Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


An effort to fund U.S. science and technology initiatives with at least $100 billion is getting a thumbs up from the SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association). The Endless Frontier Act —  a bipartisan, bicameral bill introduced on Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives — will invest money into semiconductor research and development and other related fields such as material science, q... » read more

Blog Review: May 27


Mentor's Neil Johnson takes a look at achieving a practical verification methodology starting with an exclusively constrained random flow and building up by adding techniques and gauging the consequences. Cadence's Paul McLellan explains the history of neural networks and how we've been trying to mimic the brain for decades, only to see funding dry up until a sudden resurgence of annotated i... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Edge, cloud, data center Cadence added new verification IP (VIP) for hyperscalar data centers that supports CXL – Compute Express Link, HBM3, and Ethernet 802.3ck. The VIP are part of Cadence’s Verification Suite. Cadence also released IP for 56G long-reach SerDes on TSMC’s N7 and N6 process technologies. Many Mentor, a Siemens Business, IC design tools are now certified TSMC’s N5 a... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Security Ninety-one percent of commercial applications contain outdated or abandoned open-source components —a security threat, says Synopsys in its recently released report 2020 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA). In the fifth annual edition of the report, Synopsys’ research team in its Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC) found that 99% of the 1,250 commercial codebases revie... » read more

Vehicle Communications Network Is Due For Overhaul


The Controller Area Network (CAN), one of the main communications networks in an automobile, is headed for a security overhaul — if not a wholesale replacement. Initially devised in the 1980s to allow electronic components in a vehicle to communicate directly without a central computer in between, the CAN bus has become a growing security risk as more functions are automated and integrated... » read more

Startup Funding: April 2020


It was another strong month for automotive startups, with one autonomous trucking company in China drawing a massive $100M investment. Another hot area was optimization of machine learning deployments, including one new company launch. Quantum computing, etch equipment, and mmWave feature in this month's look at twenty-two startups that collectively raised $375M. Semiconductors & design ... » read more

Blog Review: April 29


Arm's Paul Whatmough checks out SCALE-Sim, an open source cycle-accurate simulator specifically for neural processing unit (NPU) architectures. Mentor's Neil Johnson shows how a complete verification methodology requires complementary deployment of multiple techniques, with different options at each level of abstraction. Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out challenges in automotive reliabil... » read more

Blog Review: April 15


Mentor's Neil Johnson argues that it's time to reevaluate the current definition of verification methodology, with a new focus on methodologies driven by the needs of the design and best suited to different abstractions. Synopsys' Derek Handova warns that the need to manage the security risks of billions of IoT devices will continue to change the requirements and scope of 5G security. Cad... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


COVID-19/Medical Mentor's parent company Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network, along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community. MEMS is at the forefront of SARS-CoV-2 testing, writes Alissa M. Fitzgerald, founder of AMFitzgerald in a blog on SEMI.org. Fitzgerald points out a MEMS silicon PCR chip, developed by Northrup et. al. at Lawrence Livermore... » read more

Designing Ultra Low Power AI Processors


AI chip design is beginning to shift direction as more computing moves to the edge, adding a level of sophistication and functionality that typically was relegated to the cloud, but in a power envelope compatible with a battery. These changes leverage many existing tools, techniques and best practices for chip design. But they also are beginning to incorporate a variety of new approaches tha... » read more

← Older posts