Fusion Compiler: Comprehensive RTL-to-GDSII Implementation System


The semiconductor industry is going through a renaissance period with waves of technological advancements and innovation. There has been a significant uptick in demand for silicon in recent years, driven by market sectors including automotive, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and internet of things (IoT) that have their own unique mix of design and implementation requirements. The mobi... » read more

Overcoming Low Power Verification Challenges For Mixed-Signal SoC Designs


With increasing SoC complexity and advanced power-aware architectures, a robust low power verification methodology is important for signing off the design at different stages from RTL through netlist. For mixed-signal SoCs, the challenge is, there is no well-defined low power methodology, nor are the industry’s low power verification tools equipped to handle custom designs. This article propo... » read more

Using ASICs For AI Inferencing


Flex Logix’s Cheng Wang looks at why ASICs are the best way to improve performance and optimize power and area for inferencing, and how to add flexibility into those designs to deal with constantly changing algorithms and data sets. https://youtu.be/XMHr7sz9JWQ » read more

eFPGA vs. FPGA Design Methodologies


Namit Varma, senior director of Achronix’s India Technology Center, discusses the differences between discrete and embedded FPGAs. https://youtu.be/Vwo3ktQvcKc » read more

The Security Penalty


It's not clear if Meltdown, Spectre and Foreshadow caused actual security breaches, but they did prompt big processor vendors like Intel, Arm, AMD and IBM to fix these vulnerabilities before they were made public by Google's Project Zero. While all of this may make data center managers and consumers feel better in one respect, it has created a level of panic of a different sort. For decades,... » read more

Verification Trends Enabling A 5G Future


Applications have driven requirements for verification for quite some time now, as I have written previously regarding Aero & Defense, AI and Machine Learning and the Internet of Things. In wireless communication, we are just at the brink of the transition to Fifth Generation Networks, or 5G. This transition will not only lead to new applications and use models that will impact our day-to-d... » read more

Power Reduction In A Constrained World


Back when 40-28nm were new, leakage power for wireless designs dominated the optimization technology focus. This led to multiple VT optimization and power intent management for digital designs to minimize or shut off leakage. As wireless devices moved to FinFET nodes, dynamic power became dominant. As a result, optimization technology focus shifted to build up dynamic techniques to complement y... » read more

Getting Ahead With Early Power Analysis


Today’s mobile applications need to cater to a broad set of applications. They can be communications-heavy (Bluetooth and GPS), graphics-intensive (streaming 4K videos), or compute-intensive workloads (AR/VR gaming). At the heart of this processing lies the all-powerful mobile processor, which includes a multi-core CPU, GPU, memory and other IP and subsystems for performing a variety of ta... » read more

More Processing Everywhere


Simon Segars, CEO of Arm Holdings, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss security, power, the IoT, a big push at the edge, and the rise of 5G and China. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: Are we making any progress in security? And even if Arm makes progress, does it matter, given there are so many things connected together? Segars: It feels like we’re maki... » read more

22nm Process Technology


Jamie Shaeffer, senior director of product line management at GlobalFoundries, talks about how FD-SOI compares with bulk technologies, where it will be used and why, and future stacking options. https://youtu.be/2i7GJRxcNRs » read more

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