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    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 isnít 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
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    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 10-17-2014 12:00 PM
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    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 10-15-2014 07:00 PM
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    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 ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    The next monthly EDAC mixer is next week on Thursday 23rd October from 6-8pm. It will be at the Sonoma Chicken Coop at 90 Skyport Drive in San Jose (right next to where Magma used to be and Atmel is). So ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
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    The Albuquerque Journal had an article about a local company sending silicon carbide wafers into suborbital space to improve their quality. ACME Advanced Materials plans to buy low quality $250 wafers, send them into ...
    by Published on 10-07-2014 04:00 PM
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    2. Mobile
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    I've now been the proud owner of a Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, iPhone 5, Samsung S4 and iPhone 6. I just can't decide if I'm in the iPhone or Android camp!

    If you don't feel like reading the entire article, the iPhone 6 is a superior phone experience (judgement made on my 3 weeks of ownership). If you are on the fence, buy one. You might even get sucked ...
    by Published on 10-07-2014 09:32 AM
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    2. Mobile
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    Samsung's profits fell to $3.8B which is 60% down on where they were a year ago. They said this is primarily due to a shortfall in smartphone sales. Samsung's problem is not that it competes with Apple, their phones seem close enough ...
    by Published on 10-06-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    In the 30+ years that I have worked in Silicon Valley I have seen many great products fail and even more mediocre products succeed, the difference being how the companies communicate to the outside world. ...
    by Published on 10-03-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel,
    4. Mobile
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    It was CES 2011 when Steve Ballmer sweatered up and pitched the coming universe according to Microsoft, where the same Windows base would run on everything Ė PC, phone, tablet, and game console. Getting from that visionary statement to Windows 10 hasnít been a smooth ride. ...

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