Electronic Design

Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafers

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known …



Accellera swallows OCP-IP

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director, New Tech Press

Accellera Systems Initiative, the non-profit standards organization  for electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, has taken over the moribund Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP).

Accelera takes over OCP-IP

Accelera takes over OCP-IP

Accellera has been taking over multiple standards organization in the industry for several years and this is only the latest.  The acquisition includes the current OCP 3.0 standard and supporting infrastructure for reuse of IP blocks used in semiconductor design. OCP-IP and Accellera have been working closely together for many years, but OCP-IP lost corporate and member financial support steadily over the



Dishing on DAC

Jun 21st, 2013 | By

Extension Media and Footwasher Media worked jointly on a project at DAC 2012 to look at where innovation is coming from in the foreseeable future.  New Tech Press Managing Editor Joe Basques asked Extension Media Chief Content Officer John Blyler for his take.



Yotta Data Sciences may have the answer to lowering chip design cost

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

Yesterday we ran a report about whether chip design could be effectively reduced to the point of profitability for innovative designs.  Conventional wisdom said that possibility will not come around for at least 10 years.  But in our year-long investigation we stumbled across a very quiet company, Yotta Data Sciences, and its founder and CEO Tom Grebinski, that might have a solution that would speed the process up within a couple of years.

Grebinski has put his thumbprint on the semiconductor industry for a couple of decades.  He dealt with how ICs are physically composed by pioneering atomic …



Quest for the 10K Chip: Final Report

Jun 10th, 2013 | By

Part 1: Is this trip necessary?

By Lou Covey
New Tech Press
First appeared in Print Version of Chip Design Magazine (June 2013)

At the Design Automation Conference in June 2012, Verilab’s JL Gray posed a perfectly unreasonable question: “Can you build a chip to verified prototype for less than $10,000 that an investor would want to back as a product?”  Over the past few months a variety of experts on the subject came to consensus and, as it turns out, the answer is yes and no. Yes, you can build one to prototype, but no, an investor would not …