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    by Published on 05-24-2015 02:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Sage DA
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    Design Rule Check (DRC) is the #1 foundry sign-off check. Fabless companies receive the DRC deck from the foundry; it's a file comprising thousands of commands in a proprietary checker language for a specific DRC tool. In advanced technologies such a deck executes ...
    by Published on 05-24-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
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    In modern electronic industry PCBs are required to accommodate highly dense circuits with large number of components and complex routing spaces. While the complexity is increasing, the time-to-market is decreasing. In such a scenario, there is no other option than to reduce the design time by employing innovative editing ...
    by Published on 05-24-2015 02:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
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    By offering low-power PCI Express PHY solution for mobile application! To make it clear, we are not talking about Mobile Express (M-PCIe), but clearly about PCI Express protocol, including a PCIe Controller and a PCIe PHY. Initially developed to support internal connection between ...
    by Published on 05-23-2015 07:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon
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    We have got used to services like Uber and Lyft (at least in cities that are not so anti-consumer as to ban them, I'm looking at you New York. Et vous Paris). But in most of the semiconductor world we are still stuck standing at the side of the road waving our hand helplessly in the hope that the light on that taxi is actually on. Leading the vanguard of changing this is eSilicon. They put ...
    by Published on 05-22-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Samsung Foundry
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    The Samsung Smart, Connected Lifestyle event was last night at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. Getting into San Francisco was no picnic with all of the roadwork and new building construction. We even saw people drive up on the sidewalk to get around car clogs. It really ...
    by Published on 05-22-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries
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    Building flash memory for automotive is not straightforward. Just look at the specs you have to meet for grade 1 qualification:

    • 100,000 cycles of endurance (writing new values)
    • 10 years data retention
    • all at 125C (also needs to work down
    ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    New EDA products are always interesting, because they offer the potential to replace manual design approaches with something more automated, thus saving us design and verification time while improving chances of first silicon success. Hardware designers implement registers which are then used by firmware and software engineers, so keeping the register specification and use consistent for all three groups ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. S2C
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    I think we can all agree that no matter what you are designing, FPGA prototyping can help. The challenge is getting the most out of the leading edge FPGA prototyping solutions and that requires a detailed understanding of how this technology works and what FPGA prototyping solutions match your design and verification requirements. That is the whole point of attending #52DAC; finding out what tools and technology works for your design requirements, ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    Formal verification is qualitatively different from most other verification. A simulation can pass or fail. But while formal verification can prove that the circuit is correct, or incorrect, it can also return "not proven" which means either that the algorithms ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
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    Global electronics production is on a generally positive trend. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago (3/12 change) for electronics production by country or region in local currency. Total industrial production ...

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