » read more

Explosive Growth Ahead


Over the next five years, sales across the semiconductor supply chain will double from $2 trillion to $4 trillion, said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI, during the opening presentation at Semicon West this month. These are gigantic numbers, and they reflect some massive shifts now underway across the semiconductor industry. Many chipmakers have been trying to figure out the next big ... » read more

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