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    by Published on 09-25-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. General
    Article: iPhone 5: Boost to semiconductor market?-windows-10-anniversary-update-min-jpg

    Ever since Microsoft launched Windows 10, they have primarily been focused on getting people to upgrade their existing machines from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, in addition to promoting their Surface line. The upgrade program allowed users of both operating systems to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free for a year. That all ended ...
    by Published on 09-25-2016 10:00 AM
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    2. General
    Article: Mentor Graphics Update at TSMC 2012 OIP-spacex-blue-origin-min-jpg

    Elon Musk’s company SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin have grabbed the headlines in the space race, both of them building rockets and spacecraft. But there is fascinating backstory on how this race and the private space industry came into existence. It is the tale of a renegade ...
    by Published on 09-25-2016 05:00 AM
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    2. General
    Article: Cadence Mixed Signal Technology Summit-network-vs-platform-min-jpg

    So, how do we define these terms? What is the core difference? Why does it matter – what is the implication on business models? And finally, which firms today embody these models?

    First, the basics. Digital business models are inherently exponential in terms of value generation. ...
    by Published on 09-23-2016 06:00 PM
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    2. Mentor Graphics,
    3. Mobile,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
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    There are a lot of clever techniques to automatically find and even implement methods for register gating and memory gating, but the bulk of power-saving still depends on designer and architect insight based on expected range of use of a device, complemented by practical use-case simulations. Of course this team needs to be able to see ...
    by Published on 09-23-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: iPhone 5: Boost to semiconductor market?-car-virus-alert-min-jpg

    What if we all looked at driving as less of a right and more of an addiction, a disability, or a disease to be avoided, cured or overcome? What if driving were seen as a menace to society draining lives, money and time from the economy? What would our public policy priorities ...
    by Published on 09-23-2016 10:00 AM
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    2. Mobile
    Article: A Brief History of Atrenta and RTL Design-pokemon-go-cia-png

    So it's finally out, the truth about Pokemon Go (and probably the rest of the app based mobile gaming world) and it's a shocking, painful truth that will pretty much destroy the industry and force people back to their ...
    by Published on 09-23-2016 05:00 AM
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    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: SemiWiki on Android-15-key-building-blocks-iot-solution-jpg

    IoT solution development is complex. In many cases, development entails combining expertise from a number of different areas such as embedded system engineering, connectivity solution design, big data handling, application development, and data encryption techniques. Each area demands a specific array of competences and proficiency to function within its own realm. Furthermore, a varied skillset with diverse knowledge is required to develop a complete solution that blends offerings across all of these areas. But within these areas ...
    by Published on 09-22-2016 02:00 PM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Defacto Technologies
    Article: A Brief History of Atrenta and RTL Design-build-rtl-hierarchy-min-jpg

    Modern SoC designs can use billions of transistors where transistors are grouped into gates, then gates grouped into cells, then cells grouped into blocks, blocks grouped into modules, and so on, creating a complex hierarchy. What a front-end designer conceives of logically for a hierarchy will differ from how an optimized physical hierarchy appears in order to meet physical implementation constraints in the back-end of the design process. Reasons to use a different physical hierarchy include:

    • Reduce die size and therefore costs
    • Increase utilization
    • Improve
    ...
    by Published on 09-22-2016 09:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC
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    Electronic system level (ESL) modeling for system architecture exploration is rapidly gaining momentum. The simulation performance requirements for hardware/software co-design are demanding -- an abstract model for SoC IP cores is required. Typically, soft IP will include a number of model configuration parameters. The SoC architect needs ...
    by Published on 09-22-2016 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: A Brief History of Atrenta and RTL Design-1-min-jpg

    Variation is still the tough nut to crack for advanced process nodes. The familiar refrain of lower operating voltages and higher performance requirements make process variation an extremely important design consideration. As far back as the early 2000’s design teams have ...

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