Magma Design Automation introduced their SystemNav tool. SystemNav extends CAD navigation and circuit debug from integrated circuits (ICs) to stacked die, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and multichip modules (MCMs). The next-generation tool offers comprehensive capabilities, including localizing and tracing faults to, from and through commonly used stacked dies. SystemNav reduces the time required for fault isolation and root cause analysis.
At DAC 2010, ECSI (Electronic Chips & Systems design Initiative) is offering a workshop titled, Choosing Advanced Verification Methods. The workshop will present a survey of recent verification solution advances and will bring insight into the effects these technologies are having on leading edge design projects. Measurable impact on quality, time-to-market, schedule, efficiency, and actual ROI will be analyzed. Participants will be able to hear from real engineers about their verification problems and their experiences in the deployment of these technologies.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), 2009 worldwide semiconductor revenues declined to $225.1 billion (decrease of 9%). The top five chip suppliers were Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Qualcomm. The five suppliers maintained about 34.3% of the semiconductor market. So far, 2010 appears to be very strong. Semiconductor inventory checks indicate strong demand in the first half of 2010 with order rates expected to normalize in the second half of the year. Assuming there are no macroeconomic shocks to global economy, IDC expects 16-18% year-over-year semiconductor revenue growth for 2010.
HP Labs researchers have discovered that the memristor is capable of performing logic functions. As a result, it may be possible in the future to have computations performed in chips where data is stored instead of on a specialized central processing unit. A memristor is a resistor with memory that represents the fourth basic circuit element in electrical engineering.