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    by Published on 08-21-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Fractal Technologies
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    As the SoCs and IPs grow in sizes and complexities, the number of formats, databases, libraries of standard cells and IOs also increase. It becomes a clumsy task to check every cell in a library, its consistency among various format with respect to functionality, timing, naming, ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
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    The perfect quarterly results are to slightly beat the consensus for earnings and profit, and not say anything negative about guidance for the upcoming quarter. Synopsys delivered all that with their latest quarter yesterday. Revenue was $521M versus $483M last year, giving solid growth ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 05:01 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Xilinx
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    The growing capabilities of silicon along with improved algorithms means that machine vision is becoming increasingly important since more and more systems can be built in such areas as manufacturing, intelligent traffic management, bar code scanning, counterfeit detection and even sports ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    There has been a lot written on this topic, and some expensive tools proposed to solve this issue, but it is still a concern and a mystery for many designers. The point is that whatever efforts you do, the substrate is common to an entire chip and can cause some undesired coupling if not managed properly and at an early stage. As a start point, we can state that any block in a chip can inject current in the substrate, either through capacitive coupling ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    In case you have not heard, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media program aiming to increase the awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis AKA Lou Gehrig’s Disease). One of our neighbors recently passed away as a result ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 01:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco
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    Silvaco is one of the sponsors of the GSA Executive Forum to be held over in VC Land at the Rosewood Sand Hill on September 10th. Note that it starts at 11.45am with a networking lunch.

    • The featured keynote speakers are Fareed Zakariah and Rana Faroohar,
    ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
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    Sometimes a standard is a victim of its own success, at least for a while as the economics catch up to the technology. When a standard like USB 3.0 is announced, with a substantial performance increase over USB 2.0, some of the use cases come on board right away. Others, where vendors enjoy a decent ROI with good-enough performance, take longer to embark.

    by Published on 08-19-2014 12:01 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    Yes, verification technologies are open to innovation for improved productivity and performance in the face of ever growing SoC/IP design sizes and complexities. There is not much scope left in processor speed to improve, other than multi-core processors in servers which again need ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 09:08 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM
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    Cache Coherency is the type of concept that you think you understand, until you try to explain it. It could be wise to come back to fundamentals, and ask what does coherency means to an expert. I have surf the web, found several white papers on ARM site, and now I can try to share these fresh lessons learned (or you may prefer to download directly ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 05:01 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. GlobalFoundries,
    5. Coventor
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    At SEMICON last month, Rohit Pal of GlobalFoundries gave a presentation on their methodology for reducing process variation. It was titled Cpk Based Variation Reduction: 14nm FinFET Technology.

    Capability indices such as Cpk is a commonly used technique ...

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