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    by Published on 09-16-2014 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. Intel
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    I have it on pretty good authority that IBM has in fact come to terms with GLOBALFOUNDRIES on the sale of their semiconductor business. For those of you who have been following the story, especially the IBM semiconductor people, ...
    by Published on 09-16-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Carbon Design Systems,
    5. ARM
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    As the SoC design size, complexity and functionality keeps on increasing with multiple IPs packed together and design time and time-to-market keeps on decreasing amid critical constraints on PPA, there is no other alternative than to do the design first-time-right not to miss the window of opportunity. And that could be possible only ...
    by Published on 09-16-2014 01:52 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP
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    If your company develops Design IP to support well-known protocols like USB, PCIe, HDMI, DDRn memory controller, MIPI specification (and more), it’s crucial to know your competition, the market size by segment, and even more important the market potential by segment. The latest can be obtained by the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) calculated on actual data, or the revenue made in the past, in conjunction with a realistic forecast calculated through a clearly defined methodology.

    If your company develops IC or System-on-Chip ...
    by Published on 09-15-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Solido DA
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    Even though the flight to Taiwan is somewhat difficult, I really do enjoy my trips to Hsinchu. In addition to the top two pure-play foundries being there, one of the top SoC companies (MediaTek) and many of the leading semiconductor ...
    by Published on 09-14-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Arteris
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    Flip on the TV, and a car commercial is bound to pop up shortly touting one of two technological aspects. One is center stack integration of smartphone-style applications. The other is advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) featuring cameras, radar, and other sensors helping cars ...
    by Published on 09-14-2014 08:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel
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    There were two big announcements last week right in my backyard and I missed them both! Instead, I was in Taiwan investigating yet another big development and all three of these events will intersect next ...
    by Published on 09-13-2014 04:25 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    We made it! I have stood on the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro.

    Obviously this blog entry is totally off-topic. If you want to read about semiconductors and stuff, you can skip it.

    So how do you get to the top of a nearly 20,000’ mountain? Slowly. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Sidense
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    Process shrinks, which have served us well for most of the Moore’s Law journey, are reaching their limits. For switching transistors, the biggest problems of leakage current and gate oxide vulnerability in planar MOSFETs have led the industry to new 3D microstructures ...
    by Published on 09-12-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Concept Engineering
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    Spice view of a design, block or fragment of the design is probably the lowest level of functional description of a circuit in terms of transistors, resistors, capacitors, interconnect and so on, which in several ways acts as an ultimate proof of pudding for any semiconductor design before manufacturing. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2014 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor AMS
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    FPGA devices are a great way to drive silicon technology development because they contain both digital and analog IP, along with sophisticated IO cells. The highest performance IOs are transceivers, and Altera has recently designed the Arria 10 device family to include up to 96 transceivers, using a 20nm technology that can achieve data rates up to 28.1 Gbps. Users just know that there is a transmit and receive pair, however ...

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