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

Chip Industry Technical Paper Roundup: April 2


New technical papers recently added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library. [table id=211 /] Find last week’s technical paper additions here. » read more

Designing AI Hardware To Deal With Increasingly Challenging Memory Wall (UC Berkeley)


A new technical paper titled "AI and Memory Wall" was published by researchers at UC Berkeley, ICSI, and LBNL. Abstract "The availability of unprecedented unsupervised training data, along with neural scaling laws, has resulted in an unprecedented surge in model size and compute requirements for serving/training LLMs. However, the main performance bottleneck is increasingly shifting to memo... » read more

An Open Hardware Approach in Quantum Technology


A technical paper titled "Open Hardware Solutions in Quantum Technology" was published by researchers at Unitary Fund, Qruise GmbH, Technical University of Valencia, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and others. Abstract "Quantum technologies such as communications, computing, and sensing offer vast opportunities for ... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


By Jesse Allen, Karen Heyman, and Susan Rambo UMC and Intel will collaborate on the development of a 12nm semiconductor process platform to address high-growth markets, such as mobile, communications infrastructure, and networking. Apple reportedly pushed back the launch date of its long-awaited electric vehicle and scaled back the self-driving features to L2 driver assistance, according ... » read more

Chip Industry Week In Review


By Jesse Allen, Gregory Haley, and Liz Allan Synopsys acquired Imperas, pushing further into the RISC-V world with Imperas' virtual platform technology for verifying and emulating processors. Synopsys has been building up its RISC-V portfolio, starting with ARC-V processor IP and a full suite of tools introduced last month. The first high-NA EUV R&D center in the U.S. will be built at... » read more

Research Bits: October 17


High-entropy multielement ink semiconductors Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley developed a high-entropy semiconducting material called ‘multielement ink’ that can be processed at low-temperature or room temperature. “The traditional way of making semiconductor devices is energy-intensive and one of the major sources of carbon emissions,” said Pei... » read more

Chip Industry Talent Shortage Drives Academic Partnerships


Universities around the world are forming partnerships with semiconductor companies and governments to help fill open and future positions, to keep curricula current and relevant, and to update and expand skills for working engineers. Talent shortages repeatedly have been cited as the number one challenge for the chip industry. Behind those concerns are several key drivers, and many more dom... » read more

RISC-V Wants All Your Cores


RISC-V is no longer content to disrupt the CPU industry. It is waging war against every type of processor integrated into an SoC or advanced package, an ambitious plan that will face stiff competition from entrenched players with deep-pocketed R&D operations and their well-constructed ecosystems. When Calista Redmond, CEO for RISC-V International, said at last year's summit that RISC-V w... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15.5 billion in funding and loans for retooling existing automotive factories for the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and supporting local jobs, plus a notice of intent for $3.5 billion in funding to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for EVs and the nation’s grid, and for battery materials and components that are currently imported... » read more

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