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China Accelerates Foundry, Power Semi Efforts


China has unveiled several initiatives to advance its domestic semiconductor industry, including a new and massive fab expansion campaign in the foundry, gallium-nitride (GaN), and silicon carbide (SiC) markets. The nation is making a big push into what it calls “third-generation semiconductors,” which is a misnomer. The term actually refers to two existing and common power semiconductor... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A Microchip Technology acquired LegUp Computing, a provider of a high-level synthesis compiler that automatically generates high-performance FPGA hardware from software. The LegUp HLS tool will be used alongside Microchip’s VectorBlox Accelerator Software Design kit and VectorBlox Neural Networking IP generator to provide a complete front-end solution stack for C/C++ algorithm develope... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Tools Cadence uncorked the next generation of its custom design platform optimized for advanced 10nm FinFET designs. Features include multi-patterning and color-aware layout, electrically aware design, and module generator (ModGen)-based device array flow. Deals San'an IC will provide Mentor Graphics' design rule decks to its customers to help verify that their mobile and wireless gall... » read more