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Will 2024 Really Be Intel’s Year to Retake the Lead in Semiconductor Process Technology?

Way, way back in my high school senior English class, I learned about the six critical components of a news story: who, what, when, where, why, and extent (5WE). Today’s story focuses on Intel’s expansive plans to retake the lead in the never-ending semiconductor race and primarily covers four of these critical story components: what, when, who, and why. Intel has announced that it plans … Read More → "Will 2024 Really Be Intel’s Year to Retake the Lead in Semiconductor Process Technology?"

Can Isotopically Pure Silicon Chips Switch 1,000X Faster?

I was just introduced to a company that has developed an affordable, clean, efficient way to separate out the isotopes of elements, including silicon and uranium. It was the potential for an isotopically pure form of silicon for use in both regular silicon chips and quantum computers that made my eyes open wide.

I’m constantly amazed by all the things I don’ … Read More → "Can Isotopically Pure Silicon Chips Switch 1,000X Faster?"

The World Needs Analog: How Celera is Changing the Future of Analog Design

How about some analog design to start off your Friday? Celera CEO Pat Brockett and Celera COO Alberto Viviani join me this week to discuss the challenges of automating analog design, why there is a widespread need for custom analog chips, and how Celera is dramatically changing the face of analog chip design. Also this week, I investigate new sound-powered sensors and how these passive sound-sensitive sensors could save … Read More → "The World Needs Analog: How Celera is Changing the Future of Analog Design"

Designing MPU/MCU/SoC/AI Hardware? Are You Sure Your Security Features Are Secure?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll doubtless say it again (actually, now I come to think about it, I’ve said “I’ve said it before, and I’ll doubtless say it again” before, and I’ll doubtless say it again; whatever you do, don’t get me rambling about recursion), I cannot help but don my frowny face when I think about those nefarious … Read More → "Designing MPU/MCU/SoC/AI Hardware? Are You Sure Your Security Features Are Secure?"

Generative AI Is Coming to the Edge!

Over the past few months, I’ve waffled on (as is my wont) about various flavors (ooh, tasty) of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI). On the menu were items like GitHub Copilot, which generates code (throwing in errors and security vulnerabilities for free), and Metabob from Metabob (can you spell “Zen”), which looks at the code generated by GitHub Copilot and takes the bugs and security vulnerabilities … Read More → "Generative AI Is Coming to the Edge!"

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chalk talks
SLM Silicon.da Introduction — Synopsys  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Guy Cortez from Synopsys investigate how Synopsys’ Silicon.da platform can increase engineering productivity and silicon efficiency while providing the tool scalability needed for today’s semiconductor designs. They also walk through the steps involved in a SLM workflow and examine how this open and extensible platform … Read More → "SLM Silicon.da Introduction — Synopsys"
Shift Left with Calibre — Siemens  In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and David Abercrombie from Siemens investigate the details of Calibre’s shift-left strategy. They take a closer look at how the tools and techniques in this design tool suite can help reduce signoff iterations and time to tapeout while also increasing design quality. Click here for more … Read More → "Shift Left with Calibre — Siemens"
One Year of Synopsys Cloud: Adoption, Enhancements and Evolution — Synopsys  The adoption of the cloud in the design automation industry has encouraged innovation across the entire semiconductor lifecycle. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Vikram Bhatia from Synopsys about how Synopsys is redefining EDA in the Cloud with the industry’s first complete browser-based EDA-as-a-Service cloud platform. They explore the benefits … Read More → "One Year of Synopsys Cloud: Adoption, Enhancements and Evolution — Synopsys"
Automated Benchmark Tuning — Synopsys   Benchmarking is a great way to measure the performance of computing resources, but benchmark tuning can be a very complicated problem to solve. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Nozar Nozarian from Synopsys and Amelia Dalton investigate Synopsys’ Optimizer Studio that combines an evolution search algorithm with a powerful user interface that can … Read More → "Automated Benchmark Tuning — Synopsys"
Chipageddon: What’s Happening, Why It’s Happening and When Will It End — Digi & Mouser Electronics  Semiconductors are an integral part of our design lives, but supply chain issues continue to upset our design processes. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Ronald Singh from DIGI and Amelia Dalton investigate the variety of reasons behind today’s semiconductor supply chain woes. They also take a closer look at how a system-on-module approach … Read More → "Chipageddon: What’s Happening, Why It’s Happening and When Will It End — Digi & Mouser Electronics"
Enabling Digital Transformation in Electronic Design with Cadence Cloud — Cadence  With increasing design sizes, complexity of advanced nodes, and faster time to market requirements – design teams are looking for scalability, simplicity, flexibility and agility. In today’s Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Mahesh Turaga from Cadence Design Systems about the details of Cadence’s end to end cloud portfolio, how you can extend your … Read More → "Enabling Digital Transformation in Electronic Design with Cadence Cloud — Cadence"