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    by Published on 01-29-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. STMicroelectronics
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    What does system on chip (SoC) actually mean? How this tech moniker came into being? There is quite a bit of enigma about SoC in the technology press and what this term really stands for. Roger Shepherd, consultant at Parallel Computer Systems, shares on Quora his version of the SoC story. He says that he first heard about SoCs when SGS-Thomson unveiled STi5500 Omega "One-chip ...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 10:14 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
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    As of today NVM IP has been mostly used in SoC or IC to support very specific needs like analog trimming and calibration or encryption key integration for Digital Right Management (DRM) purpose. In other words small size (less than 1K-bit) ...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    Apple's iPhone 6 alone represents at least 50K wafer starts/month plus the iPad (A8X). What could the Iphone 6S/7 & A9 mean? What about the iWatch? Apple is the technology and volume driver of the semiconductor industry so lets take a look at the broader implications.

    If we do the math the A8
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    by Published on 01-29-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Sonics,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    At the end of last year, I moderated a Sonics webinar to introduce the concept of a network-on-chip or NoC. It was called NoC 101 and the replay is still available here.

    Well it is a new ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 09:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    Some of Intelís technology posts make some pretty specific statements and I have seen a number of posts where people seem to have misinterpreted what Intel was actually saying.

    Multi Patterning
    I have seen a lot of confusion on this one with some people saying Intel didnít use multi patterning at 22nm and others saying Intel used multi patterning at 14nm for the first time. Lets start with where I think the root of this problem began.


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    by Published on 01-28-2015 08:35 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
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    Qualcomm had their earnings call today. There has been a lot of discussion about their business going forward and they lowered guidance. They didn't say explicitly why but in the usual Kabuik theater of these things ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 02:55 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA
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    I heard a rumor at lunchtime that Tabula was closing its doors. A friend of mine talked to a couple of employees and it is true. They have to be given 2 months notice apparently so ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 10:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel
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    As we come nearer to an intelligent IoT world, one of the major concerns we talk every day is about data explosion, its storage, and access and so on. In the beginning of the year, I had blogged about some facts that indicated successful ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Xilinx
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    Xilinx announced their quarterly results last week. They slightly missed their number due mainly to a decline in wireless sales. Of course Xilinx parts don't go in the smartphones since the cost and power are too high, but they ...
    by Published on 01-28-2015 02:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Mobile
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    There is an interesting reality show playing in the media featuring Qualcomm and Samsung with supporting actors TSMC, LG, Xaomi, and Apple. As Iím sure we all have read, Samsung is losing massive ...

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