Leaping the Chasm to 7nm Semiconductor Design

Every new, smaller technology node developed in the semiconductor field has its own challenges, and the 7nm node is no exception. Usually a smaller technology node decreases price per transistor, but the cost benefits usually obtained from the smaller geometry are not as significant as in previous node changes. In fact, the increased complexity of lithography masks has made the unit cost per transistor slightly higher for 7nm devices. To offset these higher costs, products using 7nm semiconductors need higher margins, larger sales volumes and significantly higher performance than previous nodes. Achieving these goals requires designers to overcome a number of technical challenges, making upfront engineering simulation even more important than ever.7nm semiconductor design challenges

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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

Designing Products for the IoT Economy

image of Mike North Discovery Channel

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Designers of Things  conference in San Francisco.  One of my favorite presentations came from Dr. Mike North — host of Discovery Channel shows Prototype This,  Outrageous Acts of Science and In The Making — where he discussed the vast scope of technology’s reach in the modern world. In the video he presented, a sensor-loaded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) responded to a cell-phone call to pin-point a swimmer in distress and deliver a life jacket to them. What we could only imagine a decade ago, is now fast becoming a reality – intelligent, autonomous, helpful machines.

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New Technologies for Aerodynamics

I just finished reading a great article from Bob Coopersmith on new technologies for aerodynamics. This is such a new and exciting technology that I could not resist sharing it with you.

“We all know the importance of computers in today’s engineering environment. The latest advances in cryogenically cooled semiconductor technology and microscopic germanium subwafer assembly has made desktop 100 MINS (millions of NavierStokes solutions) machines commonplace in engineering use. Continue reading