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    by Published on 04-25-2015 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    Semiconductor industry capital expenditures (capex) in 2015 are expected to be $69 billion in 2015, up 6% from $65 billion in 2014 according to IC Insights. We at Semiconductor Intelligence have compiled 2015 capex outlook by company. The major memory companies account for 38% ...
    by Published on 04-24-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Cliosoft,
    3. Mobile,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    The semiconductor industry is expected to grow at a reasonable pace in 2015 and beyond, with the biggest market being compute applications followed by wireless and consumer applications. The highest growth, however, is expected to be in application-specific products for devices such as smartphones, wearables, memories, and SSDs. In addition, ...
    by Published on 04-24-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Sonics
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    Back last October 1st was an announcement of Agile IC Methodology. As I said then:
    Today Sonics has launched the Agile IC Methodology along with several collaborators. The initial phase is to create a LinkedIn group to start the discussion.

    See also Agile IC Development ...
    by Published on 04-23-2015 03:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Manufacturers
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    It’s true that Japan was once the center of semiconductor business and we were carrying on with that perception until recently. In 1990, six out of top10 semiconductor companies (excluding pure-play foundries) were in Japan; and 59% of worldwide semiconductor market was concentrated ...
    by Published on 04-23-2015 06:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Cadence
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    Internet of Things (IoT) can be seen as a fashionable buzzword covering so many distinct applications that IoT is sometimes nick-named “Internet of Everything”, or it can be perceived as the next revolution in electronic systems generating more revenues than the smartphone and computer market together in ...
    by Published on 04-23-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Events
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    I like to quiz people on which country is the one where the most leading edge research on semiconductors is done. People reflexively answer USA or maybe Taiwan or Japan. Nobody who doesn't already know the answer would pick Belgium. After all the EU headquarters ...
    by Published on 04-22-2015 01:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. CEVA,
    4. Mobile
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    Intel Corp. is gaining discernible market share in the LTE chips business, and Qualcomm, the 800-pound gorilla in the mobile baseband market, suddenly looks in Intel's crosshairs. A closer look at Intel's journey from a mobile silicon underdog to the owner of a swelling LTE footprint shows that design ingredients like CEVA Inc.'s DSP cores have played a significant role in helping Intel get its baseband act together.

    Intel licensed ...
    by Published on 04-22-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor
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    Yesterday was the Mentor users' group U2U. As usual, Wally Rhines gave the keynote, this year entitled Secure Silicon, Enabler for the Internet of Things. Wally started off saying it was a challenge to find a new angle. The number of news articles on cloud computing has exploded from nothing ...
    by Published on 04-22-2015 02:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. IC Knowledge
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    In the first four installments of this series we have examined Moore’s law, described the drivers that have enabled Moore’s law and discussed the specific status and issues around DRAM and logic. In this final installment we will examine NAND Flash.
    ...
    by Published on 04-21-2015 09:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. IC Knowledge
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    In the third installment of this series we discussed the status of DRAM scaling and Moore’s law. In this installment we will tackle logic. The focus will be on foundry logic.

    Logic technology challenges
    In the second installment of this series we discussed constant electric field scaling. As we mentioned in that installment at 90nm logic hit a scaling wall. Basically the gate oxide thickness had become so physically thin that leakage was exponentially increasing with decreasing gate oxide thickness and gate oxide thickness scaling stopped.

    Strain

    In order to continue to drive ...

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