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Chip Industry’s Technical Paper Roundup: Dec. 5


New technical papers added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library this week. [table id=67 /] If you have research papers you are trying to promote, we will review them to see if they are a good fit for our global audience. At a minimum, papers need to be well researched and documented, relevant to the semiconductor ecosystem, and free of marketing bias. There is no cost involved for u... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, Mobility The U.S. space agency NASA entered a $57.2 million contract with ICON to develop technology to build roads on the moon. ICON, a Texas-based 3D printing construction company, has been working with NASA and the U.S. Air Force on construction technologies that can use local materials to build infrastructure on Mars. NASA is working on advanced 3D printing construction systems... » read more

MAC Operation on 28nm High-k Metal Gate FeFET-based Memory Array with ADC (Fraunhofer IPMS/GF)


A technical paper titled "Demonstration of Multiply-Accumulate Operation With 28 nm FeFET Crossbar Array" was published by researchers at Fraunhofer IPMS and GlobalFoundries. Abstract "This letter reports a linear multiply-accumulate (MAC) operation conducted on a crossbar memory array based on 28nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) and ferroelectric fi... » read more

Detection Of Electric Vehicles And Photovoltaic Systems In Smart Meter Data


In the course of the switch to renewable energy sources, there is a shift from a few large energy sources (power plants) to a large number of small, distributed energy sources (e.g., photovoltaic systems) and energy storage devices (e.g., electric vehicles). This results in the need to know and identify these energy sources and sinks as soon as new devices are installed, in order to ensure grid... » read more

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive and Mobility Lyft launched a new robotaxi service that operates on and around the Las Vegas Strip using the electric Ioniq 5 vehicle from Motional. Similar services by other companies are currently in use in a handful of other U.S. cities, including San Francisco and Phoenix. The new Lyft service currently requires the presence of safety drivers, though Lyft and Motional say it will... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility The head of Tesla’s Autopilot division — Andrej Karpathy — resigned from the company after Tesla laid off 200 people in its Autopilot division and the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration broadened its safety investigation of Tesla’s Autopilot. The NHTSA last month broadened its August 2021 investigation, which was looking at why Tesla cars on... » read more

Attenuated Phase Shift Masks (attPSM) For EUV (Fraunhofer IISB)


New research paper titled "Attenuated phase shift masks: a wild card resolution enhancement for extreme ultraviolet lithography?," from researchers at Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Systeme und Bauelementetechnologie IISB (Germany). Aim: "We review published research on attenuated phase shift masks (attPSM) for EUV with special emphasis on modeling and fundamental understanding of the ... » read more

Week in Review: Manufacturing, Test


Breaking the Logjam The U.S. government’s delay in funding strategic chip capacity is threatening supply chains that are critical to national security. In fact, classified meetings are being held this week on the subject. Meanwhile, recognizing that time is of the essence, a group of billionaires has backed the “America’s Frontier Fund,” a non-profit group that aims to spur U.S. chipma... » read more

Continuous Integration For Digital Design


By Christian Skubich and Nico Peter In 2001, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development [1] laid the foundation for many modern software development processes. Today, 20 years later, agile methods are in widespread use in numerous domains. Out of the participants in the study Status Quo (Scaled) Agile 2020 [2], only 9% still relied on classic project management methods. One core element... » read more

Design Meets EDA: Gaps And Countermeasures In Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design


Along the path from specification to silicon, the design of analog/mixed-signal chips comprises a variety of challenges. They are of technological, methodological, organizational, communicational, and business nature. Additionally, large gaps are to be managed among the individual challenges. Still up to now, approaches such as the “four eye principle” are used even in industrial practice i... » read more

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