What do people in the EDA and semiconductor industries expect to happen in 2013? This clearly establishes the directions that they intend to focus on and where they will place their dollars...
Rick Stanton - Director of ENOVIA Strategy for Semiconductor and ALM Experiences, Dassault Systèmes
predict more of a shift towards systems engineering and end-product
focus within the semiconductor industry. The reliance on IP for complex
design is similar to how systems companies leverage part management in
The evolution of the semiconductor bill of
materials (BOM) will include more than just the materials. It will
include processes, compliance information, supply chain information and
The semiconductor market will adopt many of the mature
product design and manufacturing processes from other industries and
apply them to complex IC design.
Dr. Zhihong Liu - Executive Chairman, ProPlus Design Solutions
2012 comes to a close, semiconductor, IP and EDA companies have made
announcements touting availability of their 20nm processes, the
successful tapeout of test chips and tools to support the designs at
leading edge technologies. 20nm is here!
2013 will be the year
the electronics industry is forced to grapple with 20nm to ensure a chip
design gets from GDSII to good silicon, a path fraught with challenges.
As a result, it will be increasingly focused on managing process
variations, or design for yield (DFY), a trend that started from the
Ken Karnofsky - senior strategist for signal processing applications, MathWorks
There will be more “smart” devices. This
trend will spread rapidly beyond consumer devices (such as smart
phones) to a wide range of embedded applications – including security,
driver assistance, and industrial automation. These multifunction
devices will acquire and adapt to input from sensors connected to the
“real world,” and will generate huge amounts of data in the process. This
will drive deeper integration of analog and digital electronics, the
complexity of embedded software, and the computational resources needed
to support simulation and analysis of those systems.
inexpensive hardware will enable engineering students to apply theory
and gain hands-on experience through project-based learning.
Brad Quinton - chief architect, Tektronix
Cloud computing, cloud storage and mobile devices will continue to drive the tech industry as a whole. In
the silicon space this will continue to fuel the rise of low-power
application focused SoCs and the decline of stand-alone general purpose
processors. Success in the SoC market will continue to be
based on firmware and software rather than raw silicon capability and
companies will be increasingly desperate to start developing firmware
and software earlier in the design cycles to meet shrinking product
windows. Hardware assisted Rapid Prototyping / ASIC Prototyping will rise to be the common solution in for early software development.
Markus Willems - Sr. Staff, Product Marketing Manager, Design & Processor Development, Synopsys
will see an increase in embedded vision technology, making machines see
and understand their environment. Computer vision algorithms have been a
long standing research topic and now they make their way into embedded
devices thanks to increased embedded processor performance. Applications
include advanced driver assistance systems (automotive), gesture
control (consumer, medical), and robotics (industrial) where power
efficiency remains the biggest challenge and calls for the design of
application-specific processors in this domain.