How Robust Is Your ESD Protection? Are You Sure?

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection is critical at advanced nodes to safeguard designs against effects intensified by shrinking transistor dimensions and oxide layer thicknesses. On the other hand, ESD protection checks are consuming vastly more runtime and memory due to the growing die sizes of system-on-chips (SoCs) and the number of transistors they can hold. Designers are facing increa... » read more

Power Grid Analysis Heats Up At 20nm

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Do a simple Internet search for the term ‘power grid analysis’ and most of the results are academic sources. However, given the physics of either planar or finFET at 20nm and below, the power grid will see significant impacts. Overall, there are a number of technical implications of migrating from 28nm down to 20, 16 or 14 nm, with further impacts of moving fro... » read more

Dangerous Electricity

By Ann Steffora Mutschler Electricity to the modern age is as indispensible as air, but too much can be a bad thing for automotive and aerospace applications—especially when it is in the form of electrostatic discharge (ESD). As chips advance to 28nm, 20nm and 16nm, the design window for electrostatic discharge is shrinking for a number of reasons, explained Norman Chang is vice presi... » read more