Media Coverage

Semiconductor Engineering

Chiplet Momentum Builds, Despite Tradeoffs

May 13, 2019

Chip design is a series of tradeoffs. Some are technical, others are related to cost, competitive features or legal restrictions. But with the nascent ‘chiplet’ market, many of the established balance points are significantly altered, depending on market segments and ecosystem readiness.


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Chiplets For All

May 11, 2019

The slow-down of lithographic scaling in semiconductor devices has had a major impact on the design of computer enabled products. Semiconductor designers are looking for new ways to provide the increasing computing capability needed to support our data intensive future. This led to multi-core processors, processor accelerators and the concept of chiplets.


Business Insider

A Facebook-led Organization is About to Change the $469 Billion Semiconductor Industry Forever

May 06, 2019

The $469 billion computer chip industry is about to be radically altered. Engineers at the Open Compute Project, a powerful industry organization founded by Facebook, are working on a new way to design, build and buy chips.


New Electronics

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

April 15, 2019

The question facing both groups like the ODSA and the server builders is which high-speed protocols and interfaces to support. According to Bapi Vinnakota, director of silicon-architecture programme management at network-processor specialist Netronome and a member of the ODSA workshop, one way to avoid having to make that decision as a group is to back PCIe’s digital interface to physical-layer modules, known as PIPE. Chipmakers will be able to decide which electrical-layer links to support underneath and also pick and choose between various protocols that can sit on top of PIPE.


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Electronic Connections: Economics Slowly Shift Toward the Multichip Option

April 04, 2019

In the world of mainstream chipmaking, the idea of putting multiple chips in each package has made theoretical sense but rarely worked in practice. Often, the multichip module was put out of its misery by the economic reality that you generally wind up with cheaper silicon if you pour as much as possible into the one chip. The multichip module has often been a stopgap, as a way to get more performance out of a system while Moore’s Law catches up with demand.