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    by Published on 06-23-2015 05:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: IC Reliability and Prevention During Design with EDA Tools-euv0-jpg

    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
    Article: IC Reliability and Prevention During Design with EDA Tools-nokia-cover-jpg

    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 ...
    by Published on 06-19-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: IC Reliability and Prevention During Design with EDA Tools-ibm1-jpg

    One announcement that I missed coming up to the Design Automation Conference last week was that SiCAD is hosting a portfolio of IBM's design automation tools in the cloud. Supposedly these are priced half the cost of similar capability from Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor. So should the big ...
    by Published on 06-17-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General,
    3. Mobile,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Non Volatile Memory IP: a 100% reliable, anti fuse solution from Novocell Semiconductor-mm1-jpg

    Every year Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins produces a large presentation on internet trends. And when I say large, I mean it. This year's presentation is 196 slides. It is not really possible to summarize the presentation since it doesn't really have a single theme, it is more ...
    by Published on 06-14-2015 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Events
    Intel say fabless model collapsing... really?-post1-jpg

    It gives me a very nice, somewhat nostalgic, feeling after attending the 52nd DAC. There was a period during my final academic year in 1990 and my first job when I used to search through good technical papers in DAC proceedings and try implementing those concepts in my project work. In general, ...
    by Published on 06-11-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Events
    Article: Intel's Ivy Bridge Mopping Up Campaign-stars-jpg

    Tuesday night I got to meet an old colleague. OK, this is DAC, that is hardly a story. I was at the Synopsys media dinner and John Koeter handed out free wristbands to the Stars of IP party taking place later that evening. Remember, Synopsys ...
    by Published on 06-10-2015 02:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor
    Article: Do you need more machines? Licenses? How can you find out?-intel-labs-sp-six-building-blocks-350-2-jpg

    Silicon photonics is one of the upstart “More than Moore” technologies designed to enable the next generation of high-performance devices. Photonic design is the art of moving and transforming signals in the form of photons, allowing the message ...
    by Published on 06-10-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Events
    Demystifying Analog & Mixed-Signal ASICs-sdc0-jpg

    The keynote on Tuesday at DAC was by Jeffrey Owens of Delphi. For those of you that don't know, Delphi used to be the part of General Motors dealing with electronics spun out from GM as a separate company in 1999.

    Jeffrey ...
    by Published on 06-10-2015 02:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. General
    Article: Smart mobile SoCs: Texas Instruments-image-jpg

    On Sunday night at DAC this week I sat in the front row and listened to Gary Smith give his predictions about EDA and IP as an industry. His financial forecast was a $6.8B industry in 2015, growing to $9B in 2019. An ideal company for Wall Street to invest in would have slow and steady growth. If you add semiconductor IP into the forecast then the size ...
    by Published on 06-08-2015 11:00 PM
    Article: Mergers and Acquisitions in EDA should spark Innovation and Start ups-lens1-jpg

    Today's DAC keynote was by Brian Otis of Google about their project, working with Novartis, to build disposable contact lenses that perform continuous glucose monitoring.

    Why is this important? There are 382M people around the world with diabetes who typically have to check their blood glucose levels four times a day. This involves pricking the skin and then using a monitor to analyze a drop of blood. There are also continuous glucose monitors (CGM) which also require a needle under the skin connected to a monitoring device. Neither approach is all that pleasant.
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