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    by Published on 07-05-2015 02:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General,
    3. Mobile

    Semiconductor based electronics has continuously improved lives of people through various kinds of technology upgrades in the gadgets for our daily use. Imagine the journey from a mechanical typewriter to a laptop computer connected through a laser printer, transition from black & ...
    by Published on 06-29-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP

    The “MIPI Beyond Mobile” paper has been presented during the 52th DAC in San Francisco and I can share the key findings with Semiwiki readers. This paper has been written to synthesize certain results of the “MIPI Ecosystem Survey-2015” and evaluate the impact on the MIPI IP sales in the future. At first the MIPI Ecosystem has really changed between 2012 and 2015. During 2013 and 2014 ...
    by Published on 06-28-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile

    Now that we all have smartphones you may be interested in how this all came about. There are quite a few books about the smartphone technology and business but one of the first books that emerged after the iPhone era is by SemiWiki blogger and former EETimes Editor Majeed Ahmad:

    Smartphone: Mobile Revolution at the Crossroads of Communications,
    by Published on 06-28-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Mentor

    We often think of EDA vendors competing with each other and using proprietary data formats to make it difficult for users to mix and match tools, or even create efficient flows of tools. At the recent DAC event in San Francisco I was pleasantly surprised to hear that two EDA vendors decided to cooperate instead of create incompatible ...
    by Published on 06-27-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    I’m an An Steegen groupie. Once or twice a year I see a presentation by her and it is a great summary in a ridiculously short period of time of all the potential upcoming semiconductor technologies. Yesterday was my annual fix at the imec Technology Forum (ITF). Today I got to sit down with her at the conference ...
    by Published on 06-26-2015 02:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    As most of you know, Paul McLellan, Beth Martin, and I published a book last year which is a really nice history of the fabless semiconductor ecosystem. Thousands of people have copies, we have received many compliments on it, and we are very proud. As a thank you to all SemiWiki members I would like to offer a free electronic version ...
    by Published on 06-25-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    As I said yesterday, I'm at the imec Technology Forum (ITF) in Brussels. So what have I learned from all the people that I've interacted with.

    There were two press releases announced at a press conference yesterday. The first was that imec was expanding its relationship ...
    by Published on 06-24-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    Electronics is unusually an evergreen industry where companies make profit, yet end-product prices go down significantly after a brief period of price skimming. A product phases out quite fast (in case of smartphones every 1.5 to 2 years), but still yields big bucks for successful companies in its value-chain. ...
    by Published on 06-23-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    I'm at the 2015 imec technology forum (ITF) in Brussels the next few days. One of the presentations today was by Peter Wennink, the CEO of ASML. The thing that most interested me in his presentation is what the status of EUV is today. ASML is the only company developing EUV steppers so what ...
    by Published on 06-22-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile

    I have written a book on Nokia's smartphone problem. The name of the book is Nokia's Smartphone Problem: The End of an Icon? and it chronicles the Finnish company's journey from a mobile handset maestro to a smartphone also-ran.

    Nokia's smartphone story began with the launch of the Communicator 900—arguably the first commercial smartphone—at the CeBIT fair in 1996. And it came to a sad end in September 2013 when Microsoft announced to ...
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