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    by Published on 07-31-2015 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Arteris
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    The joint development of 3D XPoint memory technology from Intel and Micron has once more brought the spotlight on data centers and chips for solid-state drives (SSDs). The two semiconductor industry giants claim that 3D XPoint memory is1,000 times faster than NAND Flash: the underlying memory content for SSDs. Such developments underscore the tectonic shift in the IT industry from HDDs to SSDs.

    There is an inevitable ...
    by Published on 07-31-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Synopsys
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    USB is certainly the most ubiquitous of the Interface protocols, used in our day to day life to connect multiple systems, as well as in professional segments like industrial or even high performance servers (yes, these systems integrates USB 3 connections). But USB is also one of the protocols able ...
    by Published on 07-31-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Silvaco
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    It's Silvaco's 30 year anniversary. You may already know the dry official story of the early days:
    • Founded in 1984 by Dr Ivan Pesic
    • In 1984 the initial product, Utmost, quickly became the industry standard for parameter extraction, device characterization and modeling.
    ...
    by Published on 07-30-2015 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM
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    ARM is one of the companies I have had professional experience with during my storied semiconductor career so I know some of their history first hand. I worked for a physical IP company that was purchased by ARM and at Virage Logic we competed against ...
    by Published on 07-30-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
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    The IoT (Internet of Things) is not one product, technology, segment, or market. It’s a combination of many things, many markets, and many technologies. However, it’s one thing that needs to connect everything together; edge device to gateway to cloud. That brings the complexity, how’s that possible ...
    by Published on 07-30-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. General,
    4. eSilicon
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    This morning I went to a presentation in Palo Alto about outsourcing in Vietnam. You have probably heard that Vietnam is the new China for manufacturing, as wages have increased in the Shenzhen area then companies like Foxconn have opened plants in Vietnam. But this meeting was mostly about services, ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
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    Let's start by getting the financial stuff out of the way. Revenue was $416 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 28%; non-GAAP EPS was $0.27; and operating cash flow was $122 million (up at lot, it was just $47M in Q1 and $69M in Q2 of 2014).

    The thing that the financial types are most interested in are the changes to ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
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    The traditional system-on-chip (SoC) design process has fully qualified verification methods embodied in the form of process design kits (PDKs). Why is it that chip design companies and assembly houses have no IC/package co-design sign-off verification process?

    Package die are often produced using multiple processes and multiple ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. CEVA,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
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    The wearer says, "O.K., Glass" and glass leaps into action, performing most of the smartphone functions like check e-mails, take photos and videos, provide turn-by-turn navigation, and make and receive phone calls. Welcome to Smartphone 2.0.

    Technology pundits called Google Glass the best thing that happened to augmented reality since the iPhone. What is the augmented reality? In this case, we can say it's the interface between the wearable computing ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
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    Last week Charlie Cheng of Kilopass wrote about venture capital for semiconductor. This reminded me of something amusing that I came across years ago.

    See also VC For Semiconductor: Dead or Alive?

    All VCs have a portfolio page and often a ...

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