The Race For Better Computational Software


Anirudh Devgan, president of Cadence, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about computational software, why it's so critical at the edge and in AI systems, and where the big changes are across the semiconductor industry. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: There is no consistent approach to how data will be processed at the edge, in part because there is no consis... » read more

IP’s Growing Impact On Yield And Reliability


Chipmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to achieve first-pass silicon with design IP sourced internally and from different IP providers, and especially with configurable IP. Utilizing poorly qualified IP and waiting for issues to appear during the design-to-verification phase just before tape-out can pose high risks for design houses and foundries alike in terms of cost and time to... » read more

Siemens-Mentor Deal Retrospective


Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens Business, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the acquisition of Mentor Graphics, the shift toward more customized design, and where AI fits into the design picture. SE: How does a company like Siemens see the EDA industry evolving? Hemmelgarn: Part of the reason we bought Mentor Grap... » read more

Power Modeling Standard Released


Power is becoming a more important aspect of semiconductor design, but without an industry standard for power models, adoption is likely to be slow and fragmented. That is why Si2 and the IEEE decided to do something about it. Back in 2014, the IEEE expanded its interest in power standards with the creation of two new groups IEEE P2415 - Standard for Unified Hardware Abstraction and Layer fo... » read more

More Semiconductor Data Moving To Cloud


The cloud is booming. After years of steady growth it has begun to spike, creating new options for design, test, analytics and AI, all of which have an impact on every segment of the semiconductor industry. The initial idea behind the cloud is that it would supplement processing done on premises, adding extra processing power wherever necessary, such as in the verification and debug stages o... » read more

Taking EDA To The Cloud


By now, virtually everyone knows about the “cloud”—that amorphous delivery of computing services over the Internet. Servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence, and more are all on offer. Clouds may be private and limited to a single organization (enterprise clouds), be available to many organizations (public cloud), or a combination of both (hybrid cloud). ... » read more

From Constraints to Tape-Out: Towards A Continuous AMS Design Flow


The effort in designing analog/mixed-signal (AMS) integrated circuits is characterized by the largely manual work involved in the design of analog cells and their integration into the overall circuit. This inequality in effort between analog and digital cells increases with the use of modern, more complex technology nodes. To mitigate this problem, this paper presents four methods to improve ex... » read more

EDA, IP Grow 16.3%


EDA and IP revenue rebounded in Q1, with all geographies reporting increases, according to the ESD Alliance Market Statistics Service. Total revenue increased to 16.3% to $2.606 billion, up from $2.241 billion in the same period in 2018. The global numbers do not reflect the impact of a trade war between the United States and China, which occurred in Q2, but they do point to a significant re... » read more

Test Chips Play Larger Role At Advanced Nodes


Test chips are becoming more widespread and more complex at advanced process nodes as design teams utilize early silicon to diagnose problems prior to production. But this approach also is spurring questions about whether this approach is viable at 7nm and 5nm, due to the rising cost of prototyping advanced technology, such as mask tooling and wafer costs. Semiconductor designers have long b... » read more

Verification In The Cloud


Christen Decoin, senior director of business development at Synopsys, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about what’s changed for EDA in the cloud, why it has taken so long, and what new benefits the cloud will offer. Rules have changed at foundries, and the customer base for designs is evolving. » read more

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