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    by Published on 10-21-2014 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
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    Due to increasing proliferation of sensors in our everyday lives, evolution of IoT is natural. The mix of different building blocks with different speed-power-performance constraints makes IoT as the hottest upcoming application ...
    by Published on 10-21-2014 05:01 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP
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    Lucio Lanza is this year’s recipient of the Kaufman award. Unlike most recipients, Lucio worked closely with Phil Kaufman earlier in his career. I met with him at his office in Palo Alto to hear the story.

    Even if you have never met him, it would be a reasonable ...
    by Published on 10-20-2014 08:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Docea Power
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    I'll never forget the shock when I upgraded from a Feature Phone to my first Android-powered SmartPhone, because all of a sudden my battery life went from 6 days down to only 1 day between charges. As a consumer, I really want my battery to last much longer than one day, so the race is on for mobile phone companies to design their devices with the maximum possible battery life. The combination of operating system, power management policies and hardware are what determine the battery ...
    by Published on 10-20-2014 02:00 PM
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    2. Mobile
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    The tie between rock artists and technology isn’t new. One of the first prominent rockers-turned-entrepreneurs is Tom Scholz of Boston, an engineer who has a couple MIT degrees and several patents to his name. Neil Young is currently out with Pono, attempting to make a higher-resolution audio format based on FLAC encoding to get past the overly compressed and clipped fare standard with MP3s.

    When Intel announced Will.i.am as director of creative innovation at CES 2011, a few heads turned. ...
    by Published on 10-20-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Atrenta
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    In an SoC world driven by IP, where an SoC can have hundreds of IP (sourced not only from 3rd party but also from internal business units which can have a lot of legacy) integrated together, it has become essential to have a comprehensive and standard method to verify and signoff the IP. Additionally, these checks must be performed objectively ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 07:12 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries
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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 IBM ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 02:00 PM
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    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
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Cadence
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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. ...

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