Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Intel disclosed a speculative execution side-channel attack method called L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). Leslie Culbertson, Intel's executive vice president and general manager of Product Assurance and Security, writes: "This method affects select microprocessor products supporting Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) and was first reported to us by researchers at KU Leuven University, Techni... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Cybersecurity Check Point Software Technologies reports that facsimile machines (yes, people still use them!) can be subject to hacking through vulnerabilities in their communication protocols. The HP Officejet Pro All-in-One fax printers and other fax machines can be compromised with a hacker only knowing a fax number, according to the company. Check Point Research says a design flaw in Andro... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 15


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out what's driving the growth of China's semiconductor industry plus the state of fab construction, from a CAPSA presentation by SEMI's Lung Chu. Mentor's Joe Hupcey III has some tips for how to handle inconclusive results in formal verification, starting with how to identify where the analysis got stuck. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding listens in on a presentati... » read more

Impact Of IP On AI SoCs


The combination of mathematics and processing capability has set in motion a new generation of technology advancements with an entire new world of possibilities related to Artificial Intelligence. AI mimics human behavior using deep learning algorithms. Neural networks are what we define as deep learning, which is a subset of machine learning, which is yet a subset of AI, as shown in Figure 1. ... » read more

Chip Aging Becomes Design Problem


Chip aging is a growing problem at advanced nodes, but so far most design teams have not had to deal with it. That will change significantly as new reliability requirements roll out across markets such as automotive, which require a complete analysis of factors that affect aging. Understanding the underlying physics is critical, because it can lead to unexpected results and vulnerabilities. ... » read more

Scalable, Cloud-Ready IC Validator Solution For Advanced DRC Nodes


As we move to a data-centric world, semiconductor companies across the globe are working at a furious pace to develop and manufacture Artificial Intelligent [AI] chips. AI is all about an algorithm that mimics a human’s ability to learn and decide. For example, AI can be used to interpret and understand an image that helps a doctor make a better diagnosis for a patient. This requires chips to... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 8


Cadence's Meera Collier provides a primer on the basics of quantum computing, including how quantum gates work using superpositions and how it could impact chip design. Mentor's Dennis Brophy shares a list of resources to help you get up to speed on the recently-approved Portable Test and Stimulus standard, which enables test scenarios to be run across different execution platforms. Synop... » read more

Changing The Design Flow


Synopsys’ Michael Jackson talks with Semiconductor Engineering about why it’s becoming necessary to fuse together various pieces of digital design. https://youtu.be/AOWh4wjw-ps » read more

The Chiplet Race Begins


Momentum is building for the development of advanced packages and systems using so-called chiplets, but the technology faces some challenges in the market. A group led by DARPA, as well as Marvell, zGlue and others are pursuing chiplet technology, which is a different way of integrating multiple dies in a package or system. In fact, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part... » read more

Taking Inductance And Electromagnetic Effects More Seriously


By Magdy Abadir and Yehea Ismail With increasing frequencies, tighter margins, denser integrated circuits, new devices and materials, the necessity of full EM analysis including magnetic/inductive effects is becoming a fundamental question for the industry. Where and when should full EM verification be included? Can some of major chip failures during development be attributed to ignoring ... » read more

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