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    by Published on 06-02-2014 01:29 AM
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    You are visiting San Francisco and you have dutifully read your guide book. Let me give you some contrarian advice.

    See the Golden Gate Bridge. The best way is not to drive there or get a taxi, but to rent a bicycle (lots of places on that side of the city, try Googling “blazing saddles”) and cycle across the bridge. You can then go down the hill into Sausalito. There is a regular ferry ...
    by Published on 06-01-2014 07:27 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design

    Gary Smith once again wore his signature white coat and extolled the virtues of system level design and automation. The room at the Intercontinental was packed, and the folks in the hallway outside were noisy as usual, eager for the party to start after Gary finished.

    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:28 PM
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    2. General

    Every year, Mary Meeker produces a huge presentation (140 slides) on important trends in the internet. This year's came out at the end of last week. It is well worth the time it takes to go through it. Here is the first slide, effectively the table of contents:

    1. Key Internet Trends
    2. Status Update: Tech Stocks / Education / Healthcare
    3. Re-Imagining Continues
    4. Screen + Video Growth = Still Early Innings
    5. China’s
    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:00 PM
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    2. General

    Mind you, this post is being written by the same guy who wrote 8 Reasons Why I Hate My iPhone 5. I've been living with the Samsung S4 for about a year, and am ready to return to the Apple fold. It's partially that too many, or perhaps the wrong apps running on my phone cause big problems. This manifests itself anywhere from people ...
    by Published on 06-01-2014 03:30 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon

    eSilicon will be providing books for the first 300 people to attend the Tuesday night networking reception sponsored by SemiWiki. To avoid confusion they will be giving out BOOK COUPONS when you arrive to be redeemed when the event starts so grab a coupon, enjoy the food and drinks! I can assure you this will be the ultimate networking event so get there early and get a book. Paul McLellan and I will be available to sign books if you'd like.

    We have no idea how many people will attend the reception so if you REALLY want a book you might want to visit the ...
    by Published on 05-31-2014 06:55 AM

    You are going to DAC next week. And you don't want to eat a Moscone Center rubber chicken Caesar salad for lunch. But you lack local knowledge. So here are some places within a 10 minute walk (these are just places I like. Nobody is paying me to recommend them).

    The food court in the San Francisco Center on Market Street between 4th and 5th Street. This is to normal mall foodcourts the same way San ...
    by Published on 05-31-2014 01:03 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Events

    DAC starts on Sunday. If you are in San Francisco on Sunday then the first event is the normal welcome reception. This is the ultimate networking event in EDA. It is in the Intercontinental Hotel about a block from the convention center and runs from 5.30 to 7pm. This is preceded by Gary Smith's traditional kickoff from 5pm to 5.30pm. If you miss it on Sunday it is repeated in the Pavilion on the ...
    Published on 05-30-2014 08:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design

    Digital semiconductor design flows predominantly use library models (typically verilog and liberty formats) for static analyses. Design sizes continue to grow and geometry continues to shrink. Demand for superior performance continue to increase. Accuracy of the library models has become more critical than ever before to enable the optimum design performance, power and noise. A library cell can be instantiated in a variety of different design context and different ...
    by Published on 05-30-2014 08:30 AM

    Paul McLellan and I attended the 2014 Embedded Vision Summit in Silicon Valley this week. The most interesting session for me was on the new Google car that was announced earlier in the week. But first, to set the stage, let’s look at a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that shows motor vehicle crashes had an $871 billion economic and societal ...
    by Published on 05-29-2014 09:00 AM
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    2. General

    SemiWiki was launched on January 1st 2011 and according to Google Analytics we have officially exceeded one million users (unique visitors). I really don’t know what to say but, WOW, that is a LOT of people reading SemiWiki articles, wikis, and forums (there are now 13,464 posts on SemiWiki).

    According to SemiWiki is ranked as the 130,975th most popular website in the world and 34,758th in the United States (Google is #1, FaceBook is #2). That is simply amazing to me, ...
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