Generating this sort of quote is not as easy as you might think (eSilicon says it's "a non-trivial endeavor"). It usually takes around a week (40 hours) to get an MPW quote set up. By comparison, using eSilicon's instant online system, which involves some ferociously clever software behind the GUI (graphical user interface), takes only around 15 minutes. All you have to do is answer a series of questions using pull-down menus, then the system generates all of the relevant outputs and agreements necessary for you to proceed.
Well, eSilicon has now enhanced its automated, instant online quote system to include standard and custom package services. Even better, the instant online quote system also boasts a smartphone interface. MPW package options available online include Wirebond Leadframe, Wirebond BGA, and Flip Chip BGA. Click here for more details.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.