If you follow the semiconductor industry, you’ll have read a lot about the “semiconductor productivity crisis”: and it is a business issue, not just an engineering one.
As chips get more complex, the argument goes, they become ever harder to design: the tools available to us haven’t kept up with process technology, Moore’s Law and the increasing use (and re-use) of IP. Complexity has grown exponentially – the intelligence in the development process has not.
And this has a disproportionate impact on the cost and profitability of the business.
But is silicon design REALLY the problem?
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