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E/E Architecture Synthesis: Challenges and Technologies


ACADEMIC PAPER Abstract "In recent years, the electrical and/or electronic architecture of vehicles has been significantly evolving. The new generation of cars demands a considerable amount of computational power due to a large number of safety-critical applications and driver-assisted functionalities. Consequently, a high-performance computing unit is required to provide the demanded pow... » read more

Why Comparing Processors Is So Difficult


Every new processor claims to be the fastest, the cheapest, or the most power frugal, but how those claims are measured and the supporting information can range from very useful to irrelevant. The chip industry is struggling far more than in the past to provide informative metrics. Twenty years ago, it was relatively easy to measure processor performance. It was a combination of the rate at ... » read more

Holistic Die-to-Die Interface Design Methodology for 2.5-D Multichip-Module Systems


Abstract: "More than Moore technologies can be supported by system-level diversification enabled by chiplet-based integrated systems within multichip modules (MCMs) and silicon interposer-based 2.5-D systems. The division of large system-on-chip dies into smaller chiplets with different technology nodes specific to the chiplet application requirement enables the performance enhancement at the ... » read more

Intelligent Agents for the Optimization of Atomic Layer Deposition


"Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a highly controllable thin film synthesis approach with applications in computing, energy, and separations. The flexibility of ALD means that it can access a massive chemical catalogue; however, this chemical and process diversity results in significant challenges in determining processing parameters that result in stable and uniform film growth with minimal pr... » read more

Dealing With Two Very Different Sides Of 5G


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss 5G reliability with Anthony Lord, director of RF product marketing at FormFactor; Noam Brousard, system vice president at proteanTecs; Andre van de Geijn, business development manager at yieldHUB; and David Hall, head of semiconductor marketing at National Instruments. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. To view part one of this discussi... » read more

Optimizing What Exactly?


You can't optimize something without understanding it. While we inherently understand what this means, we are often too busy implementing something to stop and think about it. Some people may not even be sure what it is that they should be optimizing and that makes it very difficult to know if you have been successful. This was a key message delivered by Professor David Patterson at the Embedde... » read more

Challenges At 3/2nm


David Fried, vice president of computational products at Lam Research, talks about issues at upcoming process nodes, the move to EUV lithography and nanosheet transistors, and how process variation can affect yield and device performance. » read more

Intelligent System Design


Electronics technology is proliferating to new, creative applications and appearing in our everyday lives. To compete, system companies are increasingly designing their own semiconductor chips, and semiconductor companies are delivering software stacks, to enable substantial differentiation of their products. This trend started in mobile devices and is now moving into cloud computing, automotiv... » read more

Speeding Up Process Optimization With Virtual Processing


Advanced CMOS scaling and new memory technologies have introduced increasingly complex structures into the device manufacturing process. For example, the increase in NAND memory layers has achieved greater vertical NAND scaling and higher memory density, but has led to challenges in high aspect ratio etch patterning and foot print scaling issues. Unique integration and patterning schemes have b... » read more

Speeding Up Verification Using SystemC


Brett Cline, senior vice president at OneSpin Solutions, explains how adding formal verification into the high-level synthesis flow can reduce the time spent in optimization and debug by about two-thirds, why this needs to be done well ahead of RTL, starting with issues such as initialization, memory out of bounds and other issues that are difficult to find in simulation. » read more

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