Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer

By Sylvie Barak – For those not familiar with TechInsights, it’s the secret lab up in Canada where our colleagues rip open anything from cars such as the Chevy Volt to refrigerators, TVs, phones, tablets, laptops, smart meters, and more. Each dismembered product is carefully analyzed by TechInsights’ engineering teams, who get to do amazingly cool things, like dissolve devices in acid to figure out what materials they’re made of.

TechInsights CircuitVision goes a step further and offers a highly interactive, easy-to-navigate view into circuit designs, as well as the physical implementation on the IC. Hierarchical schematics demonstrate the design from the block down to gate level — all linked to the original layout, showing the extracted gates and associated interconnect. more>


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