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    by Published on 03-30-2014 07:21 PM
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    When I was a Virtutech a few years ago we had a product called Hindsight. It looked close to magic when you used it since it allowed you to run code backwards. I assume that the technology is still lurking under the hood in Wind River's Simics product, now part of Intel. The way the code worked is that as the software executed, Simics would take occasional snapshots of the virtual machine. Then, to run code backwards it ...
    by Published on 03-27-2014 08:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
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    Semiwiki is proud to be a sponsor of EDPS 2014:

    April 17 & 18, 2014
    Monterey Beach Hotel, Monterey, CA

    Sponsored by:
    IEEE Computer Society of Silicon Valley (CS-SCV)
    IEEE Computer Society
    Design Automation Technical Committee (DATC)
    Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA)

    The Electronic Design Processes Symposium (EDPS) provides a forum for a cross-section of the top thinkers, movers and shakers who focus on how chips and systems are ...
    by Published on 03-24-2014 05:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    Light has become integral part of most of the electronic devices we use today in any sphere of influence; personal, entertainment, consumer, automotive, medical, security, and industrial and so on. It’s obvious; along with IoT (Internet-of-Things) devices, the devices to illuminate and display things will play a major role in that revolution. In order to be accommodated effectively in the end-to-end devices, the light devices need to be tiny enough, ...
    by Published on 03-23-2014 09:29 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events
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    The annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) is a big deal and should be of interest to students considering a career in developing software to help automate some of the toughest design and verification challenges in SoC design. Maybe the cost of attending and traveling to DAC is an issue for you. The organizers of DAC are continuing their Young Student Fellow Program, where students thinking about joining the EDA field ...
    by Published on 03-21-2014 03:18 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Events
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    DAC is in the first week of June in San Francisco as I'm sure you already know if you are reading this. Historically DAC has focused on electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded software and systems (ESS). This year there are three new areas: automotive, Intellectual Property (IP) and security.

    Automotive
    Ever increasing feature content enabled by electronics and software and the associated complexity ...
    by Published on 03-19-2014 11:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
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    As you can't have failed to notice by now, 28nm is the last process node that does not require double patterning. At 20nm and below, at least some layers require double patterning. The tightest spacing is typically not the transistors but the local interconnect and, sometimes, metal 1.


    In the litho world they call double patterning LELE. This stands for litho-etch-litho-etch which describes the steps taken. Using the first ...
    by Published on 03-15-2014 08:00 PM
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    2. FPGA
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    For the connected, in the instant knowledge, information world we live in, the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is most humbling. Let us be reminded as we look for details, and theorize… that someone’s Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Friend are missing. Just terrible but the Miller’s continue to pray and hope for that miracle.

    What have we learned from a technology standpoint? Me, being a RADAR/EW fella, it amazes ...
    by Published on 03-10-2014 01:24 PM
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    I wrote recently about the EDAC mixer in Mountain View. Due to college basketball there won't be one in March, the next one will be in April. Details later in the month.

    The EDA Consortium (EDAC) is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors for the two-year term beginning May 29, 2014. Voting member companies are entitled to nominate their CEO, president or COO to serve on the consortium's ...
    by Published on 03-09-2014 06:34 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
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    I first started using WordPress in 2008 after having written my own Content Management System (CMS) to build and manage web sites. WordPress is the number one CMS in the world, is just 10 years old, and is used by over 70 million users. What got me thinking about WordPress and EDA software companies was a recent book by Scott Burken, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. In the book Scott ...
    Published on 03-07-2014 06:00 AM
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    Inside a today’s typical VLSI system, there are millions of electrical signals. They make the system perform what it is designed to do. Among those, the most important one is the clock signal. From an operational perspective, clock is the timekeeper of the electrical world inside the chip/system. From a structural perspective, clock generator is the heart of the chip; clock ...

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