A Horse of a Different Color

Advanced vs. Established Process Geometries

by Amelia Dalton

It's time to saddle up and ride into the semiconductor sunset! Whether you're hitchin' your wagon to a young whipper-snapper node, or lassoin' a long-in-the-tooth workhorse process, the time it takes to get your IC design up and out of the corral may depend more on the software you use to verify your design than on the silicon itself. In this week's Fish Fry, Mary Ann White (Synopsys) and I get down to the very heart of semiconductor design: process geometries. We have ourselves a good ol' time chatting about challenges of FinFET designs, the tricky bits of working with both advanced and established process nodes, and how the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to winning the big product-to-market rodeo.  Read More


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Middle Child Syndrome

Posted on 08/19/14 at 11:17 AM by kevin

kevin
Do you plan to do any design with 20nm? Do the benefits justify the incremental cost?

Life Under 20

Posted on 08/18/14 at 9:43 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
We've seen new equipment for the 16/14 node... Are there other challenges at that node we haven't covered?

The Price of Ignorance

Posted on 08/17/14 at 1:19 PM by SteveNordquis4

SteveNordquis4
I'm pretty sure the $1000 power cord is either for supporting alt currency like 3 jingles and $140 for insured party-proof cord, 8% prix fixe vendor/installers, and audio equipment that has to be certified for surgery and/or commercial kitchen use (also s…

The Price of Ignorance

Posted on 08/14/14 at 12:06 PM by kevin

kevin
I think this upscale trend even hit the FPGA industry with the little-known RetroLogik - back in 2009... ;)

http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20090401_retro/

Kevin

Maryam Mirzakhani becomes 1st woman to win Fields Medal

Posted on 08/14/14 at 11:43 AM by GrodzickyJ

Congratulations Professor Mirzakhani! All the very best in all that you do.

The Price of Ignorance

Posted on 08/14/14 at 11:22 AM by GrodzickyJ

My aim in life at the moment, and hopefully not the major contribution to civilisation, is to come up with the next Tamagochi - harmless, absolutely useless except for parental peace, relatively cheap, and every kid on the planet wants one. Sad and shamel…

A Quantum Computing Milestone

Posted on 08/14/14 at 11:10 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
Does quantum computing scramble your brain as much as it does mine?

Cloud Piano, a robotic installation that plays keys on a piano based on the movement of clouds

Posted on 08/14/14 at 10:55 AM by kevin

kevin
Or for even more sure-fire "sounds like music" algorithm tweaking - it could be restricted to a pentatonic scale. Then, it could do no wrong. Or, perhaps one might see that as "it could do no right"...

The Next Moore’s Law

Posted on 08/14/14 at 10:38 AM by kevin

kevin
Wow, Brian, that's a huge compliment coming from you. Thank you!

You bring some engaging ideas to the party there. Moore's Law could most certainly spawn similar explosions in other disciplines. Underlying some of the examples you are listing, I think …

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Analog power has always been the standard. New digital power modules offer great flexibility, but that comes with a price. For many applications, we'd love to have the simplicity and efficiency of analog power with the features of digital power. In this episode of Chalk TalkHD Amelia Dalton chats with Steve Stella from Microchip Technology about mixing the best of digital and analog power.

Advanced Smart Display Solutions

In today's mobile designs, displays are one of the most important components in differentiating your product. As a result, more people are designing high-resolution displays into mobile devices. But, adding a high-res display to your design can be a complex task. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia chats with Pavel Klinger (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) about GLOBALFOUNDRIES' solutions for the new generation of high-resolution smartphone displays.

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