Blog Review: Sept. 11


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the challenges of processing-in-memory and the steps involved in building a logic flow on a DRAM process. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding notes that with safety-critical software an ever-present factor in modern life, it's more necessary than ever to take the time to ensure quality and security when failures can be life-threatening. In a video, Mentor's Colin... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


China's DRAM efforts Two memory vendors from China, Tsinghua Unigroup and ChangXin Memory Technology, have disclosed more details about their respective efforts to enter the DRAM arena. As reported, Tsinghua Unigroup wants to enter the DRAM business. Now, the China-based firm has secured land to build a new DRAM fab. The firm recently signed an agreement with the Chongqing government to e... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 4


Synopsys' Taylor Armerding checks out Apple's newly expanded bug bounty program, with bounty payouts are increasing to compete with malicious actors, and why even with security-oriented development the practice of bug bounties will remain needed. Mentor's Colin Walls shares a few more embedded software tips, this time on external variables, delay loops in real time systems, and meaningful pa... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers GlobalFoundries has filed suits in the U.S. and Germany, alleging that semiconductor manufacturing technologies used by TSMC infringe upon 16 of GF's patents. The suits were filed in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Federal District Courts in the Districts of Delaware and the Western District of Texas, and the Regional Courts of Dusseldorf and Mannheim in Germ... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 28


Cadence's Paul McLellan takes a look at the numerous challenges in designing and manufacturing Cerebras' massive 400,000 processor, 1.2 trillion transistor chip. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding points to a lack of robust mobile app security and why building in security from the beginning can lead to greater productivity and cost saving. Mentor's Paul Johnston takes a look at what's in store at... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


AI chip boom or bust? The semiconductor industry is the most bullish about adopting artificial intelligence (AI), according to a new report from Accenture. Some 77% of semiconductor executives surveyed said they have adopted AI within their businesses or are piloting the technology. In addition, 63% of semiconductor executives expect that AI will have the greatest impact on their business over... » read more

Outlook For Masks, Materials and Wafers


After a slowdown in the first half of 2019, chipmakers and equipment vendors face a cloudy outlook for the second half of this year, with a possible recovery in 2020. But what about other key technologies like materials, photomasks and silicon wafers? These are also critical for the semiconductor supply chain and are key indicators where the market is heading. In the first half of 2019, m... » read more

Breaking The AI Memory Bottleneck


In the long unfolding arc of technology innovation, artificial intelligence (AI) looms as immense. In its quest to mimic human behavior, the technology touches energy, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, construction, transportation and nearly every other imaginable industry – a defining role that promises to fast track the fourth Industrial Revolution. And if the industry orac... » read more

Wanted: More Fab Tool Part Standards


As chipmakers ramp up the next wave of processes and grapple with how to reduce defect levels, they are encountering problems from an unlikely source—components inside of the fab equipment. Defects are unwanted deviations in chips, which impact yields and device performance. Typically, they are caused by an unforeseen glitch during the process flow. But a lesser-known problem involves defe... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 14


Cadence's Paul McLellan digs into Mary Meeker's analysis of Internet trends, from growth of the Inernet as a whole to cyber attacks, online finance, and the gig economy. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding warns that the financial services industry is aware of cybersecurity threats, but isn't doing enough to protect its networks and data. Mentor's Colin Walls considers a few cases where writing in... » read more

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