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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive, mobility Advantest installed its first enhanced T5851-STM16G tester of nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs) using ball-grid arrays (BGAs) at a major manufacturer of IC memory devices. Anticipating the automotive market will be the largest consumer semiconductor ICs, Advantest designed the test machine to give system-level test coverage of NVMe BGA SSD devices... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP Cadence will acquire Future Facilities, a provider of electronics cooling analysis and energy performance optimization solutions for data center design and operations using physics-based 3D digital twins. Future Facilities’ product portfolio includes an electronics thermal solution, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electronics cooling simulation technology that op... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


The U.S. Senate approved the 2022 America COMPETES act, which has big ramifications for the chip industry. The bill now heads to the House for further reconciliation. If approved, it would provide more than $50 billion in U.S. subsidies for semiconductor chip manufacturing. The SIAC (Semiconductor In America Coalition) urged Congress to act promptly to achieve a bipartisan compromise soon and o... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Synopsys introduced a new model for using its EDA tools on the cloud. Synopsys Cloud provides pay-as-you-go access to the company's cloud-optimized design and verification products, with pre-optimized infrastructure on Microsoft Azure to address higher levels of interdependencies in chip development. "As more design flows incorporate AI, requiring even more resources, the virtually unlim... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive Verizon and Cisco demonstrated a C-V2X network for autonomous driving in Las Vegas that avoids using costly physical roadside units to extend radio signals. Instead, Verizon and Cisco say their test proved that Verizon’s LTE network and public 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, together with Cisco Catalyst IR1101 routers in connected infrastructure, were adequate to meet the latency nee... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Imperas Software released updated simulator and reference models that support the latest RISC-V extensions for Bit Manipulation 1.0.0, Cryptographic (Scalar) 1.0.0, and Vector 1.0, plus Privilege Specification 1.12. They are offered both as freely available, open-source reference models for the RISC-V community as well as commercial products. Ansys' multiphysics signoff solutions were... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


3D-ICs Samsung Foundry released 3D-IC EDA flows approvals. 3D-ICs, which are the multi-dies stacked together and integrated into a package, are finding use in automotive, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence systems. Samsung Foundry qualified Cadence’s 2D-to-3D native 3D partitioning flow for 3D-IC design that automates creating a memory-on-logic 3D stacking configuration,... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Markets Worldwide semiconductor industry revenue is expected to grow 17.3% in 2021, compared with 10.8% in 2020, according to a new IDC report. Segment breakdown is as follows: [table id=5 /] “Semiconductor wafer prices increased in 1H21 and IDC expects increases to continue for the rest of 2021 due to material costs and opportunity cost in mature process technologies. Overall, IDC pre... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


U.S. government officials met with semiconductor industry companies and automakers to request supply chain information it hopes could address the current semiconductor shortage, Reuters reports. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo hopes the information will enable them and industry to "get more granular into the bottlenecks and then ultimately predict challenges before they happen," but also wa... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive Cadence announced its new platform for speeding up the creation of virtual and hybrid prototypes of complex systems, such as those found in automotive systems. The Cadence Helium Virtual and Hybrid Studio enables teams to verify embedded software and firmware on virtual and hybrid configurations before the RTL is ready, in systems where software and hardware need to be created simul... » read more

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