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    by Published on 04-01-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. Intel

    Intel continues shopping spree with Broadcom
    AMAT drops TEL merger due to high remedy cost
    Global Foundries wins Apple A9 business at 20nm for 6S & "6C"

    Intel follows Altera with Broadcom chaser.....
    Sources in the industry have confirmed that Intel is advanced discussions to acquire Broadcom, following closely on the heels of its rumored acquisition of Altera.

    by Published on 04-01-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. SEMI

    SEMI Forecasts 15% Increase in Fab Equipment Spending for 2015
    With worldwide capex growth of 8%, fab equipment spending is expected to increase by 15% in 2015, according to the most recent edition of the SEMI ( World Fab Forecast. SEMI’s data also predicts a slowdown of ...
    by Published on 03-31-2015 11:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ICScape

    What is Skipper? Well, it seems it's a penguin in the movie Madagascar. And one of Barbie’s sisters. Who knew? But for Semiwiki readers it's an integrated chip finishing platform from ICScape. Skipper can read in full-chip layout extremely fast, examine ...
    Published on 03-31-2015 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cliosoft

    For a design engineer engulfed in the daily rigorous routine of having to keep in sync with updates from various design team members as well the dictums of the design management team, the task of remaining up-to-date with the design information is very often daunting.

    What design changes have been checked in this week? ...
    by Published on 03-31-2015 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile,
    3. IoT Internet of Things

    As The Who sang on Who's Next:
    Keep me movin', groovin', groovin', yeah
    Movin', Yeah
    Mobile, mobile, mobile, mobile, ...

    On April 22nd and 23rd the place to be moving (or movin') to will be the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara. Because What's ...
    by Published on 03-30-2015 07:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Calypto

    With High-Level Synthesis (HLS) the first benefit that comes to my mind is reduced design time, because coding with C or SystemC is more efficient than low-level RTL code. What I've just learned is that there's another benefit, a reduction in the amount of functional simulation required. One HLS customer was able to see this reduction by comparing regression tests that took 1,000 servers running for 3 months using an RTL verification methodology, ...
    by Published on 03-30-2015 05:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Atmel,
    3. IoT Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) juggernaut has unleashed a flurry of low-power microcontrollers, and in that array of energy-efficient MCUs, one product has earned the crown jewel of being the lowest-power Cortex M-based solution with power consumption down to 35µA/MHz in active mode and 200nA in sleep mode.

    How do we know if Atmel Corp.'s SAM L21 microcontroller can actually claim the leadership in ultra-low-power processing movement? The answer lies in the EEMBC ULPBench power benchmark that was ...
    by Published on 03-30-2015 01:27 AM

    It’s probably the first time that Synopsys is offering such a direct access to free and open source software. The goal is to support customers developing application code for IoT and embedded devices based on ARC IP core family. The designer can select the Real Time Operating System ...
    by Published on 03-29-2015 09:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. TSMC,
    5. IC Knowledge

    I previously published a summary of day 1 of SPIE and I wanted to follow up with observations from successive days.

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, the not-for-profit society advances ...
    by Published on 03-29-2015 05:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Methodics

    Chip design is largely about assembling pre-designed IP, either developed in other groups in the same company, or brought in from a 3rd party, or occasionally developed within the SoC design group itself. But that makes it sound like it is a bunch of blocks ...

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