SEMI gathered Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys to develop the SEMI Server Certification protocol, intended to foil piracy in electronic design automation software. "Software piracy is a growing challenge and threatens to stifle innovation for EDA companies and customers alike," Cadence's Nimish Modi says.
Four industry experts talk about the latest developments for artificial intelligence design and technology at the network's edge in this roundtable interview. "Obviously, a lot of the inference is going more toward the end points, but the data center is still very relevant," says Steven Woo of Rambus.
Foxconn Technology Group and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. are among the key suppliers to Apple possibly considering whether they want an equity stake in Arm Holdings, which is up for sale, the Nikkei reports. Apple itself, Huawei Technologies, Nvidia and Qualcomm are among the chip design companies that depend on Arm's semiconductor intellectual property for processors going into mobile devices, sources note.
Maggy, a Belgian company, chose the Bluetooth system-in-package module technology from Silicon Labs for a wearable gadget that will alert people to social distancing requirements. The wearable is meant for workplaces where distancing is difficult, such as pharmaceutical, logistical and industrial environments.
Marvell Technology Group brought out Ethernet switches and PHY offerings targeting enterprise edge applications, while providing analytics, security and visibility. "These deployment use cases are driving emerging requirements in terms of security, analytics, visibility and automation," says Sameh Boujelbene of Dell'Oro Group, a telecommunications market research firm.
Toshiba worked with MikroElektronika to supply motor driver chips that can be used on Click format printed circuit boards. The technology enables professional prototyping of new products that can't be handled with Arduino and Raspberry Pi boards.
Codasip collaborated with Metrics Design Automation to integrate Codasip's Pro SweRV Core support package with Metrics' SystemVerilog RTL Simulation Platform. The combination is meant to make verification of register-transfer level abstractions easier in application-specific integrated circuit design.
Samsung Foundry is said to be in a deal to design and manufacture microchips for Cisco Systems and Google, the Electronic Times reports. Samsung is reportedly developing a telecommunications chip for Cisco and working on an application processor and a body motion sensor for Google.
Richard Chang, the founder and former CEO of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., is sanguine about China's ambitious plans to match the world in advanced semiconductor technology, telling a livestream forum, "I am optimistic and believe we can catch up." Meanwhile, the Chinese government gave the green light to tax incentives for mature domestic semiconductor suppliers, including a decade-long exemption from corporate income taxes if the chip companies turn out products with 28-nanometer features or are made with more advanced process technologies.