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Is Big Data for IC Design Too Big to Manage?
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
In the big-data era, semiconductor companies are designing ICs for data centers. The question is if these chip designers use big data themselves. After all, there’s no shortage of raw data – spit out by different EDA vendors’ tools.
Optimizing Designs Through System Simulation
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
Design optimization through an analytical approach using numerical algorithms helps engineers to develop optimal designs through simulation.
Monolithic 3D Shows Promise, Challenges
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10/23/2017   6 comments
Researchers said monolithic 3D chip stacks have promise but face several challenges at an event attended by CEA-Leti, Qualcomm, ARM and others.
Does Japan Get Industrial IoT?
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
When it comes to sensor data and automation technologies, Japanese companies know how to use them effectively to improve productivity -- especially on the factory floor. Unfortunately, all that knowhow doesn’t necessarily translate to the Industrial Internet of Things.
Winner-Takes-All Strategy at Customers' Expense?
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
Competitors, partners, and customers in our interdependent semiconductor industry often have mutual interests that could benefit from cooperation. By offering customers efficiency, we’d all win. Sadly, that’s not how things often work.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
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9/14/2017   8 comments
TSMC added process and packaging variants to its broad foundry portfolio, but one analyst said that some updated results were below projections that it made six months ago.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Modeling of Wide Band Gap Devices for Accurate Simulation
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9/7/2017   2 comments
Creating accurate models for Wide Band Gap (WBG) power devices representing their complete behavior is vital to the system simulation for ensuring that the simulation results are highly accurate.
Siemens Doubles Down on Automotive Simulation
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8/31/2017   3 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Tass International, a Dutch simulation software company. The deal adds automated driving solutions to Siemens’ portfolio. Siemens will combine Tass’ simulation software with Mentor’s EDA solutions to “frontload the verification and validation of autonomous vehicles.”
AMD’s CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks
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7/24/2017   9 comments
AMD’s chief technologist talks about the company’s needs in 7nm foundry processes, multi-die packaging and EDA for its x86 and graphics processors.
DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas
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7/20/2017   1 comment
DARPA kicked off its Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a set of research efforts for life after Moore’s law.
Scenes From Semicon West 2017
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
A collection of images taken from the halls, stages and exhibit floor of the annual Semicon West semiconductor equipment and materials tradeshow.
Formal Verification Has It Covered!
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7/14/2017   Post a comment
Reducing the risk of malfunctions that could ultimately lead to the physical harm of road users is a huge challenge. That’s why many of the auto makers turn to formal verification.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
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.
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