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    by Published on 08-06-2014 06:01 AM
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    Most of the results are in for mobile for last quarter, plus the earnings calls are all over. The picture is not pretty. The big picture is that low-cost Android-based suppliers, primarily in Asia, are starting to eat a lot of market share from Samsung (#1) and Apple (#2). There ...
    by Published on 08-05-2014 05:01 AM

    Back in the pre-SemiWiki days when I had the EdaGrafitti blog I wrote about the Carrington event. This was a solar storm in 1859 that lasted for several days. On September 1st there was a coronal mass ejection (CME) traveling directly towards earth. ...
    by Published on 08-04-2014 06:00 AM
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    Authors: Pete Gasperini & Abhijit Athavale

    The first article ...
    by Published on 08-03-2014 06:01 AM
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    Over the years there have been various open source EDA projects but none that has realized a full industrial strength design tool that has broad adoption and is strong enough to compete with similar products from the EDA industry. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2014 12:00 AM
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    Often I used to wonder why a search engine company would invest so heavily and indulge into stuff like smartphones, home automation devices, servers and many other exotic, innovative things they are doing internally and externally. But when I connect the dots, I find that ...
    by Published on 07-31-2014 06:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design

    How to handle a new entrant with superior product quality is a point of worried to all EDA companies. Due to continuous research happenings and relatively lower investment requirement new and new EDA start-ups are coming in EDA domains regularly. In several situations, these start-ups offer product of superior quality in terms of run-time or ...
    by Published on 07-30-2014 02:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design

    In previous posts, we discussed the growing set of challenges and threats faced by the semiconductor industry. From saturating ...
    by Published on 07-29-2014 08:01 AM
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    2. General

    Everyone in EDA is really smart. People who leave EDA and go and work in other industries, especially people who left in the late 1990s for internet startups, notice that this is not true elsewhere. Not that there aren't smart people in internet startups, just that ...
    by Published on 07-27-2014 06:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor IP

    Royalty is a critical component in any IP deal. SoC companies want IP companies to share the risk of success (or failure) of their SoC and to enable that they want IP vendors to accept a substantial part of their payment to be paid as royalty. But the customers are also not very interested to shell out huge money ...
    by Published on 07-24-2014 02:00 PM
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    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Manufacturers

    Paul McLellan and I spent the evening with Samsung at the Bentley Reserve in San Francisco last night. One thing I discussed with them in great detail was IoT devices. Samsung is investing heavily in IoT and the supporting infrastructure. In ...

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