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    by Published on 09-13-2014 05:25 PM
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    We made it! I have stood on the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro.

    Obviously this blog entry is totally off-topic. If you want to read about semiconductors and stuff, you can skip it.

    So how do you get to the top of a nearly 20,000’ mountain? Slowly. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2014 06:00 AM
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    With four children entering the job market I have a very simple piece of advice: DO NOT RUN FROM TECHNOLOGY, EMBRACE IT! Smartphones are now a “natural” part of modern life. We work on them, we ...
    by Published on 09-09-2014 04:00 PM
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    In America the popular press talks almost non-stop about: Disasters, politicians, celebrities and Apple. Yes, Apple. Today I watched the live cast of the new Apple product announcements.

    iPhone 6
    First, the see things differently video started playing, then the live stream died so I had to turn over to CNET where they were live commenting. 30 years ago the first Macintosh computer with iconic mouse-based graphical user interface, ...
    by Published on 09-05-2014 06:01 AM
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    For several weeks I have been trying to put out one blog per day rather than being like London buses where there are none for ages and then three come along at once. Or SFMuni buses for that matter. This week has ...
    by Published on 09-02-2014 03:00 PM
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    Last year or earlier (when it was in the making), when I first heard of Google Glass, I was of the opinion that it’s yet another device with a screen in front of your eyes, with wearable glasses through which you can see the virtual extension of reality you are interacting ...
    by Published on 09-01-2014 03:00 PM
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    Most analog cells have a power off mode intended to reduce power consumption. In this mode, all the circuit branches between ...
    by Published on 09-01-2014 08:00 AM
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    The nice thing about webinars is that if you register for the live one and you can't attend you will still get first notice when the replay goes up. The other nice thing is that you can read a blog review of a webinar or whitepaper on SemiWiki first to see if it is worth your time. If you do attend ...
    by Published on 08-27-2014 03:00 PM
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    Metal fill requirements for inductors are now a fact of life. Fill has long been seen as detrimental to device performance due to parasitic capacitance. The necessity of fill arises from the need to ensure planarization of dielectric layers by using chemical mechanical polishing. Without adequate fill, areas of the chip can ...
    by Published on 08-27-2014 06:01 AM
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    One of the perks of blogging here is being able to get a press invitation to lots of events, often in interesting locations I never even knew existed. Tonight it was a Broadcom event in SPUR here in San Francisco. The ...
    by Published on 08-26-2014 07:00 PM
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    Most analog designers are aware of loops stability. In most cases, stability is understood as AC stability, the goal is ensuring enough phase (gain) margin so as to avoid the loop to enter oscillation. But prior to studying AC stability, DC stability should be questioned. What is that DC stability only few people think of?
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