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    by Published on 07-30-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. General,
    4. eSilicon
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    This morning I went to a presentation in Palo Alto about outsourcing in Vietnam. You have probably heard that Vietnam is the new China for manufacturing, as wages have increased in the Shenzhen area then companies like Foxconn have opened plants in Vietnam. But this meeting was mostly about services, ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
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    Let's start by getting the financial stuff out of the way. Revenue was $416 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 28%; non-GAAP EPS was $0.27; and operating cash flow was $122 million (up at lot, it was just $47M in Q1 and $69M in Q2 of 2014).

    The thing that the financial types are most interested in are the changes to ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    The traditional system-on-chip (SoC) design process has fully qualified verification methods embodied in the form of process design kits (PDKs). Why is it that chip design companies and assembly houses have no IC/package co-design sign-off verification process?

    Package die are often produced using multiple processes and multiple ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. CEVA,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
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    The wearer says, "O.K., Glass" and glass leaps into action, performing most of the smartphone functions like check e-mails, take photos and videos, provide turn-by-turn navigation, and make and receive phone calls. Welcome to Smartphone 2.0.

    Technology pundits called Google Glass the best thing that happened to augmented reality since the iPhone. What is the augmented reality? In this case, we can say it's the interface between the wearable computing ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    Last week Charlie Cheng of Kilopass wrote about venture capital for semiconductor. This reminded me of something amusing that I came across years ago.

    See also VC For Semiconductor: Dead or Alive?

    All VCs have a portfolio page and often a ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. STMicroelectronics
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    …and FinFET down to 3nm. This assertion is the result of extensive research work made by Thomas Skotnicki, ST Fellow and Technical VP, Disruptive Technologies, leading to numerous publications, like in 1988 in IEEE EDL or in 2008 in IEEE TED paper. I say extensive, I should also say long, very ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    Are Semi Equipment Stocks & Industry Rolling Over?
    Is there any Upside in the second half of 2015?
    Waiting for next years iPhone 7 refresh?
    Does Windows 10 even matter?

    "Sell in May and Go Away"

    An old investor's adage that has proven correct this year. The Semiconductor Equipment stocks seemed to have had a nice run up after reporting Q1 numbers in April which propelled the stocks higher into the first
    ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    In a power hungry world of semiconductor devices, multiple ways are being devised to budget power from system to transistor level. The success of IoT (Internet of Things) Edge devices specifically depend on lowest power, lowest area, optimal performance, and lowest cost. These devices need to be highly energy efficient for ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) in general are all about low power. Everyone must have read (or even experienced) the phenomenon of putting something like a Fitbit on and then after a short period leaving it in a drawer or putting it to recharge and ...
    by Published on 07-27-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Calypto
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    Math geeks know all about Inverse Discrete Cosine Transforms (IDCT) and a popular use is in the hardware architecture of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, the new video compression standard and widely used in consumer and industrial video devices. You could go about hand-coding RTL to create an IDCT function, but it would take you too many lines of code and precious engineering time compared to using higher level languages like C++ or SystemC. The promise of using High Level Synthesis (HLS) ...

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