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    by Published on 02-06-2016 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. eSilicon
    Article: DAC 2012 Cheerleader Controversy!-ambiq-micro-chip-min-jpg

    As we all know, venture capital has all but disappeared for semiconductor companies. Do semiconductor startups still exist and where do they come from? I ask these questions quite frequently but bloggable answers are hard to come by. When I asked Mike Gianfagna of eSilicon during ISSCC he reminded me of an ...
    by Published on 02-05-2016 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Nokia: the Epic Version-alex-lidow-bloomberg-min-jpg

    With the growth in streaming video and the promises of 50 billion IoT gadgets making our lives oh-so-much better, there is an alarming demand for online computational horsepower and bandwidth.

    Why alarming? In 2014, data centers in the United States consumed approximately 100 billion kilowatt
    by Published on 02-05-2016 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Microsoft Messes Up Mobile Even More...and Already Went Thermonuclear-heat-sink-jpg

    The Server SoC at the heart of Data Center almost don’t care about power consumption, at the opposite of Application Processors for smartphone. If you design a server multi-core SoC, you target the highest performance, in fact a combination of high frequency and lowest possible latency, and try to pack as ...
    by Published on 02-05-2016 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Automotive
    Article: Semicon West-starry-night-min-jpg

    Whenever we push the bounds of reliability in any domain, we run into new potential sources of error. Perhaps not completely new, but rather concerns new to that domain. That’s the case for Single Event Upsets (SEUs) which are radiation-triggered bit-flips, ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics
    Physical (DEF) Design Diff and related back-end analysis tools?-cross_domain_formatting-jpg

    A new term has entered the vernacular of electronic design engineering -- pathfinding. The complexity of the functionality to be integrated and the myriad of chip, package, and board technologies available make the implementation decision a daunting task. Pathfinding refers to the method by which the design space of technology options is reduced ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things,
    3. Automotive
    Article: Semicon West-carpool-iot-min-jpg

    Transportation sector is growing, and we can already see that a fleet of autonomous, shared vehicles – connected to the road infrastructure, to the Internet and to a broader network of public transit options – will create incredible value. The transport sector is trying its level best to improve ...
    by Published on 02-04-2016 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: Intel Opens a New Front with ASML-modusgraphic_1-jpg

    It requires lateral thinking in bringing new innovation into conventional solutions to age-old hard problems. While the core logic design has evolved adding multiple functionalities onto a chip, now called SoC, the structural composition of DFT (Design for Testability) has remained more or less same based ...
    by Published on 02-03-2016 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Aldec
    Article: Semicon West-aldec-spec-tracer-2015-12-full-traceability-view-jpg

    Audits. The mere mention of the word keeps project managers up at night and sends most designers running. However, in the case of FPGA designs seeking DO-254 compliance, the product doesn’t ship until the audit is complete – there is no avoiding it, or skating around it. ...
    by Published on 02-03-2016 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Intel Goes Vertical to Guarantee PC Growth-parking-obsessed-2016-min-jpg

    There’s a $20B problem facing drivers in U.S. cities – in fact, it affects drivers in cities all over the world. It is the challenge of locating an available and legal parking space.

    by Published on 02-03-2016 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence
    Article: Atrenta Technology Forum, Japan-3d_em_simulation_history-min-jpg

    James Clerk Maxwell’s eponymous equations are the basis for simulating electromagnetic wave propagation. In school, EE majors tended to fall into two camps: (a) those that thoroughly enjoyed their fields and waves classes, who liked doing surface integrals, and who were adept at demonstrating the “right hand rule”, and (b) those that took the required courses but quickly focused ...

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