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Increasing Performance With Data Acceleration


Increasing demand for functions that require a relatively high level of acceleration per unit of data is providing a foothold for in-line accelerator cards, which could mean new opportunities for some vendors and a potential threat for others. For years, either CPUs, or CPUs with FPGA accelerators, met most market needs. But the rapid increase in the volume of data everywhere, coupled with t... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Intel intends to take Mobileye public in mid-2022 on a US market through an IPO of newly issued stock. The subsidiary, which Intel acquired in 2017, develops SoCs for ADAS and autonomous driving solutions. Mobileye has achieved record revenue year-over-year with 2021 gains expected to be more than 40 percent higher than 2020, highlighting the powerful benefits to both companies of our ongoing p... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Imperas Software released updated simulator and reference models that support the latest RISC-V extensions for Bit Manipulation 1.0.0, Cryptographic (Scalar) 1.0.0, and Vector 1.0, plus Privilege Specification 1.12. They are offered both as freely available, open-source reference models for the RISC-V community as well as commercial products. Ansys' multiphysics signoff solutions were... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 20


Siemens EDA's Sumit Vishwakarma promotes ironing out preliminary bugs by using a real number model to describe an analog block as a discrete floating-point model and enable it to simulate in a digital solver at near-digital simulation speeds. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding explains how including security in the software development process from the beginning planning stages onward will help IoT ... » read more

Making Test Transparent With Better Data


Data is critical for a variety of processes inside the fab. The challenge is getting enough consistent data from different equipment and then plugging it back into the design, manufacturing, and test flows to quickly improve the process and uncover hard-to-find defective die. Progress is being made. The inspection and test industry is on the cusp of having more dynamic ways to access the dat... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Valens Semiconductor will become a publicly traded company on NYSE as VLN after a merger with PTK Acquisition Corp. Valens provides long-reach, high-speed video and data transmission for the audio-video and automotive industries. The transaction is expected to provide proceeds of approximately $240 million, including up to $115 million in trust from PTK Acquisition Corp. (assuming no redemption... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A Synopsys acquired Moortec, a provider of in-chip monitoring technology specializing in process, voltage and temperature (PVT) sensors. Moortec's sensors will be a key component to Synopsys' new Silicon Lifecycle Management (SLM) platform. "This acquisition accelerates the expansion of our SLM platform by providing our customers with a comprehensive data-analytics-driven solution for de... » read more

Why Data Format Slows Chip Manufacturing Progress


The Standard Test Data Format (STDF), a workhorse data format used to pull test results data from automated test equipment, is running out of steam after 35 years. It is unable to keep up with the explosive increase in data generated by more sensors in various semiconductor manufacturing processes. First developed in 1985 by Teradyne, STDF is a binary format that is translated into ASCII or ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Arm spun out Cerfe Labs to develop and license new types of non-volatile memories based on correlated electron materials (CeRAM) and ferroelectric transistors (FeFETs). Arm CeRAM researchers will join Cerfe Labs and assume ownership of the Arm joint development project with Symetrix Corporation. Read more about the new company and its technology in Cerfe Labs: Spin-On Memory. Tools & IP ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Silvaco acquired the assets of Coupling Wave Solutions (CWS), including IP, patents, and analysis technologies. CWS provides tools for system-level interference analysis of complex SoCs that integrate analog, RF, and digital blocks. Silvaco said that the acquisition expands the company’s portfolio to address RF SOI (Silicon on Insulator) substrate analysis to accurately model and simulate noi... » read more

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