200mm Demand Surges


A surge in demand for various chips is causing shortages for select 200mm foundry capacity as well as 200mm fab equipment, and it shows no signs of abating in 2021. Foundry customers will face a shortfall of 200mm capacity at select foundries at least in the first half of 2021, and perhaps beyond. Those customers will need to plan ahead to ensure they obtain enough 200mm capacity in 2021. Ot... » read more

Blog Review: June 10


Cadence's Paul McLellan considers the issues around benchmarking neural networks running on different hardware and challenges in comparing designs. Mentor's Shivani Joshi points to a few of the different types of jitter and some key factors to review when trying to limit jitter. Synopsys' Fred Bals notes that while the National Vulnerability Database is a good source for information on public... » read more

Blog Review: May 6


In a blog for Arm, Javier Fernandez-Marques of Oxford University digs into how to make the best use of quantized neural network models and why it's so important to consider what algorithms will be running when deciding which model architecture to implement, and which quantization strategy to adopt for the model. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding explains why, with a largely remote workforce, it may... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Data center, 5G security Nvidia won approval for its Mellanox Technologies Ltd. deal from China, according to an article on Bloomberg. Mellanox chips split up and manage AI datasets for parallel processing, which can be used in data centers for computing. Rambus has released security for 800 Gigbit Ethernet MAC (media access control) for enhanced data center and 5G infrastructure. It secure... » read more

200mm Fab Crunch


Growing demand for analog, MEMS and RF chips continues to cause acute shortages for both 200mm fab capacity and equipment, and it shows no sign of letting up. Today, 200mm fab capacity is tight with a similar situation projected for the second half of 2018 and perhaps well into 2019. In fact, 2018 will likely represent the third consecutive year that 200mm fab capacity will be tight. The sam... » read more