Electronics today can be found everywhere – in your pocket, in your tablet or laptop, in your car, at your workplace, and in buildings and homes. Smartphones and other mobile devices combine incredible compute power with the ability to be connected anywhere, any time. Hundreds of thousands of applications or “apps” are available for a myriad of connected devices.
Behind this newly connected, application-rich world is a quiet revolution in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Today’s chips may have billions of transistors that are each far smaller than the wavelength of light used to print them. Systems-on-chips (SoCs) combine processors, memory, analog components, interface protocols, and more. Electronic systems demand massive amounts of embedded software, and semiconductor companies are increasingly expected to provide it.