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    by Published on 08-31-2015 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Cadence,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Aldec and Tanner EDA at DAC-qualcomm-qca4004-use-cases-jpg

    Wi-Fi has this reputation as being a power hog. It takes a relatively big processor to run at full throughput. It is always transmitting all over the place, and it isn’t very efficient at doing it. Most of those preconceived notions arose from older chips targeting the primary use case for Wi-Fi in enterprise and residential ...
    by Published on 08-31-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. MunEDA
    Article: View from the top: Michael Buehler-Garcia-memory-cell-jpg

    My IC design career started out with DRAM at Intel, and included SRAM embedded in GPUs, so I recall some common questions that face memory IP designers even today, like:

    • Does reading a bit flip the stored data?
    • Can I write both 0 and 1 into every cell?
    • Will read access times be met?
    • While lowering the supply voltage does the cell data retain?
    • How does my memory perform across variation?

    If you are buying your SRAM IP then maybe you don't have to be so concerned about these questions, however ...
    by Published on 08-31-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Article: Piper Jaffray Chip Analyst Spanks Intel!-saniepiano-jpg

    I met Michael Sanie last week. He is in charge of verification marketing at Synopsys. I know him well since he worked for me at both VLSI Technology and Cadence. In fact his first job out of college was to take over support of VLSIextract (our circuit extractor), which I had written. But we are getting ahead.

    Michael was born in Iran and came to the US as ...
    by Published on 08-30-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. Semiconductor Intelligence
    Article: Intel is Selling Itself Short on Trigate!-china-2-jpg

    The Chinese stock market (as measured by the Hang Seng Index) dropped 11% from August 14 to August 24 over concerns of a slowing economy. In reaction, the U.S. stock market (as measured by the S&P 500) ...
    by Published on 08-30-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Article: Semiconductor Ecosystem Keynotes: ARM 2012-reference-model-safety-critical-design-jpg

    We’re putting the finishing touches on Chapter 9 of our upcoming book on ARM processors in mobile, this chapter looking at the evolution of Qualcomm. One of the things that made Qualcomm go was their innovative use of digital simulation. First, simulation proved out the Viterbi decoder (which Viterbi wasn’t convinced had a lot of practical value at first) prior to the principals forming Linkabit, then it proved out enhancements to CDMA technology (which was working in satellite programs) before Qualcomm launched into mobile. ...
    by Published on 08-30-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Atmel,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Semiconductor Ecosystem Keynotes: ARM 2012-figure-1-avb-3-jpg

    Audio Video Bridging (AVB) is a well-established standard for in-car infotainment, and there is a significant amount of activity for specifying and developing AVB solutions in vehicles. The primary use case for AVB is interconnecting all devices in a vehicle’s infotainment system. That includes the head unit, rear-seat entertainment systems, telematics unit, amplifier, central audio processor, and rear-, side- and front-view cameras.

    The fact ...
    by Published on 08-29-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Sidense
    Article: Piper Jaffray Chip Analyst Spanks Intel!-double-fin-finfet-jpg

    Have you ever had a peanut butter and bacon sandwich? Everything goes better with bacon! Which brings me to one of my favorite sayings: “(insert two complimentary things) go together like peanut butter and jelly”. How about this: “low power and IoT”, “IoT and OTP”, and ...
    by Published on 08-28-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ANSYS, Inc.
    Article: TSMC Tops Intel, Samsung in Capacity!-redhawk-jpg

    There's only one software company that I know of that covers four major disciplines: Fluids, Structures, Electronics and Systems. That company is ANSYS and when they acquired Apache Design Automation back in 2011 they filled out their products for electronics design, and more specifically in the area of integrated chip-package co-analysis. I just reviewed a presentation from ANSYS given at DAC back in June ...
    by Published on 08-28-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. SEMI
    Article: Piper Jaffray Chip Analyst Spanks Intel!-perioodictable-gif

    Here on SemiWiki we spend a certain amount of time discussing semiconductor equipment, especially the big sea-change items like EUV and 450mm, where everyone wants to know when (and if) they will happen. But there is another aspect to next generation processes other than equipment ...
    by Published on 08-27-2015 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: Piper Jaffray Chip Analyst Spanks Intel!-moores-law-1975-jpg

    As semiconductor professionals we all are familiar with Moore's law. Respected Gordon Moore during year 1965-1975 observed and stated that, number of transistors in dense Integrated Circuit has doubled for approximately ...

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