Semico Research has introduced a new report, underlining and addressing the various complex SoC design concerns as well as their continuing rise in design cost. According to the report, SoC Silicon and Software 2018 Design Cost Analysis: How Rising Costs Impact SoC Design Starts, the average design cost for Basic SoCs across all geometries in 2017 was $1.7 million.The semiconductor industry today is faced with several substantial issues-not the least of which are the continuing rise in design costs for complex SoCs, the decrease in the incidence of first-time-right designs and the increase in the design cycle time against shrinking market windows and decreasing product life cycles. An additional factor has now been added to SoC design costs with the emergence of very complicated software applications intended to run on the SoC silicon. The costs of the software effort have outstripped the silicon design costs and have become a major part of the cost of these designs. IP integration is also a growing part of design costs.Analysis of design activity for the three types of SoCs profiled in the report shows that while design costs at new nodes continue to increase, the average design cost at each node is not increasing as quickly, giving room for designers to still accomplish their silicon solutions at reasonable costs if they are prudent in their design selection. For each of the three types of SoC there is still considerable activity at the older nodes of 90nm, 65nm and 40nm. Costs at these geometries are much less than at 10nm and 7nm so even though these newer designs cost much more, the average for all SoCs has dropped due to the increase in new designs for Basic SoC.Key findings of the report include: Click here to download/buy this report. What is the current cost for a Complex System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design, and what will it be in the near future? Is it possible to do SoC designs without maximizing the costs for these designs What is the incidence of ‘first-time-right’ for these designs today and in the near future? How is the design cycle time for these designs changing? How do complicated software applications impact the design costs? How fast are IP integration costs rising, and how high will they go? What strategies are designers using to cope with rising design costs? What is the average silicon design cost today for each process geometry and SoC type, and how quickly is it rising? What impact will EDA tools that include some artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) functionality have on design costs for complex silicon? In a unique, insightful look at this constantly evolving market, the report examines the primary forces and integration pressures that are driving this market today. It analyzes many important questions facing the semiconductor industry today including: The average design cost for Value Multicore SoCs across all geometries was $4.8M in 2017 The average design cost for all SoCs across all geometries is forecast to increase to $5.3M by 2023 The number of ‘first-time-right’ designs has dropped at every process geometry since the 180nm node Silicon design costs at the 7nm node for an Advanced Performance Multicore SoC first-time effort are projected to be 23% higher than at the 10nm node.
There was music, food and an auction at the former West La Follette School Cafeteria to raise money for Ford and his family. The Ford’s three teenage boys, Landyn, Ryland and Lucas, were on hand and passed along a “thank you” to all who helped make the event such a success. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/13/2020-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAVID GRAHAM) Share this:FacebookTwitter LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Friends and family members hosted a fundraiser Saturday for Jeff Ford and his family. Ford has been hospitalized since May battling for his life after suffering a heart attack.Doris Ann Janeway was one of the organizers of the successful event.The fundraising event started Saturday at 12:30 pm and a couple of hours later, more than $10,000 had been raised.New River Rising (above) and the Roberts Sisters (below) were among the many performers at the Ford fundraiser. Dustin Ford, Joseph Hensley and David Graham also performed.