We’re running the gamut of electronic design in this week’s episode of Fish Fry. Chris Dries (CEO – UnitedSiC) and I discuss some common cascode issues facing hardware designers today and what UnitedSiC is doing to help ease the pain of those issues. We also chat about the advantages (and limitations) of silicon carbide and why he thinks silicon carbide will become the semiconductor of choice for power … Read More → "Silicon Carbide’s Time to Shine"
Vision in living beings is a pretty incredible thing. The eyeball hardware and the brain software seem effortlessly to do what we struggle to do in inorganic hardware and software. But we’re making progress. And, today, we take on two vision topics – but, unlike in the past, they’re not closely related. They’re about two very different aspects of vision. And we’ll take them in the … Read More → "Seeing and Being Seen"
“Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third.”—Abbot and Costello
Recent news regarding progress made by semiconductor process technology’s major players has left me feeling like I’m listening to the classic Abbot and Costello “Who’s on First?” baseball comedy skit. … Read More → "Who’s on First?"
In music, Legato means smooth and connected, without distinct breaks. Or, in electronics parlance – analog. Analog circuits are arguably the most difficult to design and the most complex to simulate. Engineers with mystical knowledge and decades of experience toil endlessly to find just the right combination of component values that will yield the desired results. And that’s just for the nominal case.
Now, try putting that … Read More → "Molto Legato Senza Failure"
Coventor released its most recent version of their SEMulator3D tool not long ago. Just as a refresher, this is the tool that lets process engineers model, analyze, and visualize the impact of a semiconductor process. If you’ve seen nothing else about them, you might have seen animated movies of a process … Read More → "Five Major Adds by Coventor"
We give far too much air time to high end FPGAs. It’s too easy, really. Our eyes glaze over at all the talk of FinFETs, 58 gig PAM4 SerDes, optical transceivers, HBM stacks, and gazillions of monster-truck LUTs, and we find ourselves hammering away at our keyboards fantasizing about all the amazing things that will be accomplished by these milestone achievements in semiconductor engineering.< … Read More → "Mid-Range Mayhem"