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    by Published on 06-17-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: A Brief History of Mentor Graphics-amd-7th-gen-die-shot-min-jpg

    Advanced Micro Devices has already told us that 2016 was going to be the year of graphics, but the reality is that they also have a lot going on in their CPU and APU division as well. In fact, in addition to Advanced Micro Devices’s newly announced 7th Generation APUs in 2016, the company is also expected to launch their new Zen CPU cores which are ...
    by Published on 06-16-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: A Brief History of Semiconductors-ibm-way-back-still-crazy-about-iot-min-jpg

    IBM Update: IOT Transformation on Track?

    There have been some interesting developments for Big Blue in the IOT space recently. Last time we reported on them, we were monitoring analysts’ worries about the semiconductor business and other divestures late last year. This year, it seems clear IBM is poised to create even more profitable opportunities in ...
    by Published on 06-16-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP
    Article: A Brief History of SPICE-business-semiconductor-business-min-jpg

    This is the first of an occasional series of articles on the semiconductor industry. Many column inches have covered industry consolidation and in this first article, I aim to explain how the industry reached this point. Later articles will cover subjects including China, joint ventures, emerging players like Brazil and Vietnam, monopolies, M&A, national security/national development, customer concentration, verticalisation/disintermediation, ecosystem venturing, etc. The timing of these will be erratic out of practical necessity and the order of themes…in no particular order.
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    by Published on 06-16-2016 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Silicon Photonics
    Article: A Brief History of Semiconductors-y-r-jpg

    If you’ve followed my last article, The Guiding Light and Other Photonic Soaps, you read my comments about the use of waveguides to “guide the light” in photonic integrated circuits (PICs). This article continues ...
    by Published on 06-15-2016 10:00 AM
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    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: A Brief History of EDA-iot-clouds-semantic-interoperability-1-min-jpg

    Semantic Interoperability of IoT Data Streams: In the previous chapter of the IoT tutorial we introduced the concept of IoT and cloud computing convergence, while presenting concrete examples of IoT/cloud infrastructures, such as popular public IoT clouds (Xively.com, Thingspeak.com). These infrastructures enable the integration of IoT data streams from different producers/providers ...
    by Published on 06-15-2016 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Ex ante: disclose IP before, not after standardization-internet-things-clouds-jpg

    The advent of cloud computing has acted as a catalyst for the development and deployment of scalable Internet-of-Things business models and applications. Therefore, IoT and cloud are nowadays two very closely affiliated future internet technologies, which go hand-in-hand in non-trivial IoT deployments. Furthermore, most modern IoT ecosystems ...
    by Published on 06-14-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: Ex ante: disclose IP before, not after standardization-groundbreaking-jpg

    Amidst all the active news about new process introductions at 16/14/10/7nm and the status of next-generation lithography development, there was a recent press release that could have as large an impact upon the microelectronics industry in the United States. A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held in Marcy, New York for a new fab, to be run by ams AG, formerly ...
    by Published on 06-13-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Events
    Article: The Generational Legacy of Steve Jobs-silicon_hills-jpg

    Here is a very subjective list of the Top 10 logistical and technical highlights from DAC’53.

    (10) With DAC attendance down from its peak days, the Austin Convention Center served as an excellent venue. There was good participation from companies with design centers in the “Silicon Hills”. And, I saw colleagues from Silicon Valley, SoCal, and overseas who made the trip, as well. Kudos to the DAC Committee and sponsoring companies for the ...
    by Published on 06-12-2016 06:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: A Brief History of Semiconductors-epc1001-first-introduced-march-2010-began-chipscale-packaging-revolution-min-jpg

    In my 40 years’ experience in power semiconductors I have visited thousands of customers, big and small, on every continent except Antarctica. When the issue invariably turns to the packaging of the power semiconductor – transistor, diode, or integrated circuit – the requests for improvement fall into six categories:
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    by Published on 06-12-2016 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: A Brief History of Semiconductors-dualdiode-png

    The ‘Dual diode’ approach is one of the most used on-chip and off-chip concept for ESD protection of IO interfaces. It is simple to implement, smaller than any other IO/ESD concept, has a low parasitic capacitance and low leakage.
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