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    by Published on 07-30-2014 06:00 AM
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    Privacy is a tough enough question when using a device – but what about when we’re done with it? In a world of two year service agreements with device upgrades and things being attached to long-life property like cars and homes, your data could fall ...
    by Published on 05-29-2014 05:00 PM
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    Maybe I’ve spent too many years whiffing solder flux fumes and absorbing doses of X-band radiation in anechoic chambers, but I’m a firm believer in the axiom: “Give me enough engineers, and I can get 10 of anything to work right, once.” We have to make this … fit into this … using only this stuff … is what legends are made of. ...
    by Published on 05-07-2014 01:00 PM
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    When I was reading the recent Daniel Payne article “Designing Change Into Semiconductor Techonomics” with commentary on a recent presentation from Aart de Geus of Synopsys, one chart jumped out at me: the most popular process node for new design starts today is 180nm.

    Upon mentioning that to a few of my IoT counterparts, they quickly dismissed it as an insignificant point. Any meaningful new ...
    by Published on 04-21-2014 02:00 PM
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    Pop quiz: Name one of the hottest applications for non-volatile memory - A) processor and code configuration; B) RFID tags; C) secure encryption keys; D) all the above. The answer is D, but not in the way you may be thinking; a new approach is using all these ideas at once, combined in SoC designs targeting advanced security for cloud-based computing. ...
    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:
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    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 ...

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