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DAC is a great place to gather information about products and technologies. However it can be difficult to chase down the information you need because you may need to cover a lot of ground to hear or talk to the people with the right knowledge. Fortunately ...
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This year is most notably the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law. It is also the 25th anniversary of Concept Engineering. They were founded in 1990 in Freiburg Germany. They started by providing automatic schematic generation from netlist. They sold ...
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Combine the pressures of Moore's Law which enable billion transistor SoCs and the shortened time to market from consumer electronics product cycles and you have the perfect storm for EDA tool vendors. A modern SoC can have 500 or more blocks, creating both a design and verification challenge. How in the world do you write software that can handle larger designs, in a shorter amount of time, with better PPA (Power, Performance, Area) ...
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A few months ago, when the Xilinx UltraScale VU440 FPGA began shipping, one of the immediate claims was a quad-FPGA-based prototyping board touted as “Godzilla’s Butcher on Steroids”. That was a refreshing and creative PR approach, frankly. ...
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I was talking recently to Dina Medhat, a senior technical marketing engineer at Mentor, about, of all things, IO rings. It has not occurred to me that verifying that your IO rings comply with foundry rules presents new challenges.

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Does the evil sounding phenomenon known as Dark Silicon create a big opportunity for FPGA vendors as was predicted recently by Pacific Crest Securities? John Vinh posits that using multiple cores as a method of scaling throughput is flattening out, and the use of FPGA’s to perform computation can help off-load and thus overcome this issue.
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With the increase in SoC designs’ sizes and complexities, the verification continuum has grown larger to an extent that the strategies for design convergence need to be applied from the very beginning of the design flow. Often designers are stuck with never ending iterations between RTL, gate and transistor levels at different ...
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The attraction to an IP-based design methodology is that you can assemble an SoC from ready-made IP blocks, saving you valuable engineering development and verification time, while reducing risks from having to develop something from scratch and hoping that they meet industry standard specs. ARM ...
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The personal computing market started out back in the late 1970's, with IBM being a relative late-comer in 1981, however over many decades we've seen the unit volumes steadily increasing each year driving demand of semiconductors of all types. IC Insights is a research ...
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Since 1978 I've seen many trends in the semiconductor design world: transistor-level IC design, gate-level design, RTL coding, High Level Synthesis (HLS) and IP re-use. We've witnessed the growth in design productivity enabling chips starting with just thousands of transistor all the way up to billions of transistors by using newer design paradigms and more advanced process nodes, like 14 nm FinFET ...
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Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. I fear the Greeks especially when bearing gifts. In Virgil's Aeneid these words are spoken by the Trojan priest Laocoön warning about the wooden horse that the Greeks have offered Troy. But to no avail, Laocoön ...
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On July 4, 2012, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that the ATLAS and CMS experiments had each observed a new particle, which is consistent with the Higgs boson predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a general-purpose detector with a broad physics program that includes the Higgs boson. The CMS experiment is one of the largest international scientific collaborations in history, involving 4,300 particle physicists, engineers, technicians, students and support staff from 182 institutes in 42 countries.
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The SemiWiki Project, the premier semiconductor question and answer site, is a growing online community of 50,000+ professionals involved with the semiconductor design and manufacturing ecosystem. 

The SemiWiki mission statement: FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE SEMICONDUCTOR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING ECOSYSTEM!

As a SemiWiki Member you may adopt a screen name to protect your identity but you must register with real names and the company you work for. Only semiconductor professionals qualify as SemiWiki Members and all Member information will be held in the strictest confidence.

Today everything and everyone is connected and crowd sourced. In fact, all social media, from blogs, to forums, and wikis have a profound impact on how people communicate, search for information, and make decisions. For vendors, social media is no longer an experiment or a moonlighting function. Social media is now an integral part of corporate communications.

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While Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines will continue to play an important role in social media, KNOWLEDGE SHARING sites like SemiWiki are the new search. The role of user generated content has changed the way information is exchanged. In contrast to the SALES experience offered by EDA/IP portals, vendor websites, and webinars, SemiWiki brings technology and technologists closer together than ever before, providing in-demand content and facilitating peer-to-peer communications using Web 2.0 technologies.

Forums and wikis will be co-moderated by SemiWiki Bloggers. SemiWiki Bloggers include industry professionals: Daniel NenniPaul McLellanDaniel PayneEric Esteve, and Ed McKernan.

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