December 10, 2012

Germanium finFETs, TFETs and MEMS modelled at IEDM

The modelling track at IEDM 2012 showed how germanium could be used in 14nm finFETs. Other work focused on tunnel FETs and analyzing MEMS using Spice.
December 4, 2012

IPSoC: Configurability and the rise of the IP factory

Traditional IP reuse is giving way to configurable, customized cores delivered by semi-automated "IP factory" groups.
December 4, 2012

IPSoC: 20nm causes analog ‘density fill headaches’

20nm design is fraught with problems for analog design but one that causes the biggest headaches is density variation, says Synopsys' Joachim Kunkel.
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December 4, 2012

IPSoC: Tabula aims for 22nm white-label parts

Tabula expects to have 22nm FPGAs next year and is trying to recruit IP developers to an 'app store' for data-center hardware.
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December 4, 2012

FinFET tipsheet for IEDM

finFETs are vital to the next generation of CMOS processes from Intel, TSMC and others. How will process issues including bulk vs SOI substrates, density limitations, thickness control, and planar device integration affect their practical implementation?
November 27, 2012

Cadence gears up for automotive switch to ethernet

Cadence Design Systems has developed semiconductor IP for the automotive industry's OPEN Alliance to make ethernet the core networking backbone of future motor vehicles.
November 19, 2012

‘Process and metrics before tools for better verification’

Chip-design teams are running into problems with verification because they are focused too much on tools and not enough on processes, Mentor Graphics chief scientist Harry Foster explained today at the first of a series of Verification Futures seminars hosted by TVS in Europe this week.
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November 16, 2012

IJTAG: delivering an industry platform for IP test and integration

Mentor's Stephen Pateras explains how the proposed IJTAG standard speeds IP test by replacing time-consuming custom and ad hoc methodologies.
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November 16, 2012

3DIC – the advantages and the challenges of vertical integration

The advantages and challenges of 3D IC integration, as we add vertical functional integration options to the traditional planar integration brought by the progress of Moore's Law.
November 12, 2012

Synopsys FPGA prototyping launch puts pragmatism first

HAPS-70 boards launch with latest Xilinx chips, high-speed time-domain multiplexing and Synopsys' take on the debug crunch.
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