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    by Published on 03-26-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    I remember a couple of decades ago, my father used to go to a nearby doctor’s clinic to get his blood pressure and sugar levels checked. I guess, in around 1990s small electronic kits became available to measure these usual daily health ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor,
    4. Mentor Functional Verification
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    Engineers love acronyms and my latest blog post has three acronyms in the title alone, so hopefully you are doing or considering SoC designs with the AMBA AXI4 (Advanced eXtensible Interface 4) interface specification along with PCI Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express). One big motivation for using semiconductor IP and verification IP along with standards is that you can get your new product to market faster, with fewer bugs and using the minimum engineering ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Synopsys,
    5. Synopsys
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    Earlier this week it was the Synopsys user group meeting SNUG. Not just any old SNUG but the 25th Annual SNUG. The first one was 15th March 1991 and was attended by 100 people. At the time, Synopsys had annual revenues of $22M. This year, the various SNUGs around the world will have a total attendance ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Synopsys
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    Today an SoC cannot be without multiple IP blocks integrated together in the most optimal manner. In such an environment, it’s natural that interoperability and configurability of an IP get prime considerations to achieve the best PPA (Power, Performance and Area) ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Digital Design
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    After teams sweat the details of SoC and industrial design, they turn to printed circuit board designers for magic. Here are a pile of chips and passives, and a schematic for interconnecting them. This is how much physical space the board can occupy. Connectors have to be here, and here, and mounting holes there, and there. There are a few constraints in power domains, signal routing, and thermal hotspots to worry about. From that point, skilled PCB layout artists create and cross check the layout, and the Gerber files go off to the board house for fabrication. ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 05:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC,
    4. Samsung Foundry
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    The Apple A9 drama continues to play out with no certainty!
    At the end of the day does it matter?
    Will the winner be the loser?
    A Comedy, Tragedy or Love Story?
    Depends on your view...

    Act I Scene I...The stage is set....

    We are watching an Italian Opera of a standard love triangle....
    The object of desire is the rich and beautiful Princess Iphonia Applelina being pursued by Prince Don Samsune and Count
    ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC
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    This year's North American TSMC Technology Symposium is fast approaching. There are three, starting in Silicon Valley.
    • San Jose on Tuesday April 7th at the San Jose Convention Center
    • Boston on Tuesday April 14th at the Burlington Marriott
    • Austin on
    ...
    by Published on 03-24-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. ARM
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    Apple has redefined three industries within a decade: media player with the iPod, mobile handset with the iPhone and portable computers with the iPad. If there is anything common in these three game-changing product development stories other than Apple, it’s the ARM footprint. Even now the technology media ...
    by Published on 03-24-2015 08:52 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP
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    This is exactly what you will never see in IPnest surveys (and written in Semiwiki): “Advanced Process Control Market worth $1,465.62 Million by 2020” … sorry for you if you like very precise figure (like $ 1, 465.62 million) but you will NEVER see such insane forecast in any ...
    by Published on 03-24-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Kilopass Technology
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    Kilopass was founded back in 2001 by Jack Peng, whose background was in FPGAs with his most recent position being manager of technology development at Actel (now part of Microsemi). The idea was to build a company making one-time-programmable (OTP) memories using anti-fuse technology. ...

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