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    by Published on 09-04-2015 02:00 PM
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    2. General
    Intel Custom Foundry Wiki-ruby-oprah-jpg

    Let’s face it, the semiconductor world has always revolved around Silicon Valley and it always will. After commuting to Silicon Valley from the East Bay (45 miles each way) for the past 30+ years I’m ...
    by Published on 09-04-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General,
    3. Mobile
    The International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms-dscn0705-jpg

    Whether you travel for business purpose or to stay for holidays in one of the paradise island part of the “Lesser Sunda Islands” like Bali or the Gili Meno, you always learn about mobile phone penetration. If you stay in one of the luxury resorts, populated by rich western or Chinese people, you ...
    by Published on 09-04-2015 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco
    Article: CDN Live in Munich: Cadence is back on track!-silvacoloop-jpg

    SEMATECH has been around for over 20 years, starting in Austin. Today it is in upstate New York which increasingly seems to be the area for semiconductor research with IBM (still doing research although they sold their semiconductor business ...
    by Published on 09-03-2015 02:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor
    The International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms-tsmc_roadmap_wide-jpg

    The technology for 10 nm is settled, but what about 7 nm and 5 nm? Those nodes will happen with silicon-based CMOS and 193nm immersion lithography, but exactly how is still being worked out. Right now, though, the focus is on getting 10 nm chips into high-volume production. TSMC and Intel ...
    by Published on 09-03-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: MIPS, ARM, ARC, Imagination, Ceva-fitbit-charge-hr-jpg

    My first experience with a wearable device was back in 1978 at college, it was an LED-based watch that had you push a button to read the time of day, saving battery life. Sad to say, but that electronic watch didn't make it through the January winter at the University of Minnesota, so was promptly returned for a refund. Fast forward to today, and we see a steady introduction of wearable devices to track our steps, measure ...
    by Published on 09-03-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. General
    Article: Intel is Selling Itself Short on Trigate!-sopranos-jpg

    Business models are really important. Just ask any internet startup company that has lots of eyeballs and is trying to work out how to monetize them. It is a lot easier to get people to use something for free, much harder to get people to pay for something especially when they don't value it much. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2015 02:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Where to eat lunch or get a beer at DAC-20150608rc-lidow003-jpg

    In a previous post we discussed a few automotive applications that will be big markets for GaN technology. But this is just a small part of the GaN story!

    GaN transistors such as eGaN FETs from EPC are today available with performance 10 times better than the best commercial silicon. What happens when several devices are integrated to create
    ...
    by Published on 09-02-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cliosoft
    Article: DSP IP core? CEVA is the undisputed worldwide leader, with 70% market share-sos-4-jpg

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, during the adolescent days of the system-on-chip (SoC) design movement, there was a lot talk about IP and design reuse, but it was seldom put into practice. A decade later, SoC turned into a juggernaut with a tripartite alliance of chipmakers, IP suppliers and semiconductor manufacturing ...
    by Published on 09-02-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Methodics
    Article: Intel is Selling Itself Short on Trigate!-cj-jpg

    Let's just take it as a given that securing IP design data is critical. It's rather like saying that it's a good idea to have security in the Tower of London to stop the crown jewels being stolen. IP blocks are the crown jewels of an SoC company.

    Data now must be secured ...
    by Published on 09-01-2015 08:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. GlobalFoundries,
    5. TSMC,
    6. Samsung Foundry
    Article: Novocell Semiconductor Update 2012!-eva-air-first-class-jpg

    Rarely do I fly first class but I did on my recent trip to Asia. It was one of the new planes with pod-like seats that transforms into a bed. The flight left SFO at 1 A.M. so I fell asleep almost immediately missing the first ...

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