Chip Industry Week In Review


By Susan Rambo, Liz Allan, and Gregory Haley. TSMC rolled out the second version of its 3Dblox, which creates an infrastructure for stacking chiplets and other necessary components in a package, along with a standardized way of achieving that. Two novel features are chiplet mirroring for design reuse, and what is basically sandbox for power and thermal analysis of different design elements. ... » read more

Week In Review: Automotive, Security and Pervasive Computing


The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that between 2021 and 2050, ADAS technologies currently available to U.S. will prevent "approximately 37 million crashes, 14 million injuries, and nearly 250,000 deaths, which would represent 16% of crashes and injuries, and 22% of deaths that would otherwise occur on U.S. roads without these technologies," according to a new report. Governmen... » read more

Why It’s So Difficult To Ensure System Safety Over Time


Safety is emerging as a concern across an increasing number of industries, but standards and methodologies are not in place to ensure electronic systems attain a defined level of safety over time. Much of this falls on the shoulders of the chip industry, which provides the underlying technology, and it raises questions about what more can be done to improve safety. A crude taxonomy recently ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order to restrict U.S. investment in Chinese companies, targeting semiconductors and microelectronics, quantum information technologies, and artificial intelligence systems with military or intelligence applications. Specific technologies within these groups will be defined later. Some will only require investors to notify the Department of the Tre... » read more

Chiplets: Deep Dive Into Designing, Manufacturing, And Testing


Chiplets are a disruptive technology. They change the way chips are designed, manufactured, tested, packaged, as well as the underlying business relationships and fundamentals. But they also open the door to vast new opportunities for existing chipmakers and startups to create highly customized components and systems for specific use cases and market segments. This LEGO-like approach sounds ... » read more

Shift Left, Extend Right, Stretch Sideways


The EDA industry has been talking about shift left for a few years, but development flows are now being stretched in two additional ways, extending right to include silicon lifecycle management, and sideways to include safety and security. In addition, safety and security join verification and power as being vertical concerns, and we are increasingly seeing interlinking within those concerns. ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


DAC and SEMICON WEST rebounded this year, focusing on everything from security to chiplets and smart manufacturing. Panel at DAC conference: Left to right, ARM’s Brian Fuller (moderator), Joe Costello (Metrics, Kwikbit, Arrikto, Acromove), and Wally Rhines (Cornami). Source: Semiconductor Engineering/Ann Mutschler EDA and IP remain strong, approaching $4 billion in Q1, according to ... » read more

DAC/Semicon West Addresses Top Issues, Trends For Chips


The Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2023 and Semicon West returned in full force this week, drawing in more attendees and sponsor companies than since before the pandemic. At times, booth traffic was four to five deep, blocking aisles, and standing room only was common at presentations. Hot topics included generative AI and the underlying semiconductor technology, data security, reliabili... » read more

Challenges Grow For Data Management And Sharing In EDA


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about more openness in EDA data, how increased complexity is affecting time to working silicon, and the impact of geopolitics, with Joseph Sawicki, executive vice president for IC EDA at Siemens Digital Industries Software; John Kibarian, president and CEO of PDF Solutions; John Lee, general manager and vice president of Ansys' Semiconductor Business U... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Intel released Tunnel Falls, its newest quantum research chip, to quantum computing researchers interested in using the 12-qubit silicon chip for their own experiments and research.  Intel is also providing the chips to research laboratories, with help from LQC (LPS Qubit Collaboratory) through the Army Research Office. The first labs to receive the chip are LPS, Sandia National Laboratories, ... » read more

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