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Manufacturing Bits: Feb. 16


Hybrid bonding consortium for packaging A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and several companies have formed a new consortium to propel the development of hybrid bonding technology for chip-packaging applications. The group, called the Chip-to-Wafer (C2W) Hybrid Bonding Consortium, includes A*STAR’s IME organization, Applied Materials, ASM Pacific, Capcon, HD MicroSystems, ONT... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and several chip executives have sent a joint letter to President Biden, urging the administration to include substantial funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research in the U.S. As reported, the share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity in the U.S. has decreased from 37% in 1990 to 12% today. “Semiconductors pow... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Renesas Electronics Corporation will acquire Dialog Semiconductor in an all-cash deal worth about US $5.9 billion. Dialog is a supplier of mixed-signal ICs targeting IoT, consumer, automotive, and industrial. The company's primary areas of focus were communications and power control. These products are complementary to existing Renesas embedded compute products. Dialog CEO Dr. Jalal Bagherli... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Feb. 2


Capacitor-less DRAM At the recent 2020 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), Imec presented a paper on a novel capacitor-less DRAM cell architecture. DRAM is used for main memory in systems, and today’s most advanced devices are based on roughly 18nm to 15nm processes. The physical limit for DRAM is somewhere around 10nm. DRAM itself is based on a one-transistor, one-capacito... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 29


Chiplet-based exascale computers At the recent IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), CEA-Leti presented a paper on a 3D chiplet technology that enables exascale-level computing systems. The United States and other nations are working on exascale supercomputers. Today’s supercomputers are measured in floating point operations per second. The world’s fastest supercomputers c... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Mentor unveiled Tessent Streaming Scan Network software for its Tessent TestKompress software. The new solution includes embedded infrastructure and automation that decouples core-level DFT requirements from the chip-level test delivery resources for a simplified bottom-up DFT flow. The bus-based scan data distribution architecture enables simultaneous testing of any number of cores and ... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 23


Arm's Matthew Mattina introduces a method to reduce the cost of neural network inference by combining both low-precision representation and the complexity-reducing Winograd transform while maintaining accuracy. Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out some of the biggest machine learning systems from Nvidia, Google, and Cerebras that were presented at the recent Hot Chips. Mentor's Robin Bornof... » read more

Zeroing In On Biological Computing


Artificial spiking neural networks need to replicate both excitatory and inhibitory biological neurons in order to emulate the neural activation patterns seen in biological brains. Doing this with CMOS-based designs is challenging because of the large circuit footprint required. However, researchers at HP Labs observed that one biologically plausible model, the Hodgkins-Huxley model, is math... » read more

Spiking Neural Networks: Research Projects or Commercial Products?


Spiking neural networks (SNNs) often are touted as a way to get close to the power efficiency of the brain, but there is widespread confusion about what exactly that means. In fact, there is disagreement about how the brain actually works. Some SNN implementations are less brain-like than others. Depending on whom you talk to, SNNs are either a long way away or close to commercialization. Th... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive Imagination Technologies and BAIC Capital have formed an automotive joint venture to create a new automotive fabless semiconductor company focused on China as a client. The JV will be headquartered in the Zhongguancun Integrated Circuit Design Park in Beijing, China, with Bravo Lee serving as CEO. The JV will license IP and software from Imagination to create automotive-grade SoCs. ... » read more

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