A cornerstone of the European industry event calendar is the annual International Electronics Forum (IEF) due to take place this year in Dublin, Ireland, October 2nd to 4th. The forum is organized by Future Horizons, a global semiconductor analyst outfit that provides market research, industry analysis, due diligence and consulting.


Tony King-Smith, executive vice president of marketing at Imagination, will be one of the keynote speakers this week at IEF, joining a stellar line up of attendees from companies such as eSilicon, Mentor, TSMC, Imec, Verisilicon, IQE and others. The fundamental technology behind silicon IP enables a broad array of innovative, ground-breaking products – but it’s about much more than the design team taking IP and synthesizing it and laying it out. Tony King-Smith will explain how IP impacts every aspect of the supply chain, and discuss some of the bigger issues around how to transform a great idea into a truly great product.

Imagination supply chainA look at the semiconductor supply chain, from IP design to final product

Other C-level executives attending from top semiconductor companies include Ajit Manocha, CEO of GlobalFoundries, Michael LeGoff, CEO of Plessey Semiconductors, Jacques Noels, former CEO of the Thomson half of the SGS-Thomson merger (now ST), Jack Harding, CEO of eSilicon and Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor. The restricted attendance allows the organizers to carefully choose around 120 participants which include senior international executives from microelectronics companies, semiconductor equipment and materials firms, electronics equipment and systems manufacturers, start-up and research establishments, government and industry officials and finance and investment organizations.

This year’s theme is “New Markets and Opportunities in the sub-20nm era: ‘Business as Usual or It’s Different this Time’”. This is a particular topic of interest not only for Imagination, but for the industry as a whole; therefore, several new speakers from the electronics industry value chain have been added to the agenda to debate and analyse our rapidly changing industry. For example, the presentation will highlight how we have been working together with TSMC to develop reference design flows and silicon implementations for our PowerVR Series6 GPUs on TSMC’s advanced process technologies, including 16nm FinFET process technology. The characteristics of the latest sub-20nm processes, such as 16FinFET and 3D IC technology, can have an important influence the design of high performance IP-based SoCs because of the complexities associated with providing leading edge low power, high performance silicon.

Imagination DOKImagination has recently launched the Design Optimization Kit (DOK) that helps its customers leverage the latest libraries for cutting-edge process nodes to achieve the best performance efficiency

Some of the other topics that will be addresses in our ‘From Crystal Ball to Reality: The Impact of Silicon IP on SoC Design’ keynote include:

  • The factors, drivers and trends when looking at the silicon IP ecosystem
  • A look at the supply chain, from IP cores to SoCs to end products
  • Technology evolution and the rise of SoCs
  • Heterogeneous processing: the future of mobile
  • New enablers and disruptors in mobile tech

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