Design Automation Conference and LiveWorx – Big on IoT and Machine Learning

In June, I attended the Design Automation Conference in Austin, TX and LiveWorx in Boston, MA.  I would like to share some key observations from both events.

  1. The Internet of Things is going to be big; very big!
  2. Success requires partnerships.
  3. IoT is about monetizing data.
  4. Engineering simulation is essential.

The Internet of Things is going to be big!

At the just concluded Design Automation Conference in Austin, speaker after speaker stressed this.

Silicon Labs CEO, Tyson Tuttle, noted that there will be 70 billion Internet connected devices by 2025 with accompanying semiconductors to power them. He repeated McKinsey’s forecast the the Internet of Things will drive between $4 -11 trillion in global economic impact by 2025. Continue reading

TSMC’s InFO Packaging Technology is a Game Changer, empowered by ANSYS

For engineers designing integrated circuits (IC) including system on chips (SoC), using integration and miniaturization to increase performance and bandwidth while reducing power and footprint has been an ongoing, continuous strategy. Now TSMC has developed an InFO packaging technology that is truly a game changer!

Why is InFO technology a game changer?

As mobile phones and other handheld devices continue to be a key driver of semiconductor innovation, chips often go into systems that demand a small footprint and minimum height. Since wiring dimensions of a chip are much smaller than that on a board, a chip cannot be mounted directly on a board. Continue reading

10X Gain in Productivity of Chip‐level Power Integrity Analysis

The internet has inspired the growth and permeation of electronics into everything from coffee machines to automobiles, hand‐held devices, mobile smart phones, healthcare monitoring and treatment equipment, communication devices, high‐end servers and more. Most of these are “always on,” and require the systems on chip (SoC) that drive the electronics to be: Continue reading

Achieving Power Noise Closure and Reliability Sign-off Accuracy for SoCs using Advanced Process Technologies

TSMC’s Partner of the Year Award

TSMC’s Partner of the Year Award

This year, ANSYS received yet another TSMC’s Partner of the Year Award in the category of joint development of the 10nm FinFET Design Infrastructure.  It has been 11 years since TSMC adopted ANSYS RedHawk as an integral part of its Reference Flow 5.0 in 2004, and that was the industry’s first reference flow to achieve dynamic power noise closure for nanometer designs.

Through longstanding, close collaboration between TSMC and ANSYS, ANSYS RedHawk and ANSYS Totem have always been enabled as power integrity and reliability solutions for the most advanced process technology. This has played and continues to play a critical role, enabling mutual customers to innovate and creating revolutionary electronic devices — for smart phones, high-performance computing, automotive, and wearable applications. Continue reading

How Is FinFET Technology Changing the Meaning of Chip Sign-Off?

Physical Representation FinFET TechnologyModern high-tech products using chips that are designed with the latest deep sub-micron process technologies (28nm and below) and FinFET technology offer higher performance, smaller footprint and lower power. However, power integrity analysis and reliability challenges become increasingly complex for chip package designs using these devices.

More stringent manufacturing rules present basic layout challenges and new design innovations require careful consideration of effects such as electromigration (EM), electrostatic discharge (ESD) and noise coupling through substrate, signal and power rails. Even the most thorough sign-off process can often fail to prevent tape-out hurdles or extensive redesign. Therefore, forward-thinking design teams need to address reliability and power integrity long before final sign-off, accounting for their impact during the design process itself. Continue reading