Arteris Articles

Semiconductor Engineering: Designing For Extreme Low Power

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP comments in this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

Designing For Extreme Low Power

July 9th, 2020 - By Brian Bailey

Power is becoming a differentiator in many designs, and for IoT and edge devices it may be the most important competitive differentiation. 

 
Most IoT edge devices are basically fairly similar. “The chip basically has sensing, processing and communication,” says Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at  Arteris IP . “There is usually one sensor, or multiple sensors attached to it. These things are polling or communicating periodically. They usually have a part of the chip that they call ‘always on’, even though it’s not always on. It’s doing the communications and checking to see if there’s anything from a sensor. Compared to a mobile phone, or some AI chips or an ADAS chip, these chips are not huge. These are really tiny chips, but the power management within them is really complex.”
 
Topics: SoC IoT ADAS NoC technology semiconductor engineering soc architecture kurt shuler noc interconnect IP market

Semiconductor Engineering: Winners and Losers At The Edge

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP comments in this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

Winners and Losers At The Edge

July 7th, 2020 - By Ed Sperling

No company owns this market yet — and won’t for a very long time. 

 
 
“Everything is use-case based when designing the NoC,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at  Arteris IP . “You’ve got to understand what the use case is to be able to size up that NoC. There are two aspects of this. One is in the creation of that network on chip and the configuration of it, and what gets burned into the chip. The other step is, once you’ve created all the roads — they’re this long or this wide — that’s it.
 
Topics: SoC automotive NoC technology semiconductor engineering AI kurt shuler noc interconnect ML IP market

SemiWiki: Where's the Value in Next-Gen Cars?

Bernard Murphy learns more from Kurt Shuler on the shifting landscape in the automotive electronics value chain in this new SemiWiki blog:

Where's the Value in Next-Gen Cars?

June 22th, 2020 - By Bernard Murphy

Value chains can be very robust and seemingly unbreakable – until they’re not. One we’ve taken for granted for many years is the chain for electronics systems in cars. The auto OEM, e.g. Toyota, gets electronics module from a Tier-1 supplier such as Denso. They, in turn, build their modules using chips from a semiconductor chip maker such as Renesas, who produces their chips using pre-packaged functions from IP providers like Arm. Toyota could do the whole thing themselves, but it’s very expensive to set-up and maintain all of that infrastructure. Specialization makes it all more practical. Everyone makes money doing their bit well and cost-effectively and being able to sell to multiple customers (Toyota, GM, BMW, etc.). However, that cash flow can be upended when disruptive innovations are thrown into the supply chain, in this case, a lot more intelligence and autonomy. I talked to Kurt Shuler (VP Marketing at Arteris IP) to get his view. Kurt is an IP supplier and has a unique viewpoint because he works with semis, Tier-1s and OEMs, with standard designs as well as newer AI-based designs. He’s also an active member of the ISO 26262 committee.

 

 

Topics: SoC ISO 26262 semiconductor Ncore mobileye FlexNoC autonomous driving AI semiwiki kurt shuler noc interconnect Tier 1s value-chain

Semiconductor Engineering: Aging Problems at 5nm and Below

Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP comments in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

Aging Problems at 5 nm and Below 

June 11th, 2020 - By Brian Bailey

Semiconductor aging has moved from being a foundry issue to a user problem. As we get to 5nm and below, vectorless methodologies become too inaccurate. 
 
“The problem is that if somebody is doing their own chip, their own software in their own device, they have all the information they need to know, down to the transistor level, what that duty cycle is,” says Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at  Arteris IP . “But if you are creating a chip that other people will create software for, or if you’re providing a whole SDK and they’re modifying it, then you don’t really know. Those chip vendors have to provide to their customers some means to do that analysis.”
 
Topics: SoC automotive NoC technology semiconductor engineering kurt shuler noc interconnect IP market canary cells AI algorithms