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    by Published on 07-19-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ArterisIP
    Article: TSMC Apple Rumors Debunked!-caches-soc-min.jpg

    We tend to think of cache primarily as an adjunct to processors to improve performance. Reading and writing main memory (DRAM) is very slow thanks to all the package and board impedance between chips. If you can fetch blocks of contiguous memory from the DRAM ...
    by Published on 07-18-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Flex Logix
    Article: Cadence, Synopsys, and Mentor on FinFETs-network-graph.png

    Machine learning-based applications have become prevalent across consumer, medical, and automotive markets. Still, the underlying architecture(s) and implementations are evolving rapidly, to best fit the throughput, latency, and power efficiency requirements of an ever increasing application space. Although ML is often associated with the unique nature of (many parallel) compute engines in GPU hardware, the opportunities for ML designs extend to cost-sensitive, low-power markets. The implementation of an ML ...
    by Published on 07-18-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. Intel,
    5. Events

    SEMICON West seemed a little slow last week but maybe it was just me. I’m sure SEMI will come out with record breaking numbers but I did not see it in the exhibit hall (see the video). What I did see was hundreds of exhibitors but I had no idea what they did. San Francisco ...
    by Published on 07-17-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys,
    4. Events
    Article: Oasys Has a New CEO-caption1.jpg

    At DAC 2018, Synopsys held a lunch panel discussing verification challenges faced by the industry leaders, their adopted approaches and the overall verification technology trends. This panel of industry experts from Intel, AMD, Samsung, STM and Qualcomm also shared their viewpoints on what drives the SoC complexity and how their teams have tackled them and achieved successes.

    From the Synopsys ...
    by Published on 07-17-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. eSilicon,
    4. Artificial Intelligence

    There is a well-known progression in the efficiency of different platforms for certain targeted applications such as AI, as measured by performance and performance/Watt. The progression is determined by how much of the application can be run with specialized hardware-assist rather than software, ...
    by Published on 07-16-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. Semiconductor Advisors
    Article: Cadence, Synopsys, and Mentor on FinFETs-0_vlsi_2018_cfet_julien-ryckaert_page_02.jpg

    The 2018 VLSI Technology conference was held in Hawaii in June and is one of the premier conferences covering integrated circuit process technology and circuit design. The Complementary FET (CFET) is an emerging option to continue logic scaling into the next decade. At the conference imec, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Tokyo Electron and Coventor presented “The Complementary FET (CFET) for ...
    by Published on 07-16-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. Semiconductor Advisors

    The stock market hates uncertainty most of all. In the absence of the known, the market will assume the worst or close to it. Right now there is a lot of uncertainty that continues to have more downside beta than upside beta. Everybody we spoke to at Semicon wakes up in the morning wondering what tweet was sent ...
    by Published on 07-15-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. Semiconductor Advisors

    We attended Semicon West Monday and Tuesday, the annual show for the semi equipment industry. Its very clear from discussions with all our sources in the industry that confirm that Samsung has put the brakes on spending on memory and that message was reinforced by declines in their expected profitability due to weaker memory pricing. We maintain that a near ...
    by Published on 07-13-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Wally Rhines
    Article: Is the RTL Design Flow Broken?-texas-instruments-sr-52.jpg

    This is the sixth in the series of "20 Questions with Wally Rhines"

    From the earliest days of my childhood, I was always trying to find ways to make money – paper routes, lawn mowing, coke sales at football games – I did it all. And, except for a motorcycle ...
    by Published on 07-12-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. FPGA,
    3. Mobile,
    4. IoT Internet of Things,
    5. Automotive,
    6. Achronix
    Article: Battling SoCs: QCOM vs NVDA vs Samsung-speedecore-efpga.jpg

    If you think the transition to 5G will be anything like the transitions before it to 3G or 4G, you are in for a big surprise. Not only will the transition take longer than either of the previous transitions, its ...

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