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    by Published on 10-15-2014 07:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. Intel,
    5. Mobile
    Article: DARPA looking for new base stations in new BYOD game-dem1_fotor-jpg

    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 SoC to run the applications in ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Getting to the 32nm/28nm Common Platform node with Mentor IC Tools-sonoma-jpg

    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 come along and mingle with industry ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
    Article: Power to the Drones-acme-jpg

    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 space using their process, and ...
    by Published on 10-07-2014 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    The International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms-ping-pong-jpg

    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 in by the Verizon Edge plan, so ...
    by Published on 10-07-2014 09:32 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    Taiwan trip Report!-sammy-jpg

    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 that the Galaxy line has been ...
    by Published on 10-06-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: WikiLeaks: Methodics vs IC Manage-david-goliath-gif

    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. In the semiconductor industry, ...
    by Published on 10-03-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Intel,
    4. Mobile
    Article: AMD Financials are Puzzling!?!?!?!-star-trek-into-darkness-jpg

    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. ...
    by Published on 09-22-2014 11:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    Article: Why X-Fab uses 3D Resistance Extraction and Analysis-mp1_fotor-jpg

    I was in Tanzania a few weeks ago. One of the conceits that we have in the US is that we lead the world in technology. That is true in many areas but in mobile the US is a laggard. Just look at the fuss made about NFC payments in the new iPhone given that Japan had mobile payments over a decade ago. ...
    by Published on 09-21-2014 10:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Why X-Fab uses 3D Resistance Extraction and Analysis-signoff-corner-numbers-jpg

    Semiconductor companies continue to use the traditional corner-based signoff approach that has been developed more than 40+ years ago and has since remained mainly unchanged as an industry paradigm. Initially it had 2 corners, namely Worst Case (WC) and Best Case ...
    by Published on 09-19-2014 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: Powering the Platforms: ARM's 2012 Approach-americas-cup-oracle-jpg

    Larry Ellison resigning as CEO of Oracle caught me by surprise. I definitely did not see that one coming. Talk about the end of an era, as a 30+ year Silicon Valley veteran there have been quite a few industry icons that stand out amongst the others: ...
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