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Why It’s So Difficult — And Costly — To Secure Chips


Rising concerns about the security of chips used in everything from cars to data centers are driving up the cost and complexity of electronic systems in a variety of ways, some obvious and others less so. Until very recently, semiconductor security was viewed more as a theoretical threat than a real one. Governments certainly worried about adversaries taking control of secure systems through... » read more

Will Markets For ML Models Materialize?


Developers are spending increasing amounts of time and effort in creating machine-learning (ML) models for use in a wide variety of applications. While this will continue as the market matures, at some point some of these efforts might be seen as reinventing models over and over. Will developers of successful models ever have a marketplace in which they can sell those models as IP to other d... » read more

Traction Inverters Are A Key Application For Electrified Vehicle Designs


High efficiency increases range and reduces cooling efforts while optimized power density assists with space and weight. As sales volumes increase, the focus is shifting to automated manufacturing with increasing quality requirements. The most fundamental system in all electric vehicles is the powertrain and, at the heart of this is the traction inverter that converts energy stored in the ba... » read more

A Broad Look Inside Advanced Packaging


Choon Lee, chief technology officer of JCET, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about the semiconductor market, Moore’s Law, chiplets, fan-out packaging, and manufacturing issues. What follows are excerpts of that discussion. SE: Where are we in the semiconductor cycle right now? Lee: If you look at 2020, it was around 10% growth in the overall semiconductor industry. ... » read more

High-Performance CoolSiC MOSFET Technology With Silicon-Like Reliability


The performance potential of SiC is indisputable. The key challenge to be mastered is to determine which design approach achieves the biggest success in applications. Click here to read more. » read more

Changing Server Architectures In The Data Center


Data centers are undergoing a fundamental shift to boost server utilization and improve efficiency, optimizing architectures so available compute resources can be leveraged wherever they are needed. Traditionally, data centers were built with racks of servers, each server providing computing, memory, interconnect, and possibly acceleration resources. But when a server is selected, some of th... » read more

More Errors, More Correction in Memories


As memory bit cells of any type become smaller, bit error rates increase due to lower margins and process variation. This can be dealt with using error correction to account for and correct bit errors, but as more sophisticated error-correction codes (ECC) are used, it requires more silicon area, which in turn drives up the cost. Given this trend, the looming question is whether the cost of ... » read more

How Semiconductor Solutions Address Safety Requirements Of Future Power Distribution Networks In Autonomous Vehicles


Open up the bonnet of any modern automobile and many of us would be hard-pressed to find anything that we could fix ourselves. With pipes and cables almost artistically integrated into the engine bay, and sleek plastic covers fitted everywhere, there is very little that can still be recognized, yet alone repaired. Perhaps the only location where we feel comfortable is the “fuse box”, or pow... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive The automotive chip shortage is still affecting automotive OEMs. U.S. automakers Ford and GM reported lower 3rd quarter income year over year related to the chip shortage. They, as well as other automotive OEMs around the world, have had to temporarily shut assembly lines down when chips were not available. Infineon Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai M... » read more

Get Ready For The Next Generation Of Wearable Tech


Wearables have attracted a lot of attention recently, due to both their successes as well as failures. They bring together requirements for packaging, new substrates, power scavenging, low-power, novel connectivity, flexibility, durability, as well as fashion. While some of the challenges remain formidable, the long-term potential is driving the industry to look at what is possible. They are... » read more

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