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Chip Design Takes on Functional Safety
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
To design chips meeting Functional Safety requirements is no cakewalk. What designers need is an automated end-to-end flow to take the guesswork out of Functional Safety design.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Coventor Touts Unified MEMS Platform
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5/10/2017   1 comment
Coventor's micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) design tools have been merged into a single tool called Coventor MEMS Platform.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
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5/1/2017   3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
New Method Cuts Cost of GaAs Circuits
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4/19/2017   1 comment
A easy copy/paste method for mass producing graphene wafers has been invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
IBM Bests Insulators
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4/7/2017   8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
TSMC Tips 7+, 12, 22nm Nodes
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3/16/2017   17 comments
TSMC announced new 22, 12 and 7nm processes to compete with FD-SOI from Globalfoundries and FinFETs with EUV from Samsung.
Independent Tool Vendors Form Alliance
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
A group of embedded tool vendors has formed the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA).
Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
Focusing on Core Competency
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2/25/2017   Post a comment
A startup can shave 12 months or more off the development cycle by outsourcing non-essential elements of product design.
TSMC Calls for New EDA Paradigm
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2/6/2017   7 comments
TSMC called for a new paradigm on EDA tools to handle divergent needs in the increasingly complex job of designing semiconductors.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
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2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
ARM Bolsters HPC Position Through Acquisition
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced it bought Allinea Software, a provider of software tools for high performance computing.
Software-for-Multicore Startup Raises Funds
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12/7/2016   Post a comment
Software-for-multicore tool developer Silexica Software Solutions has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut
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11/16/2016   1 comment
Silexica's engineering team spent more than a decade in multicore software design automation for complex, multicore platforms, before it was spun off from RWTH Aachen University. The startup offers tools both for multicore SoC developers and hardware/software system architects.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
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11/14/2016   14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
Cadence Breaks Down Automotive ISO 26262
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10/26/2016   Post a comment
As automakers start adding more and more ADAS features, the complexity of software code and SoCs deployed inside vehicles has been skyrocketing. Chip suppliers are under tremendous pressure to prove the functional safety of their products.
Mission Critical in Auto SoC: Interconnect IP
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10/22/2016   Post a comment
The average number of IP cores integrated into automotive SoCs is growing from about 20 today to more than 100 within the next five to ten years.
EE Slashes CPU Design Cost
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10/5/2016   21 comments
An engineer taped out a massively multicore processor in a 16nm process for less than $1 million in under a year.
7 Ways 3D Printing Adds to Supply Chain
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few of the ways 3D printing is impacting the electronic supply chain.
Get Online Help for Memory, I/O Optimization
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
eSilicon is upgrading with the launch of Star Navigator, new additions to the company’s online tool suite, this time focused on memory IP and I/O libraries.
Silicon Researcher Scans Horizon
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
The head of CEA-Leti gives her views on outlook for fully depleted silicon-on-insulator, other emerging semiconductor technologies and women in engineering.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
Automotive Cries for Earlier, More Efficient Testing
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7/20/2016   3 comments
As the amount of software used inside cars rapidly grows, the auto industry is under pressure to implement software and system testing much earlier in their design cycle, and do it more efficiently.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
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6/28/2016   2 comments
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
System Scaling Key to Semiconductor Progress
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6/24/2016   Post a comment
System scaling technologies exist but can't go mainstream until IC designers and manufacturing experts cooperate.
Universal High-Power AC Inputs: Perk or Pitfall?
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
Alternating current (AC) power is available throughout almost the entire world and provides a convenient power source for many electronics. Unfortunately, the power around the world is not the same in each location. There are different voltage levels and frequencies, depending on where in the world you may be – but is there a better way to design this power supply?
IP Business Should Learn from EDA’s Playbook
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
Industry veteran sees parallels between IP's opportunity, EDA's rise.
DAC: Coventor Adds Electrical Analytics
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6/7/2016   2 comments
Coventor's SEMulator3D adds electrical analytic tools making the MEMS design program targeted at 3D chip and system design engineers.
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
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5/18/2016   3 comments
ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
Building Multi-Port USB Type-C Adapters for Power
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
In the a previous blog, we discussed some of the challenges when designing AC/DC adapters for USB Type-C power delivery (PD). In that article, we focused on an adapter with a single Type-C output connector. In this article, we’ll examine the complexities introduced when architecting a multi-port Type-C adapter.
Auto Industry Caught in Software Quagmire
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5/3/2016   Post a comment
Software is changing the automotive industry, but is your approach to software development adapting?
Samsung Details Foundry Roadmap
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4/22/2016   3 comments
Officials from Samsung Semiconductor Inc. detailed the company’s foundry roadmap, which includes expanding FD-SOI production and offering low-cost alternatives to existing FinFET technologies.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
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4/21/2016   1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Ams Breaks Ground on N.Y. Fab
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4/20/2016   1 comment
AMS AG broke ground on a wafer fab in upstate New York today, joining the ranks of advanced manufacturers in the region. The Austrian company aims to start volume ramp of high-performance analog wafers by the second half of 2018.
When 3D Printing Meets PCBs
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4/20/2016   2 comments
The convergence of electronics and 3D printing will bring the PCB prototyping in-house.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive?
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4/14/2016   5 comments
The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
Facebook Roadmap Eyes AR/VR, Connectivity
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4/13/2016   2 comments
Facebook's CEO said the company will target three major areas in the next 10 years: connecting everyone to the Internet, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality.
VC Veteran Joins EDA Group
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4/13/2016   Post a comment
Veteran venture capitalist Lucio Lanza joined the recently renamed Electronics Systems Design Alliance as another step in the rejuvenation of the EDA trade group.
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