Column: Where have all the margins gone?

Carlson, Steve
August 2007
Electronic News;8/13/2007, Vol. 53 Issue 33, p10
Trade Publication
The article discusses the impact of design margins on manufacturing costs in the semiconductor industry. According to the author, design margin defines the required tolerances or constraints around a given design specification needed to ensure performance. The three sources of design margins in chip design are semiconductor manufacturing, chip design team, and marketing product specifications. Design margins may reduce the competitiveness of the final product in key areas such as performance and power, which may have a long term profit implication.


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