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    by Published on 09-02-2014 02:00 PM
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    2. General
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    Last year or earlier (when it was in the making), when I first heard of Google Glass, I was of the opinion that itís yet another device with a screen in front of your eyes, with wearable glasses through which you can see the virtual extension of reality you are interacting ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 11:32 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor
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    A new publication on mechanical stress in integrated circuits, co-edited by Valeriy Sukharev, Principal Engineer for Calibre R&D at Mentor Graphics, has just ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cliosoft
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    Any SoC or IC design project, whether implemented at the same design site or multiple sites requires some data management tools to manage things such as a central data repository, revision management of files, etc., for effective co-ordination of work among different team members. Given the challenge of meeting the shrinking time-to-market windows, semiconductor companies are ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Atrenta
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    In college many of us dreamed of starting up our own company by offering something new that has never been done before. Today I spoke by phone with Yunshan Zhu in Shanghai, and he has actually lived out this scenario by founding NextOp in 2006, then getting that company acquired by Atrenta in 2012. The new capability that NextOp created was something called assertion synthesis, and the product name is BugScope.


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    by Published on 09-02-2014 02:47 AM
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    Imagination Technologies has just launched the 5th generation of MIPS CPU core, the 64-bits Warrior, or I6400 family, offering a total compatibility with the 32-bit previous architecture. MIPS Warrior I-class processor cores offers 64-bit processing in applications including embedded, mobile, digital consumer, advanced communications, networking ...
    by Published on 09-01-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    Most analog cells have a power off mode intended to reduce power consumption. In this mode, all the circuit branches between the supply lines are set in a high impedance mode by driving MOS gates to a blocking voltage. This is a somewhat similar situation to that in tri-state digital circuits.

    When ...
    by Published on 09-01-2014 07:00 AM
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    The nice thing about webinars is that if you register for the live one and you can't attend you will still get first notice when the replay goes up. The other nice thing is that you can read a blog review of a webinar or whitepaper on SemiWiki first to see if it is worth your time. If you do attend ...
    by Published on 09-01-2014 01:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor,
    4. Mentor Functional Verification
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    Often in an UVM agent, a sequencer is considered just to initiate stimulus on an interface, but an in-depth study of its behavior reveals that it can be modelled in multiple other ways; for example, as a responder to traffic from DUT. In UVM, the functionality of sequencers can be encapsulated ...
    by Published on 08-31-2014 11:30 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco
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    The periodic table shows that Silicon (Si) is in a column along with other elements like Carbon (C) and Germanium (Ge). With so much emphasis on Silicon, you'd think that the other semiconductor materials have been neglected a bit.



    Silicon is a wonderful material and most of our consumer electronics and handheld devices use this ...
    by Published on 08-31-2014 05:01 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon
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    Next week, eSilicon are kicking off a very widespread survey to measure some important semiconductor design and manufacturing challenges. Their goal is to measure customer sentiment regarding how Big Data, the Cloud and the Internet can impact these challenges. But here's a secret, the survey ...

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