Making IC Test Faster And More Accessible: Part 1


The fundamental challenges of IC test have been the same for a long time. At the heart of all test strategies is controllability and observability. First, control the state of the chip with known test vectors and then observe the chip to determine if it exhibits good or faulty behavior. There have been many innovations over the years to make the required testing of chips more tractable. Thanks ... » read more

Upgrade Your SoC Design With USB4 IP


USB4 is a new standard of connectivity by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). USB4 supports multiple high-speed interface protocols, including USB4, DisplayPort, PCI Express, and Thunderbolt 3 for efficient data transfer and simultaneous delivery of data, power, and high-resolution video through a single USB Type-C cable. USB4 offers up to 40Gbps, which is twice that of the preceding USB 3.2 G... » read more

USB4: User Expectations Drive Design Complexity


This white paper outlines the capabilities of USB4 Hosts, Hubs, Docks, and Devices with an emphasis on how end-user expectations drive the complexity of USB4 products. USB4 is the most complex USB specification so far and requires designers to understand the USB4, USB 3.2, USB 2.0, USB Type-C, and the USB Power Delivery specifications. Designers must also understand PCIe and DisplayPort specifi... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus will acquire the Silicon IP, Secure Protocols and Provisioning business from Verimatrix, formerly Inside Secure. The secure silicon IP and provisioning solutions from both companies will be integrated into a single portfolio of products and the embedded security teams from Verimatrix will join Rambus. “Integrating the Verimatrix embedded security team into Rambus, a recognized leader i... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A Marvell will acquire Avera Semiconductor, the ASIC business of GlobalFoundries, for $650 million in cash at closing plus an additional $90 million in cash if certain business conditions are satisfied within the next 15 months. The agreements include transfer of Avera's revenue base, strategic design wins with infrastructure OEMs, and a new long-term wafer supply agreement between Globa... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Internet of Things Gartner identified what it says are the top 10 strategic Internet of Things technologies and trends. Number one, no surprise, is artificial intelligence. Nick Jones, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement, “AI will be applied to a wide range of IoT information, including video, still images, speech, network traffic activity, and sensor data.” Other top t... » read more

Startup Puts Quantum Security on USB, Dongles


U.K. startup Quantum Base, Ltd. is one of a small number of companies betting on the benefits of quantum computing even without quantum computers. The six-and-a-half-year-old company came together largely because its technical guru was frustrated at how long it was taking to develop genuine quantum computers and wanted to find a practical, immediate use for the things he'd learned in his own... » read more

First Look At USB 3.2


I’m super excited to write about and show to you the world’s first USB 3.2 demonstration. Go watch the video first and then read the rest. https://youtu.be/WPUvHeq_Sgs USB 3.2 hardware and software setup We implemented our USB 3.2 Device and Host in the HAPS-80 FPGA-Based hardware prototyping platform. The platforms use USB PHYs, which are implemented in a FinFET process node. ... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 13


Mentor's Sherif Hany notes that pattern matching isn't just for litho hotspots anymore, and is increasingly being used in a wide range of early design phase checks, DRC flows, layout retargeting and fixing and DFM checks. Synopsys' Eric Huang explains why USB cables have gotten so short, even though no length is mentioned in the specification. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as Jeremy ... » read more

Could Liquid IP Lead To Better Chips?


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the benefits that could come from making IP available as abstract blocks instead of RTL implementations with Mark Johnstone, technical director for Electronic Design Automation for [getentity id="22499" e_name="NXP"] Semiconductor; [getperson id="11489" p_name="Drew Wingard"], CTO at [getentity id="22605" e_name="Sonics"]; Bryan Bowyer, director of ... » read more

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