All electronic products begin with design be it a single chip, a collection of chips or chiplets such as 3D-IC, or a system based on heterogeneous integration. Ditto for verification, which is now a far more important component of the design flow and one that impacts the entire electronic product design manufacturing supply chain. That’s why the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community, is hosting a panel during SEMICON West in the Smart MedTech Pavilion to underscore system verification challenges and opportunities

“Supply Chain Verification: Critical Enabler for Next-Generation MedTech Innovations” will be held Tuesday, July 12, from 11:35 am until 12:25 pm at the Smart MedTech Pavilion, Meet the Experts Stage Moscone Center South Hall, Rooms 1 and 2.

Our moderator is Lucio Lanza, Managing Partner of Lanza techVentures, and our panelists are Mike Chin, Principal Software Engineer at Intel; Lu Dai Senior Director of Engineering of Qualcomm and Chairman of standards organization Accellera; Dave Kelf CEO of Breker Verification Systems; and Jan Vardaman, President of TechSearch International.

Lucio will lead them through a review of the ways in which verification affects the entire supply chain and highlight the list of challenges that are becoming more and more formidable. Attendees will learn that designing has become easier. Verification has not. It’s also a big expense –– verification is estimated to cost about 70% of the overall design project budget and the ratio of verification to design engineers is 5:1.

Several of our panelists are experts in chip design verification. They will focus on verification’s growing importance due to more use cases, applications, and extended lifecycles, and why the verification challenge can become more difficult based on the end product or target market.

As knowledgeable experts, they can explain how the requirement for functional verification runs through the entire electronic product design manufacturing supply chain. Without thorough verification, the supply chain could be compromised, especially alarming for the MedTech community and the products it produces that need to be well verified and able to meet stringent safety and reliability requirements. A chip failure in a consumer product can be annoying and costly. A chip failure in an application such as medical devices and autonomous driving systems where health or safety could be compromised is an unacceptable risk. Another challenge arises from applications and markets that require long product lifespans such as automotive, industrial, and security. Thorough verification is a must to make sure that the system’s components will exceed the required lifespan.

Another area that the panel will cover is the way in which verification across the supply chain can be improved to support new chip applications and market segments. Of note to SEMICON West attendees will be a discussion on the need to consider not just the chip itself but the entire system including manufacturing and packaging. Come prepared with questions –– audience participation will be encouraged.

SEMICON West 2022 Hybrid will be held July 12-14 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration is open.

The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier gathering focused on the design and design automation of electronic circuits and systems, will be co-located with SEMICON West 2022 Hybrid. Registration is open.

Bob Smith

 Robert (Bob) Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner.…

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