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    by Published on 03-28-2014 12:00 PM
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    My first job in electronic design circa 1981 was making analog autopilots and control devices for RPVs – the early form of what today we call UAVs. A couple of really delicate boxes with gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers, and several boards full of LM148 quad op-amps surrounded by a lot of resistors and capacitors made the 17ft wingspan composite bird head in the direction we wanted. ...
    by Published on 02-18-2014 01:30 PM
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    Every once in a while, I just scratch my head and wonder just what in the wide, wide world of tech is going on. More than ever, it seems the big barriers to adoption aren’t a lack of technology – instead, barriers come from a system that staunchly defends the old way of doing things, even when the participants are battered, broken, and bleeding.

    Consider smart cards, for instance. We have had both the international standardization ...
    by Published on 01-22-2014 02:10 PM
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    For non-volatile storage in IoT devices, there is technology designed to be reprogrammed many times, and technology designed to be programmed once. The many times mode is for application code, while the once mode is for keying and calibration parameters. We are about to enter the IoT rekeying zone, in between these two extremes.
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    by Published on 01-11-2014 10:00 PM
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    The technology headlines in 2013 were often stolen by frivolous legal actions that made little or no sense to me at all. Patent Trolling is at an all-time high inside the fabless semiconductor ecosystem and as a result litigation reform is coming to Silicon Valley, believe it.

    Currently working its way through the legislative process is the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), the major provisions of this bill are:
    • Require
    ...
    by Published on 11-01-2013 02:15 PM
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    One of the most demanding applications where semiconductors are used is in the various applications of digital video from tablet computers, to home entertainment. iPad with a retina display is already at high-definition (HD) resolution (2048x1536) and all indications are that video is racing towards what is known as 4K resolution, also known as ultra high definition, 3840x2160 pixels which is roughly four ...
    by Published on 09-20-2013 11:43 AM
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    Virtually all SoCs require one-time programmable (OTP) memory. Each SoC is different, of course, but two main uses are large memories for holding boot and programming code and small memories for holding encryption keys and trimming parameters, such as radio tuning information and so on.

    There are alternatives to putting an OTP on-chip. The data can be held off-chip ...
    by Published on 09-14-2013 12:21 PM
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    I've written before about the basic capabilities of Sidense's single transistor one-time programmable memory products (1T-OTP). Just to summarize, it is an anti-fuse device that works by permanently rupturing the gate oxide under the bit-cells storage transistor, something that is obviously irreversible. Also, compared to devices ...
    by Published on 08-29-2013 09:20 PM
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    All chips have critical power management requirements, often with multiple supply voltages. Digital power management ICs (PMICs) are commonplace to convert unregulated voltages from batteries and noisy power supplies to fully regulated accurate power to keep even the most sensitive chips performing.

    Powervation is a company that uses a multiprocessor ...
    by Published on 08-06-2013 07:33 PM
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    You have probably heard of the Internet of Things or IoT. This is the future world in which not only are our computers and smartphones connected to the internet, but all sort of other things like thermostats, medical monitors, smart car-keys and soil analyzers. What these "things" have in common is that, unlike computers and smartphones:
    • sensor-rich
    • not going to
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    by Published on 06-10-2013 09:34 AM
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    If you have attended DAC in Austin (June 2-5), you probably have missed the first TSMC Technology Symposium. It was held on June 6 in Shanghai. Considering my own experience of a 29 hours trip to come back home (in France), I doubt that it was any possible to leave Austin on June 5 to attend TSMC Technology Symposium in Shanghai on June 6, even ...

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