The Next Generation of Process Engineering: How Human-Machine Collaboration Will Usher In A New Era of Chip Innovation

In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, I’m going deep into the world of atomic-level process engineering with Keren Kanarik from Lam Research. Keren and I discuss how artificial intelligence can help speed up the process and lower the cost of chip innovation. We also investigate the engineering and AI challenges this research was looking to solve and the strategies that Keren and her team at Lam Research … Read More → "The Next Generation of Process Engineering: How Human-Machine Collaboration Will Usher In A New Era of Chip Innovation"

Boosting Semiconductor Fab Productivity by up to 20 Percent!

In the microelectronics industry, the term “semiconductor fabrication plant” (a.k.a. “semiconductor fab”; sometimes called a “foundry”) is a factory for semiconductor device fabrication. In layman’s terms, this is where they build the silicon chips that power our modern world. Even a small fab can easily cost $1 billion. Spending $3 to $5 billion is not uncommon, and you can splash a lot … Read More → "Boosting Semiconductor Fab Productivity by up to 20 Percent!"

Edward Keonjian: The High-IQ, Armenian-American Forrest Gump of Microelectronics, Part 1

The 1986 novel Forrest Gump and the 1994 movie based on the novel depicted a man who was present at many significant events in the 20th century. In that same way, Edward Keonjian managed to be closely associated with many developments in electronics, especially microelectronics. The fictitious character Forrest Gump supposedly had a low IQ, but he loved meeting people. The very real Edward Keonjian also loved meeting people, and he clearly had very high intelligence. … Read More → "Edward Keonjian: The High-IQ, Armenian-American Forrest Gump of Microelectronics, Part 1"

Battlefield Ahead: How Direct RF Will Shape the Future of Electronic Warfare

This week’s Fish Fry podcast is all about direct RF, the critical needs for electronic warfare today, and the world’s first liquid hydrogen flight. My guest Rodger Hosking (Mercury Systems) and I discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of direct RF and why Rodger believes that direct RF can revolutionize Military EW and radar systems. Also this … Read More → "Battlefield Ahead: How Direct RF Will Shape the Future of Electronic Warfare"

Doing the Time Warp with Calibre DesignEnhancer

When I worked on my first ASIC deep in the mists of time that we used to call the 1980s, we employed a traditional “waterfall” model for our design and verification flows. In this case, any activities associated with the project were broken down into linear sequential phases, where each phase depended on the deliverables from the previous one.

The … Read More → "Doing the Time Warp with Calibre DesignEnhancer"

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Beyond the SOT23: The Future of Smaller Packages
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Nexperia
There is a megatrend throughout electronic engineering that is pushing us toward smaller and smaller components and printed circuit boards. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Tom Wolf from Nexperia and Amelia Dalton explore the benefits of a smaller package size for the SOT23. They investigate how new package sizes for this SMD can lower your BOM, decrease your board space and more.
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Accelerating Monte Carlo Simulations for Faster Statistical Variation Analysis, Debugging, and Signoff of Circuit Functionality

Sponsored by Cadence Design Systems

Predicting the probability of failed ICs has become difficult with aggressive process scaling and large-volume manufacturing. Learn how key EDA simulator technologies and methodologies enable fast (minimum number of simulations) and accurate high-sigma analysis.

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TDK PowerHap Piezo Actuators for Ideal Haptic Feedback

Sponsored by TDK

The PowerHap product line features high acceleration and large forces in a very compact design, coupled with a short response time. TDK’s piezo actuators also offers good sensing functionality by using the inverse piezo effect. Typical applications for the include automotive displays, smartphones and tablet.

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Posted on Sep 22 at 8:42am by M. Simon
So sad to hear. I was there at the beginning. Designed the IO board that went into the World's First BBS. I helped Randy and Ward a little with the software. The Intel 8251 was a dog. The 8253 and 8255 were excellent.
Posted on Sep 21 at 6:27am by Max Maxfield
I only hope my words were not too harsh :-)
Posted on Sep 19 at 9:47am by zeeshan174m
A Printed Circuit Board connector, commonly referred to as a PCB connector, plays a pivotal role in the functionality of electronic devices by establishing the connection between a circuit board and its various components. offers PCB connectors.
Posted on Sep 15 at 12:07pm by 1.21 Gigawatts
It should be illegal to burn a man that hard.
Posted on Sep 13 at 10:58am by Max Maxfield
Thanks for the kind words Carel -- I think we are going to see this type of technology pop up all over the place -- we certainly do live in exciting times :-)
Posted on Sep 11 at 9:08am by Steven Leibson
Thanks Brian. Glad you liked the article. --Steve
Posted on Sep 11 at 8:48am by bberg
Thanks very much, Steve! This is a great story, which is wonderfully documented per your perpetually trusted style.
Posted on Sep 10 at 11:57pm by Carel Lombaard
Hey Max, great article, as always! At least, "this lad" found it very entertaining! :) I don't do PCB design but hopefully Virtuoso will be just as clever one day.
Posted on Sep 8 at 6:29am by Max Maxfield
You say: "The story here is simple." And yet, somehow you missed the point of the story. You say: "The story here is simple. Peeple design chips. Now co-pilot will help." However, Flux Copilot is nothing to do with designing chips -- it's a tool to help design printed circuit ...
Posted on Sep 7 at 8:27pm by
This is an outrageously verbose article about a very simple topic. Took five pagefuls to even get to the point. I don't need to know author's life story and how it ties to this amazing invention. The story here is simple. Peeple design chips. Now co-pilot will help. Enough waffling ...
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