Chip Industry Week In Review

President Biden will raise the tariff rate on Chinese semiconductors from 25% to 50% by 2025, among other measures to protect U.S. businesses from China’s trade practices. Also, as part of President Biden’s AI Executive Order, the Administration released steps to protect workers from AI risks, including human oversight of systems and transparency about what systems are being used. Intel ... » read more

Blog Review: May 15

Cadence's Anika Sunda suggests that RISC-V has opened numerous doors for innovation and believes EDA tools can help bridge the knowledge gap and foster a growing community of RISC-V developers. Synopsys' Alessandra Costa chats with industry experts about challenges facing analog design, what's needed for multi-die designs, and the potential of AI. Siemens' Bill Ji explains why understandi... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review

Synopsys refocused its security priorities around chips, striking a deal to sell off its Software Integrity Group subsidiary to private equity firms Clearlake Capital Group and Francisco Partners for about $2.1 billion. That deal comes on the heels of Synopsys' recent acquisition of Intrinsic ID, which develops physical unclonable function IP. Sassine Ghazi, Synopsys' president and CEO, said in... » read more

Blog Review: May 8

Synopsys' Manuel Mota and Michael Posner look to UCIe as a complete stack for the die-to-die interconnect in multi-die chip designs, finding it can help maintain latency while reducing power and enhancing performance along with providing assurance of interoperability. Cadence's Durlov Khan highlights the Octal SPI interface for serial NAND flash, which enables 8-bit wide high bandwidth synch... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review

Samsung and Synopsys collaborated on the first production tapeout of a high-performance mobile SoC design, including CPUs and GPUs, using the EDA suite on Samsung Foundry's gate-all-around (GAA) process. Samsung plans to begin mass production of 2nm process GAA chips in 2025, reports BusinessKorea. UMC developed the first radio frequency silicon on insulator (RF-SOI)-based 3D IC ... » read more

Blog Review: May 1

Cadence's Vatsal Patel stresses the importance of having testing and training capabilities for high-bandwidth memory to prevent the entire SoC from becoming useless and points to key HBM DRAM test instructions through IEEE 1500. In a podcast, Siemens' Stephen V. Chavez chats with Anaya Vardya of American Standard Circuits about the growing significance of high density interconnect and Ultra ... » read more

Blog Review: April 24

Cadence's Vatsal Patel notes the factors that make high-bandwidth memory ideal for AI, such as improved bandwidth and area from vertical stacking and power reduction features like data bus inversion. Synopsys' Rob van Blommestein points to early power network analysis as a way to ensure that enough power is delivered to each transistor to mitigate potential power-related issues within the ch... » read more

Vast Universe Of Transistors, Worm-Bot Innovation, Glass-Based Processor Enhancement, And Atomically Efficient Chips

What’s a sextillion? It’s the number one followed by 21 zeros — outnumbering the stars in the Milky Way. Industry analyst Jim Handy estimates that 13 sextillion transistors have been manufactured by the chip industry since the first one sprang to life in late 1947. Today, as modern graphics and artificial intelligence chips each contain billions of transistors, and the total continues t... » read more

Blog Review: April 17

Siemens' Sumit Vishwakarma highlights the importance of crystal oscillators to the proper functioning of many semiconductor devices and applications, from clock signals to transmission and reception of radio waves. Cadence's Jay Domadia introduces some of the new features in GDDR7, such as a semi-independent row and column command address bus and two modes of data signaling, enabling PAM3 fo... » read more

A Vision For Electronics Supply Chain Management

Supply chain disruptions and chip shortage have become household terms in recent times. COVID-19 highlighted the vulnerability of supply chains of countless industries and their critical role in the global economy. Companies across the electronics manufacturing value chain have been affected. At last count, the semiconductor shortage has already cost the automotive industry alone over $150 bill... » read more

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