Designing Chips In A ‘Lawless’ Industry

The guideposts for designing chips are disappearing or becoming less relevant. While engineers today have many more options for customizing a design, they have little direction about what works best for specific applications or what the return on investment will be for those efforts. For chip architects, this is proving to be an embarrassment of riches. However, that design freedom comes wit... » read more

What Are EDA’s Big Three Thinking?

Over the past six weeks, the CEOs of Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics—in that order—have delivered top-down visionary messages to their user groups. Semiconductor Engineering had the opportunity to attend all three sessions, and has compiled comments from each on a variety of subjects. In some cases, all the CEOs were in sync. In others, they were not. In still others, it was difficult... » read more