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    by Published on 08-24-2016 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Sidense,
    4. Mobile,
    5. IoT Internet of Things,
    6. Automotive
    Article: Intel Finally Comes Clean on 22nm SoCs!-pmic-article-figure-1-jpg

    Power. Every device needs it. Managing it properly can make all the difference between a device people enjoy using and one that is more hassle than it is worth. What happens between the battery and the processor is the job of the power management integrated circuit (PMIC). ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Solido DA
    Article: Power, Signal, Thermal and EMI signoff-2-min-jpg

    ARMís Azeez Bhavnagarwala recently gave a talk hosted by Solido on the benefits of variation aware design in optimizing 6T bit cells. Azeez sees higher clock rates, increasing usage of SRAM per processor and the escalating number of processors, shown in the ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 05:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: Intel Finally Comes Clean on 22nm SoCs!-tesla-after-crash-jpg

    The funny thing about pitching new cars to the general public these days is that no one really wants to think about ever getting into a crash. There was a time when General Motors counted on OnStar as a deciding factor in selling cars because of its post-crash prophylaxis of automatically summoning assistance.

    A couple decades ...
    by Published on 08-23-2016 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC
    Article: Is DDR4 a bridge too far?-mediatek-helio-x30-min-jpg

    MediaTek (MTK) recently made the news for announcing their first leading edge SoC (Helio X30), a 32% increase in quarter over quarter sales, and an expected 30% increase for the year. Both of which deserve a closer ...
    by Published on 08-23-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Services,
    4. Mobile,
    5. FD-SOI
    Article: Micron ReRAM Patent Alert-perfect-wearable-soc-jpg

    Power is Everything
    During Apollo 13 after the oxygen tank in the service module exploded forcing the crew to use the lunar module as a life boat to get back home, John Aaron - an incredibly gifted NASA engineer who was tasked with getting the Apollo 13 crew back home safely - flatly stated "Power is everything...we've got to turn everything off..."

    His point was - the Lunar Module was burning 55 amps in steady state and it could only burn a maximum
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    by Published on 08-23-2016 05:00 AM
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    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Intel Finally Comes Clean on 22nm SoCs!-iot-standardization-implementation-challenges-1-jpg

    The rapid evolution of the IoT market has caused an explosion in the number and variety of IoT solutions. Additionally, large amounts of funding are being deployed at IoT startups. Consequently, the focus of the industry has been on manufacturing and producing the right types of hardware to enable those solutions. In current model, most IoT solution providers have been building all components of the stack, from the hardware devices to the relevant ...
    by Published on 08-22-2016 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. Semiconductor Events
    Free whitepaper on RF CMOS Design at 60 GHz-arm-server-focus-jpg

    ARM has a storied history of announcing major architecture changes at conferences far in advance of product implementations to get their ecosystem moving. At Hot Chips 2016, their sights are set on revamping the ARMv8-A architecture for a new generation of server and high-performance computing parallelism with a preview of the Scalable ...
    by Published on 08-22-2016 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Synopsys,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Intel's Haswell and the Tablet PC Dilemma-fpga-blocks-min-jpg

    Designing DRAMs at Intel back in the 1970s I first learned about Soft Errors and the curious effect of higher failure rates of DRAM chips in Denver, Colorado with a higher altitude than Aloha, OR. With the rapid growth of FPGA-based designs in 2016, we are still asking the same questions about the reliability of our chips used for safety-critical applications like:
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    by Published on 08-22-2016 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Micron ReRAM Patent Alert-machina-general-view-env-min-jpg

    Israel has a strong pedigree in functional verification. Among others, Verisity (an early contributor to class-based testbench design and constrained random testing) started in Israel and RocketTick (hardware-based simulation acceleration), acquired ...
    by Published on 08-21-2016 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Advisors
    Article: A Brief History of ASIC, part I-no-euv-asml-jpg

    Last quarter we said that AMAT got its mojo back and it appears to have even picked up speed going into the end of a strong year.

    The display business which had been less than reliable in years past has come up with back to back home runs. Applied is growing both its top and bottom line at well above the sluggish market rates and is clearly the growth leader in
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