29 Nov '16, 6pm

Predicting Semiconductor Industry Growth: Drop the Crystal Ball and Use the Gompertz Curve

Predicting Semiconductor Industry Growth: Drop the Crystal Ball and Use the Gompertz Curve

Big data and big chips are changing the way the semiconductor industry does design. It used to be that engineers got along with a simulator and tools that helped with the stimulus for design, measurement and analysis, and debug. It's the big data center, processing of big data, and data analytics that drove chip design for networking, processors, and graphics into the hardware emulation world. Recently, the hardware emulation business, which was a pretty sleepy business of about $150 million a year, jumped to $350 million. The emulator moved from the laboratory and a mass of wires into becoming a server in the data center. Any engineer designing big digital network equipment, CPUs, graphics chips, or video chips has made the switch from simulation to emulation. Companies have one emulator and it's shared remotely worldwide.

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=13...

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