Getting started in structured assembly in complex SoC designs

The integration level of a system-on-chip (SoC) is defined in RTL, just like the rest of the design. Historically, RTL has been built through text editors. However, a decade or more ago, the sheer complexity of that task for the largest SoCs became unmanageable; now, most SoCs cross that threshold. Why is this? The number … Read more

Has China’s domestic chip industry reached an inflection point?

There’s been a fundamental shift in the $550 billion semiconductor industry in the post-Covid times: chip companies in China are growing and expanding faster than the rest of the industry after the U.S. sanctions were put in place in 2020. A Bloomberg report shows that 19 of the world’s 20 fastest-growing semiconductor firms are in … Read more

Temperature Drift in Resistors and Op-amps—Flicker Noise and Signal Averaging

Learn about temperature drift in electronic circuits, namely in resistors and amplifiers. We’ll also cover how the effect of flicker noise comes into play and how drift limits the effectiveness of signal averaging. Even under fixed electrical conditions (supply voltage, input, and load), electronic circuits are not perfectly stable as they tend to drift with … Read more

RF design collaboration streamlines 5G/6G SoC development

Synopsys offers an RF design reference flow and companion design solutions kit that speed design closure on Samsung Foundry’s 8-nm FinFET process. The 8-nm RF design reference flow, which tightly integrates software from Synopsys and Ansys, enhances time-to-results, quality-of results, and cost-of-results for advanced-node RF designs in 5G/6G applications. Sangyun Kim, corporate vice president of … Read more

Why has Nordic Semi acquired an embedded memory supplier?

Memory has become an increasingly vital ingredient of the ultra-low-power Internet of Things (IoT) chip designs, and that’s apparent from Nordic Semiconductor’s acquisition of low-voltage embedded SRAM supplier Mobile Semiconductor. It’s a privately-held U.S. company specializing in embedded memory technology for microcontrollers and system-on-chips (SoCs). It’s important to note that Nordic has been working with … Read more

DSP IPs for radar, lidar and communication processing applications

The DSP IP cores continue to provide more flexible compute options while allowing system-on-chip (SoC) designers to tailor the instruction set, add data types, and implement tightly-integrated interfaces between the DSP and external logic. These IPs are also supported by a comprehensive set of complex math library functions. Take the case of two new DSP … Read more

The CHIPS Act stalemate threatens U.S. IC manufacturing revival

The roadblocks in the way of Produce Semiconductors for America Act—commonly known as the CHIPS Act—have put America’s semiconductor revival in IC manufacturing in the doldrums. Intel has pulled the plug on the groundbreaking of its Ohio fab in response to the slow passage of the CHIPS Act, while its CEO Pat Gelsinger sent a … Read more

Think Silicon rolls out RISC-V 3D GPU

Graphics IP provider Think Silicon demonstrated what it believes is the first 3D GPU based on the RISC-V RV64C ISA at Embedded World 2022. NEOX is a parallel multicore and multithreaded GPU that can be configured with 4 to 64 cores organized in 1 to 16 cluster elements, each configured for cache sizes and thread … Read more

The 3-nm fab race: Samsung reportedly nears the finish line

Just a few days after TSMC provided details of its 3-nm process node at the company’s 2022 North America Technology Symposium, there are reports that fab archrival Samsung is starting its 3 nm-based chip manufacturing this week. TSMC plans to begin its 3 nm production by the end of this year. It’s important to note … Read more