Synopsys has introduced the industry's first full-stack AI-powered suite of electronic design automation tools that covers all stages of chip design, from architecture to design and implementation to manufacturing. The suite promises to radically reduce development time, lower costs, improve yields, and enhance performance. The set of tools is set to be extremely useful for chips set to be made on leading-edge nodes, such as 5nm, 3nm, 2nm-class, and beyond. Chip Design Challenges As chips gain complexity and adopt newer process technologies, their design and manufacturing costs escalate to unprecedented levels. Designing a reasonably complex 7 nm chip costs about $300 million (including ~ 40% for software). In contrast, the design cost of an advanced 5 nm processor exceeds $540 million (including software), according to...

Renesas to Buy IDT, Expand Product Portfolio

Renesas this month has announced plans to acquire IDT, making the move as part of a larger bid to expand its product portfolio with IDT's analog mixed-signal capabilities. The...

8 by Anton Shilov on 9/17/2018

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