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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Nvidia acquired Oski Technology. Oski provides formal verification methodologies and consulting services, and Nvidia said that the acquisition will allow it to increase its investment in formal verification strategies. Oski's Gurugram, India, design center will become Nvidia's fourth engineering office in the country. Based in San Jose, Calif., it was founded in 2005. Terms of the deal were not... » read more

Architecting Interposers


An interposer performs a similar function as a printed circuit board (PCB), but when the interposer is moved inside a package the impact is significant. Neither legacy PCB nor IC design tools can fully perform the necessary design and analysis tasks. But perhaps even more important, adding an interposer to a design may require organizational changes. Today, leading-edge companies have shown ... » read more

Will Co-Packaged Optics Replace Pluggables?


As optical connections work their way deeper into the data center, a debate is underway. Is it better to use pluggable optical modules or to embed lasers deep into advanced packages? There are issues of convenience, power, and reliability driving the discussion, and an eventual winner isn’t clear yet. “The industry is definitely embracing co-packaged optics,” said James Pond, principal... » read more

Bringing Scalable Power Integrity Analysis To Analog IC Designs


Power integrity is a broad term in integrated circuit (IC) design and verification. However, when IC engineers are working through design signoff, power integrity analysis focuses on three specific aspects of a design: Power: Verify the chip design as implemented provides the total predicted power under different operating modes. Performance: Find and eliminate performance issues affect... » read more

Introducing mPower


Power integrity analysis evaluates circuits to determine if they will provide their designed/intended performance and reliability as implemented. Designers must be able to verify analog and digital power integrity from the RTL/gate-level through die-level integrations up to the package and board system-level. The mPower toolset is an innovative power integrity verification solution that brings ... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 13


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out what Google learned in developing multiple generations of its TPU processor, including unequal advancement of logic and memory, the importance of compiler of compatibility, and designing for total cost of ownership. Siemens EDA's Jake Wiltgen argues for the importance of linting as part of eliminating systematic failures in designs complying with ISO 26262.... » read more

Manage Scaling Challenges For Silicon Success


Semiconductor companies are faced with significant challenges related to technology scaling, design scaling, and system scaling. These challenges have a broad impact on design development, manufacturing, and functional operation. This paper discusses the challenges and the specific impact of a Silicon Lifecycle Solutions approach that includes DFT, operations, and Embedded Analytics in enabling... » read more

Packetized Test At The International Test Conference 2021


At this year’s International Test Conference (October 10-15, 2021), Siemens Digital Industries Software is showcasing IC test and lifecycle management technologies that address the key scaling challenges facing the semiconductor industry now and in the future. The two main topics from Tessent at ITC are: The rapid adoption of packetized test strategies to address design and system... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive Qualcomm and SSW Partners, an investment partnership, now have a definitive agreement to acquire advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) company Veoneer for $37.00 per share in an all-cash transaction that equals $4.5 billion in equity value. A few months ago, Qualcomm made the proposal to Veoneer after the company already had an agreement in place with Magma, a 60-year-old automo... » read more

Making Batteries Denser And Safer


Battery technology is improving swiftly, driven by the rapidly rising demand for electric vehicles and the vast body of knowledge developed by the semiconductor industry. The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is on a fast upward trajectory, with global sales predicted to grow more than 12 times to more than 31 million vehicles. In fact, EVs will account for almost a third of new vehicle sal... » read more

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