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Where And Why AI Makes Sense In Cars


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about where AI makes sense in automotive and what are the main challenges, with Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix; Veerbhan Kheterpal, CEO of Quadric; Steve Teig, CEO of Perceive; and Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. What follows are excerpts of that conversation, which were held in front of a live audience at DesignCon (part 1 of series)... » read more

Designing For Multiple Die


Integrating multiple die or chiplets into a package is proving to be very different than putting them on the same die, where everything is developed at the same node using the same foundry process. As designs become more heterogeneous and disaggregated, they need to be modeled, properly floor-planned, verified, and debugged in the context of a system, rather than as individual components. Typi... » read more

Efficient Trace In RISC-V


Systems with RISC-V cores often include multiple types of other processors and accelerators. Peter Shields, product manager for Tessent at Siemens Digital Industries Software, talks about what's needed for debug and trace in context, including the need for unobtrusive observation at full speed, what to trace and when to trace it, and how embedded IP can identify to report which branches are tak... » read more

The March Toward Chiplets


The days of monolithic chips developed at the most advanced process nodes are rapidly dwindling. Nearly everyone working at the leading edge of design is looking toward some type of advanced packaging using discrete heterogeneous components. The challenge now is how to shift the whole chip industry into this disaggregated model. It's going to take time, effort, as well as a substantial reali... » read more

Silent Data Corruption


Defects can creep into chip manufacturing from anywhere, but the problem is getting worse at advanced nodes and in advanced packages where reduced pin access can make testing much more difficult. Ira Leventhal, vice president of U.S. Applied Research and Technology at Advantest America, talks about what’s causing these so-called silent data errors, how to find them, and why it now requires ma... » read more

Packetized Scan Test


Bus-based packetized scan data decouples test delivery and core-level DFT requirements so core-level compression configuration can be defined completely independently of chip I/O limitations. Grouping cores for concurrent testing is selected programmatically, not hard-wired. This concept dramatically reduces the DFT planning and implementation effort. The Siemens solution for packetized deli... » read more

Improving Concurrent Chip Design, Manufacturing, And Test Flows


Semiconductor design, manufacturing, and test are becoming much more tightly integrated as the chip industry seeks to optimize designs using fewer engineers, setting the stage for greater efficiencies and potentially lower chip costs without just relying on economies of scale. The glue between these various processes is data, and the chip industry is working to weave together various steps t... » read more

Addressing Three Big Challenges In Silicon Realization


There is no better way to gain insight into prevailing technical challenges than bringing together industry experts to share experiences and proposed solutions. Silicon realization—the ability to design and build today’s complex semiconductors—is one domain with no shortage of challenges. The quest for the best power, performance, and area, and delivery of first-time-right silicon, requir... » read more

The Rise Of Copper Wires In Automotive ICs


In 2011, the price of Gold (Au) surged to $1900/oz which had a drastic impact on Wirebonded ICs using Au wires. IC suppliers scrambled to convert from Au to copper (Cu) wire on as many products as they could. However, automotive ICs were reluctant to make the jump due to lack of reliability data and performance track-record. However, today’s automotive ICs are big users of Cu wires driven by ... » read more

Ensuring Memory Reliability Throughout the Silicon Lifecycle


By Anand Thiruvengadam and Guy Cortez Memories are everywhere in modern electronics. Discrete memory chips account for much of the space on printed circuit boards (PCBs). Embedded memories consume much of the floorplan in system-on-chip (SoC) devices. Many multi-die chip configurations, including 2.5D/3DIC devices, are driven by the need for faster memory access. Designing and verifying memo... » read more

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