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    by Published on 11-27-2013 10:40 AM
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    eMMC is the standard for mobile memory used in smartphones and tablets. The latest standard, released just this year, is eMMC 5.0. The previous standard, 4.51, was only released last year so things are moving quickly.

    Arasan have a webinar next week to bring you up to speed on eMMC 5.0 in general and, of course, their own IP offering in the space in particular. It is at 6pm on Tuesday evening December 3rd (convenient both for the west coast ...
    by Published on 08-08-2013 04:31 PM
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    Your cell-phone contains a camera. In fact, it probably contains two: one forward facing for video-calls and one rear-facing for taking photographs and videos. The rear-facing one typically has much higher pixel count than the front-facing. The capabilities of cell-phone cameras are getting "good enough" that the point-and-shoot digital camera market is already in decline. In fact ...
    by Published on 07-30-2013 01:02 PM
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    A couple of weekends ago I moderated a panel session for the Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association. No, I had no idea such an organization existed either (at least partially because I'm not Chinese). Dan Nenni was meant to be doing it but he went off to Las Vegas, so I ended up getting the job. On a Saturday no less. It was on the topic of IP: Make or Buy, Ingredients for Success in System-on-Chip.
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    by Published on 07-19-2013 11:09 AM
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    The future growth in smartphones is largely going to be at the low end of the market as Eric wrote about here a couple of weeks ago. A lot of that growth is targeted at China. Sitting in the US it is easy to underestimate the size of the Chinese market. China Mobile (the market leader) is just one company but has more than twice the ...
    by Published on 07-12-2013 06:00 PM
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    Recently I had a chance to chat with Arasan Ganesan, CEO at Arasan Chip Systems in San Jose, CA. Arasan Chip Systems has provided Silicon interface IP and supporting hardware and software to the semiconductor industry for more than 15 years. The headquarters are in San Jose and engineering offices in Bangalore and Tuticorin, India.


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    by Published on 06-16-2013 08:18 AM
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    Interface IP typically consists of multiple layers, most importantly a PHY (level 1) analog (or mixed signal) block that handles the interface to the outside world and a number of levels of digital controllers. The interfaces between all these levels, especially between the PHY and the controller, is often defined by the interface standard. So, in principle, any PHY should work with any ...
    by Published on 05-26-2013 07:05 PM
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    In 2002 few people outside of Steve Jobs, could have predicted the iPhone. But a forward-looking technology CEO could expect ...
    by Published on 05-15-2013 07:00 PM
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    As we know mobile industry is one of the fastest growing in the electronics arena, and it has led to the emergence of several standards of interfaces between processors, devices, storage, camera, keyboard and so on. The interfaces can involve hardware as well as software and can be complex. The standards are still evolving, often leading to interoperability problems. We know, MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor ...
    by Published on 05-06-2013 04:39 PM
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    Storage interfaces for mobile are evolving rapidly, in particular with the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) standard. So how do you test a design? If you want to test a design that accesses, say, an SD card then you can wander into Fry's and buy an SD card for a few dollars. But to design an interface to UFS is a bit harder since the devices don't yet exist, nor does test equipment ...
    Published on 03-25-2012 04:25 AM
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    NAND Flash memory is set to pass DRAM in the semiconductor industry. Apple is the primary driver and Apple products will consume the bulk of all NAND ICs. At the same time the number of applications that leverage the density, performance and non-volatile benefits of NAND Flash will continue to increase.
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