Thermal Challenges In Advanced Packaging


CT Kao, product management director at Cadence, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about why packaging is so complicated, why power and heat vary with different use cases and over time, and why a realistic power map is essential particularly for AI chips, where some circuits are always on.   Interested in more Semiconductor Engineering videos? Sign-up for our YouTube channel here » read more

The New ASIC


By Javier DeLaCruz The current state of the art For years, large ASICs like the ones used in network processing, supercomputing and high-end personal computing have had very interesting similarities. The figure below is a fairly typical floorplan of such an ASIC. After taping out over a dozen of these types of chips a year, it is interesting to see that the interfaces have changed, processo... » read more

Smarter Co-design With Models


By Ann Steffora Mutschler IC, package and PCB co-design methodologies are starting to be adopted by semiconductor companies. However, the existing die abstract file used in these flows to exchange data between the IC designer and the downstream package design team may not contain enough detail to drive advanced planning and optimization with the package and PCB interfaces. Engineering teams... » read more