Market Trends and Hardware Assisted Verification

Executive Interview with Ravi Subramanian, SVP & GM of the IC Verification Solutions, Siemens EDA In this interview with Ravi Subramanian, he identifies the latest semiconductor trends, as well as what’s driving those trends, how they are affecting chip design and functional verification and why he is bullish on hardware-assisted verification. I want to start with a not necessarily well-known fact. A report from IDC published last year pointed to significant changes in semiconductor industry profits. Over the past few years, profits have been migrating from software to silicon and technology hardware. The chart underscores the phenomena that over Read More

Market Trends and Hardware Assisted Verification2021-02-08T15:30:09-06:00

Accelerating AI-Defined Cars

Convergence of Edge Computing, Machine Vision and 5G-Connected Vehicles Manouchehr Rafie, Ph.D., VP of Advanced Technologies, AI Chips & Algorithms, Gyrfalcon Technology Today’s societies are becoming ever more multimedia-centric, data-dependent, and automated. Autonomous systems are hitting our roads, oceans, and air space. Automation, analysis, and intelligence is moving beyond humans to “machine-specific” applications. Computer vision and video for machines will play a significant role in our future digital world. Millions of smart sensors will be embedded into cars, smart cities, smart homes, and warehouses using artificial intelligence. In addition, 5G technology will be the data highways in a fully connected Read More

Accelerating AI-Defined Cars2021-02-08T15:03:38-06:00

The Software Piracy Threat to the Global Semiconductor Industry

Paper Submitted by Ted Miracco, CEO, Cylynt COVID-19 has created plenty of global havoc including anti-piracy challenges for professionals working from home. One underreported development is the uptick in software piracy that could range from 20% to 30% since the work-from-home (WFH) orders went into effect. While this trend may seem far removed from hardware design and the semiconductor industry ecosystem, it’s not. Software piracy is insidious even here as clever hackers crack the strongest online fortresses, the weakest and everything in between to steal software companies’ IP. Sure, software piracy is nothing new –– it started soon after the Read More

The Software Piracy Threat to the Global Semiconductor Industry2021-02-08T14:18:31-06:00

The Future of Chip Design

Paper Submitted by Bipul Talukdar, Director of Applications Engineering in North America, SmartDV   The future of chip design in a few short years could look entirely different as the semiconductor industry witnesses an advancing trend toward free and flexible, community-supported hardware designs for the long tail of new applications based on custom semiconductor devices. Anyone now can take advantage of open-source solutions to design their own CPU, custom accelerator or specialized processor, creating a semiconductor renaissance like no other the industry has seen before. In addition, availability of high-performance FPGAs with affordable, commercialized flows give boost to a low-budget, Read More

The Future of Chip Design2020-11-11T10:26:56-06:00

Open Source ASICs Take a Giant Leap Forward with the First Ever Open Foundry PDK

Paper Submitted by Ross Miller, Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Business Unit, SkyWater Technology and Mohamed Kassem, CTO & Co-Founder, Efabless   Wow, 2020 has been a year, hasn’t it? It is going to be remembered for lots of things, including this unprecedented pandemic. Although many industries have been negatively impacted, innovation continues. And, for a very select group, the list of things to remember will include a pivotal milestone for open source application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design. In June of 2020, Google and SkyWater Technology collaborated to release the industry’s first open source foundry process design kit Read More

Open Source ASICs Take a Giant Leap Forward with the First Ever Open Foundry PDK2020-11-11T10:18:41-06:00

The Price We Pay for Faults

Paper Submitted by Marc Witteman, CEO, Riscure   Abstract Hardware Fault Attacks can break software security by revealing secrets during program execution, or changing the behaviour of a program. Without profound knowledge of these attacks, it is hard to defend code effectively. Whereas traditional secure programming methods focus mostly on input validation and output control, fault resistance requires pervasive protection throughout the code. This paper explains the background and risk of fault injection, and proposes to use secure programming patterns for security critical devices. We show that repairing unprotected products suffering from fault injection vulnerabilities is hardly affordable. It is Read More

The Price We Pay for Faults2020-11-11T09:58:48-06:00

Semiconductor Verification for New-Wave AI Cloud Devices

Paper Submitted by Dave Kelf, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Breker Verification Systems The advent of cloud computing has opened new opportunities for extensive data processing. Coupling cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with Artificial Intelligence (AI) has enabled a panoply of application opportunities. Highway control, winery growth patterns, automated surveillance all represent diverse examples. The use of AI semiconductors that can apply Machine Learning (ML) to accelerate these applications is key. Be they part of the cloud infrastructure, or operating on the IoT edge, AI provides automated analysis never before possible. AI companies and projects have Read More

Semiconductor Verification for New-Wave AI Cloud Devices2020-07-20T14:36:18-05:00

Via PUF Technology as a Root of Trust in IoT Supply Chain

A Study on PUF Technology as Silicon "InbornID" Paper Submitted by Teddy Kyung Lee, CTO, ICTK Root of Trust in IoT Supply Chain The introduction of internet communication is a complete game-changer in human life. Internet connection means unlimited freedom. Wherever we are, we can reach anywhere else in the world with the connection. The number of endpoints in the network increases exponentially as many IoT devices and mobile devices are connected to the network. However, at the same time, the chances of sensitive data being stolen or compromised are also increased in the sea of unlimited freedom space, where Read More

Via PUF Technology as a Root of Trust in IoT Supply Chain2020-05-04T08:45:29-05:00

Seizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

While technological innovation and disruption is a constant theme, every few decades we witness changes brought by a technology disruption that sets the stage for massive new opportunities while upending market leaders. In the 1980s, the disruption came in the form of the PC, which transformed the computing industry. For $2,500—roughly 1% of the cost of a mainframe—companies could now put computing power directly in the hands of their employees. Over the next decade, costs continued to plummet, processing power soared, and the Internet emerged, laying the groundwork for another disruption, in the 2000s: the WiFi-enabled smartphone. The new technology, Read More

Seizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence2019-04-10T08:13:53-05:00

Deep Learning-How Afraid Are You of Pigeons?

In their 1995 paper Watanabe et al described how they trained pigeons placed into an operant conditioning chamber (Skinner box), in a conditional experiment where they were rewarded with food for pecking when presented with a painting of the correct artist. The trained pigeons were able to discriminate between paintings by Chagal and Van Gogh with 95% accuracy on seen (trained) works by the two artists, and were still 85% successful for unseen paintings by the artists. The result demonstrated that the pigeons did not simply memorize the pictures, but were actually able to extract and recognize the "style" of the artists by generalizing from what they had already seen to Read More

Deep Learning-How Afraid Are You of Pigeons?2019-04-10T10:04:22-05:00