Is Big Data for IC Design Too Big to Manage?
News & Analysis 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.
Does Japan Get Industrial IoT?
News & Analysis 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?
Blog 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.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
News & Analysis 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.
Siemens Doubles Down on Automotive Simulation
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Formal Verification Has It Covered!
Blog 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.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
News & Analysis 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?
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
News & Analysis 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.
IBM Bests Insulators
News & Analysis 4/7/2017 8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
News & Analysis 2/3/2017 14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Cadence Breaks Down Automotive ISO 26262
News & Analysis 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.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
News & Analysis 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.
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