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    by Published on 03-30-2015 05:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Atmel,
    3. IoT Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) juggernaut has unleashed a flurry of low-power microcontrollers, and in that array of energy-efficient MCUs, one product has earned the crown jewel of being the lowest-power Cortex M-based solution with power consumption down to 35µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in sleep mode.

    How do we know if Atmel Corp.'s SAM L21 microcontroller can actually claim the leadership in ultra-low-power processing movement? The answer lies in the EEMBC ULPBench power benchmark that was ...
    by Published on 03-30-2015 01:27 AM

    It’s probably the first time that Synopsys is offering such a direct access to free and open source software. The goal is to support customers developing application code for IoT and embedded devices based on ARC IP core family. The designer can select the Real Time Operating System ...
    by Published on 03-29-2015 09:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. TSMC,
    5. IC Knowledge

    I previously published a summary of day 1 of SPIE and I wanted to follow up with observations from successive days.

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, the not-for-profit society advances ...
    by Published on 03-29-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Methodics

    Chip design is largely about assembling pre-designed IP, either developed in other groups in the same company, or brought in from a 3rd party, or occasionally developed within the SoC design group itself. But that makes it sound like it is a bunch of blocks ...
    by Published on 03-29-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile

    During my childhood in my native place in India, although there were good watches around from Seiko, Citizen and some of the Indian companies, I used to see some old men and women never using any watch but still being fairly accurate in perceiving time by just watching the position of sun, ...
    by Published on 03-28-2015 11:05 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Intel,
    4. TSMC

    You may already have heard today's big news in the semiconductor fabless ecosystem that Intel is apparently in talks to buy Altera. I embarrassed myself predicting that Samsung were in talks to buy Freescale (which, of course, they might have been but NXP won that particular ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. CEVA,
    4. Mobile

    China Mobile's bid to go for 3-mode Long-Term Evolution (LTE) has led to the first major breakthrough, $65 LTE handsets, and here baseband and application processors provided by chipmakers like Leadcore Technology, MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications have all one thing in common: DSP cores from CEVA Inc.

    The advent of the $65 LTE handsets in the world's largest mobile phone market could reinvigorate the smartphone ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silicon Frontline

    ESD stands for electro-static discharge and deals with the fact that chips have to survive in an electrically hostile environment: people, testers, assembly equipment, shipping tubes. All of these can carry electric charge that has the "potential" (ho-ho) ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    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 12:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor,
    4. Mentor Functional Verification

    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 ...

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