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    by Published on 04-16-2014 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel

    Intel announced their quarterly results today. Revenue was $12.8B, up 1% from a year ago with operating income of $2.5B also up 1% from last year.

    Since the future of the world is mobile and not desktop/laptop, the mobile results are the most interesting. Mobile sales fell 61% to $156M. This includes mobile products and anything Atom. They lost $929M in mobile, close enough to $1B for the headline to this blog. ...
    by Published on 04-16-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Xilinx

    Last February Xilinx presented a prototype device at the 2014 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC, titled “A Heterogeneous 3D-IC Consisting of Two 28nm FPGA Die and 32 Reconfigurable High-Performance Data Converters” and click here to get a copy of the paper. Let me just share the intro my dear reader…

    In this paper, we demonstrate an aggregate using sixteen 16-b DAC instances ...
    by Published on 04-16-2014 04:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel

    I was in a Twitter conversation over the weekend with some very smart people, and one of the discussion points was how slow and painful the formal standardization process can be. One suggestion was that IoT companies should “just do it”, creating specification-by-implementation. ...
    by Published on 04-15-2014 03:29 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. General,
    3. Events

    On SemiWiki we have some 247 blogs and forum discussions on the topic of "automotive", so I'm pleased to learn that at DAC in San Francisco there is a new track just for automotive systems and software. Just consider all of that electronic content in your typical auto:

    by Published on 04-14-2014 07:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Synopsys,
    4. ARM,
    5. SEMI

    To further my quest to comprehend the latest trends in the semiconductor industry continues, I spent the morning with SEMI at the “The Silicon Valley Breakfast Forum: Internet of Things (IoT) - Driving the Microelectronics Revolution” seminar. I’m a big fan of the breakfast seminar concept. I’m up early anyway and it is nice to get out of my lazyboy command center at home and press the flesh in Silicon Valley. And did I mention the free breakfast? There is nothing like hot green tea, warm bagels, and fresh fruit to start your day, absolutely.

    Internet of Things (IoT)-The
    by Published on 04-14-2014 01:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor

    Most IC engineers learn best by hands-on experience when another more experienced person can show us what to do. If you cannot find that experienced person, then the next best thing is a video from an expert. I was surprised to find out that video was so important today that the #2 most viewed web site on the Internet was, just behind #1 At SemiWiki we also believe that videos can help you to learn quicker, especially when it comes to using the popular Calibre DRC and LVS ...
    by Published on 04-14-2014 09:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Apache Design Inc.

    As Moore’s law started saturating on a single semiconductor die, the semiconductor community came up with the approach of growing vertically by stacking dies one above other in a 3D-IC arrangement. However, a major concern with a 3D-IC is that the heat generated by each die can get trapped in the stack, and hence it’s extremely important to accurately model the thermal map of Chip-Package-System (CPS) as a whole in order to manage the heat in a 3D-IC. Accurate thermal ...
    by Published on 04-13-2014 01:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Simulation,
    4. Mentor Emulation,
    5. Mentor Embedded,
    6. Mentor Functional Verification

    Usually these brief history pieces are totally written by the SemiWiki blogger whose name is at the top. Often me since that was how I prototyped book chapters (buy). Well, OK, I did actually write this but it is completely cribbed from a presentation earlier this week by Wally Rhines who gave a sort of keynote at the announcement of Mentor's Enterprise Verification Platform. He is the CEO, you didn't need me to tell you that did you?

    Verification started ...
    by Published on 04-13-2014 05:00 AM

    Hopefully we all know what memes are, if not, ask one of your children or grandchildren. Having four grown children of my own I see memes posted on my FaceBook page now and again in support of my superior parenting skills. Remember when EETimes used to run a picture and readers would send in funny captions? An early form of meme, not that any of my ...
    by Published on 04-12-2014 05:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Atrenta

    The SoC designs of today are much more complex than ever in terms of number of clocks, IPs, levels of hierarchies, several modes of operations, different types of validations and checks for growing number of constraints at various stages in the design flow. As a semiconductor design evolves through several stages from RTL to layout, the constraints may change. A consistency check on the changing constraints is desired to ascertain the intent to move in the right direction. Again there may be missing constraints ...

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