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SEMI MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Invites Proposals for Funding of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technology Innovations thumbnail

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), a SEMI Technology Community, today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding the development and manufacture of advanced positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) sensor components and systems. SEMI MSIG will award funding to U.S. teams or organizations with a wide range of research and development capabilities. White paper …

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TANAKA Establishes New Ruthenium Film Deposition Process thumbnail

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Koichiro Tanaka), which operates the TANAKA Precious Metals manufacturing business, announced today that TANAKA has established a two-stage film deposition process using the liquid ruthenium (Ru) precursor “TRuST.” TRuST is a precursor that has excellent reactivity with both oxygen and hydrogen and can …

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Enhance IC Reliability Design Verification With Coordinate-Based P2P And CD Checking thumbnail

Coordinate-based P2P and CD checks with the Calibre PERC reliability platform enable quick early-stage design verification of ESD protection and other IC reliability issues. Using coordinate-based checking minimizes the amount of rule deck coding required, enabling design teams to start Calibre PERC P2P/CD verification very quickly, and understand and debug the results easily. Because P2P/CD …

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A New Breed Of EDA Required thumbnail

While doing research for one of my stories this month, a couple of people basically said that applying methodologies of the past to the designs of today can be problematic because there are fundamental differences in the architectures and workloads. While I completely agree, I don’t think these statements go far enough. Designs of today …

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IC Reliability Burden Shifts Left thumbnail

Chip reliability is coming under much tighter scrutiny as IC-driven systems take on increasingly critical and complex roles. So whether it’s a stray alpha particle that flips a memory bit, or some long-dormant software bugs or latent hardware defects that suddenly cause problems, it’s now up to the chip industry to prevent these problems in …

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Why Hardware-Dependent Software Is So Critical thumbnail

Hardware and software are two sides of the same coin, but they often live in different worlds. In the past, hardware and software rarely were designed together, and many companies and products failed because the total solution was unable to deliver. The big question is whether the industry has learned anything since then. At the …

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Adaptive Clocking: Minding Your P-States And C-States thumbnail

Larger processor arrays are here to stay for AI and cloud applications. For example, Ampere offers a 128-core behemoth for hyperscalers (mainly Oracle), while Esperanto integrates almost 10x more cores for AI workloads. However, power management becomes increasingly important with these arrays, and system designers need to balance dynamic power with system latency. As we …

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Embedded World 2022: Structural Changes In Ecosystems thumbnail

As my train approaches Nuremberg for the Embedded World conference—which this year is in June versus its usual timing in February—I am reviewing my past related blogs back to 2012. My complaints about the cold weather have been a common thread in past blogs, but with a weather forecast of 28°C/80°F, I will probably ask …

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EDA Embraces Big Data Amid Talent Crunch thumbnail

The semiconductor industry’s labor crunch finally has convinced chip designers to bet big money on big data. As recently as 2016, executives weren’t sure there was a market for big data approaches to electronic design automation. The following year, utilization of big data remained stuck in its infancy. And in 2018, Semiconductor Engineering questioned why …

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DDR5: How Faster Memory Speeds Shape The Future thumbnail

Faster data processing requires faster memory. Double data rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory (DDR SDRAM) enables the world’s computers to work with the data in memory. DDR is used everywhere — not just in servers, workstations, and desktops, but it is also embedded in consumer electronics, automobiles, and other system designs. DDR SRAM is used for running applications and …

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