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    by Published on 10-19-2014 07:12 PM
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    So it's true. IBM is selling its semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries. Actually, selling is a sort of euphemism for paying them $1.5B to take it off their hands. At least according to Bloomberg. There have been rumors for weeks that ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
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    One of the challenges for the fabless semiconductor ecosystem is raising funds for new ventures. Of the things I do as a consultant, working with entrepreneurs on business and funding plans is by far the most interesting. ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Xilinx
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    Xilinx announced their quarterly results a couple of days ago. Technically it is their Q2 2015. Sales were $604M and profitability was significantly higher than expected at $0.62/share. But that is not the most interesting thing about these calls. There is the Xilinx vs Altera story. ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 01:07 AM  Number of Views: 302 
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    MIPI SoundWire specification will be integrated into mobiles systems, like smartphone or media tablet. In fact some of the well-known chip makers have already decided to integrate MIPI SoundWire into their ...
    by Published on 10-18-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
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    Remember that thing called “real-time Linux”? Yeah, nobody else does either. As builds became configurable and clock speeds increased, embedded Linux manifested itself as fast enough for many applications – if a few other SoC details are addressed.

    Most obvious for SoCs to run Linux is the need for a fully integrated MMU implementation. ...
    by Published on 10-17-2014 12:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. TSMC,
    3. Mobile
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    I watched the live stream product announcements yesterday from Apple and will give you a quick recap of what I gleaned. First off, Apple live stream requires that you use the Safari browser, so that meant that I couldn't use Google Chrome, so much for adopting web standards.


    Apple Products Talked about

    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
    This was the biggest and fastest ...
    by Published on 10-17-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Atmel
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    More and more companies, regardless of their vertical, are trying to get closer to their customers and see various aspects of the internet of things (IoT) as the way to do so. For a good example, here is Salesforce Wear Developer Pack which, as they say:
    ..is a collection of open-source starter apps that let you quickly design and build wearable
    ...
    by Published on 10-16-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC
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    As previously predicted TSMC is having another record breaking SoC quarter. TSMC is my favorite economic bellwether and from what I can see the semiconductor industry will continue to grow this year and next at a rapid rate thanks to TSMC and the fabless semiconductor ...
    by Published on 10-16-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Atrenta
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    Complex SoC project teams typically use a divide and conquer approach where specialized engineers work in separate domains, like front-end or back-end. The five major engineering tasks for IC design can be described as: RTL design, synthesis, floor planning, place and route, then finally design analysis.



    What if you could detect physical implementation bottlenecks earlier in the design ...
    by Published on 10-15-2014 07:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. Intel,
    5. Mobile
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    At Memcon today Mike Demler of the Linley Group (and coincidentally someone who used to work for me back at Cadence and who now run Memcon, small world) gave an interesting presentation on Trends in Mobile Processors. A mobile application processor (AP) is a highly integrated ...

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