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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools and IP Scandinavian researchers used a laser-powered chip to transmit about 1.84 petabytes of data over a fiber optic cable in one second. The scientists said the technology could lead to faster broadband speeds and reduce the amount of energy used to keep the internet running. Imec said the semiconductor industry is likely to see increasing separation of power delivery and signal rou... » read more

A Power-First Approach


It is becoming evidently clear that heat will be the limiter for the future of semiconductors. Already, large percentages of a chip are dark at any time, because if everything operated at the same time the amount of heat generated would exceed the ability of the chip and package to dissipate that energy. If we now start to contemplate stacking dies, where the ability to extract heat remains con... » read more

EDA, IP Revenue Way Up


EDA and semiconductor IP sales grew 17.5% to $3.75 billion in Q2, the highest growth in more than a decade, fueled by more complex designs and the need for advanced design and verification tools. Demand for nearly every segment tracked in SEMI's Electronic Design Market Data (EDMD) report was up, including services, which grew 23.2% in Q2 — the most recent statistics available in. That cou... » read more

What Is The Definition Of Design For Context?


EDA industry pundits and bloggers are latching onto a new term: design for context. So far, it has eluded a crisp yet complete definition. It's one of those ideas that if you ask ten people about it, you get ten different answers – some better than others. Ed Sperling wryly observed this in his recent panel discussions about the topic: "Even my questions are getting longer." When Keysight lis... » read more

IC Architectures Shift As OEMs Narrow Their Focus


Diminishing returns from process scaling, coupled with pervasive connectedness and an exponential increase in data, are driving broad changes in how chips are designed, what they're expected to do, and how quickly they're supposed to do it. In the past, tradeoffs between performance, power, and cost were defined mostly by large OEMs within the confines of an industry-wide scaling roadmap. Ch... » read more

10 Questions: Handel Jones


Handel Jones, CEO of International Business Strategies and author of a new book, "When AI Rules The World," sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the growth and impact of AI. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What do you see as the impact of AI on semiconductors? Jones: The fact that you have a 5G smart phone is because of AI. Steve Jobs changed the smart... » read more

Chasing The Next Level Of Productivity


The keynotes at the recent Design Automation Conference (DAC) gave some great insights into the direction of semiconductor technology and chip and system design. For the first time in a long time, my family members and friends have gained awareness of the importance of semiconductors and electronic design automation. I think this means it is also time to look back on where productivity improvem... » read more

Machine Learning-Driven Full-Flow Chip Design Automation


To enable the semiconductor industry to continue growing, the chip design process must become more efficient. With the availability of massive, cloud-enabled, distributed computing and advancements in machine learning computer science, the next chip design automation revolution is now possible. The Cadence® Cerebrus™ Intelligent Chip Explorer utilizes both of these technologies, based o... » read more

Autonomous Design Automation: How Far Are We?


The year is 2009, during the Design Automation Conference (DAC) at a press dinner in a posh little restaurant in San Francisco’s Civic Center. About two glasses of red wine in, one of the journalists challenges the table: “So, how far away are we from the black box that we feed with our design requirements and it produces the design that we send to the foundry?” We discussed all the indus... » read more

Does EDA Sell Fear?


I worked in the EDA industry for over 30 years and a common lament I heard was that the EDA industry survived by selling fear. Your new chip will fail if you do not buy the latest tool offering. There always seemed to be a natural dislike for the EDA industry and many users thought the industry overcharged and was unable to innovate. I never quite understood the reasoning. A recent comment, ... » read more

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