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    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:00 AM
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    2. General
    Article: 20nm IC Design at IBM using Cadence Tools-antiportfolio-jpg

    Last week Charlie Cheng of Kilopass wrote about venture capital for semiconductor. This reminded me of something amusing that I came across years ago.

    See also VC For Semiconductor: Dead or Alive?

    All VCs have a portfolio page and often a ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 02:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: Formal Verification, there's an App for that-1929-stock-market-crash-jpg

    Are Semi Equipment Stocks & Industry Rolling Over?
    Is there any Upside in the second half of 2015?
    Waiting for next years iPhone 7 refresh?
    Does Windows 10 even matter?

    "Sell in May and Go Away"

    An old investor's adage that has proven correct this year. The Semiconductor Equipment stocks seemed to have had a nice run up after reporting Q1 numbers in April which propelled the stocks higher into the first
    by Published on 07-22-2015 02:00 AM
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    2. Mobile
    Article: 20nm IC Design at IBM using Cadence Tools-navstar-jpg

    Although primarily developed for military operations, this cutting-edge satellite technology was eventually allowed for civilian applications. The first interagency testing of GPS receivers was conducted in California in 1984. By July 1995, using Navstar constellation, GPS was fully operational across the country. Automotive navigation systems were ...
    by Published on 07-21-2015 10:00 AM
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    2. Mobile,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: The Biggest EDA Company You've Never Heard Of-iot_rev-jpg

    The whole world’s eyes are at Internet of Things (IoT) market in various segments. The overall semiconductor ecosystem, starting from best suited technology nodes for IoT up to the final end products including sensors, microcontrollers, wireless ...
    by Published on 07-20-2015 02:00 PM
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    2. Mobile
    Article: Carl Icahn Blinks in Bid for Mentor Graphics-apple1-jpg

    Apple has roughly 20% market share of the smartphone unit shipments. Android has pretty much all the rest with a tiny sliver for Microsoft Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Samsung's Tizen. By any standard, Android is the ...
    by Published on 07-19-2015 02:00 AM
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    2. Mobile
    Article: The Biggest EDA Company You've Never Heard Of-history-gps-jpg

    There is really nothing new about GPS: the technology was reinvented from the old. After satellite communications was established, scientists and engineers started to look for different ways of utilizing this fascinating space marvel. Radio navigation systems had been developed ...
    by Published on 07-16-2015 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor IP
    Article: Such a small piece of Silicon, so strategic PHY IP-zephyr-jpg

    Dolphin Integration launched a new 32-bit microcontroller, RISC-351 Zephyr, targeting low-power SoCs for IoT-like competitive markets taking into consideration three angles for optimization of power consumption: architectural, memory and software.

    Architecture Angle
    As a reminder, 8-bit versus ...
    by Published on 07-12-2015 06:00 PM
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    2. General
    Article: Such a small piece of Silicon, so strategic PHY IP-gs1-jpg

    EDA rallied today for one of their own, without caring which company any of us worked for. We even got together in a ballroom in the San Jose Doubletree that I'm sure many of us have been in many times to endure way too many powerpoint slides at EDA conferences ...
    by Published on 07-12-2015 05:00 AM
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    2. General,
    3. Mobile
    Who will Apple partner with at 20nm: TSMC, Intel, Both, or Neither?-phablet_sale-jpg

    Amid a fiercely competitive market for computing devices, smartphones, tablets, and so on, a number of devices were created in this decade to invade into each other’s functionalities to either eat away other’s market share or retain their own. The key contenders were smartphones, ...
    by Published on 07-10-2015 04:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries
    Article: A Simple, Scalable LDE Optimization Flow for 28/20nm Custom/AMS Design-nyt1-jpg

    Everyone is somewhat focused on the march of process nodes. Moore's Law, although I think that with the breach between technology and cost that may be changing. Moore's Law was about the lowest cost way to get a given number of transistors manufactured. But now the lowest cost and the highest density are ...
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