Chip Industry Week In Review


Applied Materials may scale back or cancel its $4 billion new Silicon Valley R&D facility in light of the U.S. government's recent announcement to reduce funding for construction, modernization, or expansion of semiconductor research and development (R&D) facilities in the United States, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. TSMC could receive up to $6.6 billion in direct funding... » read more

Blog Review: Mar. 27


Cadence's Steve Brown suggests that multi-die technologies will be a key part of the path toward a faster, more efficient chip ecosystem that can support the compressed development cycles now emerging in the automotive industry. Synopsys' John Swanson, Madhumita Sanyal, and Priyank Shukla point to the role of simulation in ensuring seamless operation in the Ethernet ecosystem though rigorous... » read more

ESD Alliance And SEMI Efforts To Combat Design Automation Software Piracy


Piracy is a growing concern for all software providers, especially those of us with complex and specialized software, such as chip design automation software that is expensive to develop and maintain. That’s why the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), a SEMI Technology Community, spearheaded an industry joint development effort to develop a server certification protocol that ... » read more

Blog Review: Mar. 13


Cadence's Geeta Arora explains the Address Translation Service in PCIe 6.0, which allows an I/O device to perform its own virtual to physical address translations without relying on the host's CPU to reduce latency and improve overall system performance. Synopsys' John Swanson, Jon Ames, Priyank Shukla, and Varun Agrawal highlight the upcoming 1.6T iteration of the Ethernet standard and the ... » read more

Blog Review: Mar. 6


Synopsys' Gandharv Bhatara notes that successfully deploying high-NA EUV will rely on computational lithography to provide accurate modeling of aberrations, compact 3D mask modeling, and expand inverse lithography to full-chip processing. Cadence's John Park argues for using a systematic and automated system for co-design and co-analysis of multi-die packages to reduce the margin for human e... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 7


Synopsys' Ian Land, Kenneth Larsen, and Rob Aitken find that a new approach will be required to ensure that higher volume 3D heterogeneous integration (3DHI) designs can function reliably and successfully in aerospace, defense, and government systems. Siemens' John Golding provides a primer on the fundamental concepts related to signal integrity, including key topics such as transmission lin... » read more

EDA Back On Investors’ Radar


EDA is transforming from a staid but strategic sector into a hot investment market, fueled by strong earnings and growth, a clamoring for leading-edge and increasingly customized designs across new and existing markets, and the rollout of advanced technologies such as AI for a range of tools that will be needed to develop new architectures with much greater performance per watt. A confluence... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


By Jesse Allen, Karen Heyman, and Liz Allan Renesas will acquire Transphorm, which designs and manufactures gallium nitride power devices, for about $339 million. GaN, which is a wide-bandgap technology, is used for high-voltage applications in a slew of markets, including EVs and EV fast chargers, as well as data centers and industrial applications. Cadence acquired Invecas, a provider o... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 6


Cadence's Vinod Khera checks out potential implications of generative AI for EDA, including how it could increase the learning rate of students and reduce the rising verification cost. Synopsys' Kiran Vittal considers the driving factors behind RISC-V's growth and why it is becoming increasingly important for applications ranging from automotive to 5G mobile, AI, and data centers. Siemens... » read more

Looking Forward To The New Chip Cycle


Charles Shi, Principal and Senior Analyst at Needham & Company, LLC., remains upbeat about the EDA, IP and services business, or what SEMI refers to as the electronic system design (ESD) ecosystem. I recently spoke with Shi about his talk “Looking Forward to the New Chip Cycle” during the opening of the 2023 Design Automation Conference, collocated in July with SEMICON West in San Fra... » read more

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