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    by Published on 10-19-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Wally Rhines
    Article: Time in a model: xtUML and concurrency-honey_i_shrunk-kids-apple.jpg

    The "20 Questions with Wally Rhines" series continues

    Throughout the history of the EDA industry, pricing models have caused discontinuities in the way the industry operates. ...
    by Published on 10-18-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk pulled a rabbit out of his hat last month making thousands of cars vanish and converting reports of production and delivery hell into market leadership for premium sedan deliveries. Following SEC legal action and a podcast where he ...
    by Published on 10-18-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. Events,
    5. Mobile,
    6. IoT Internet of Things,
    7. Security
    Article: How GLOBALFOUNDRIES is Differentiating in 2013-arm-neoverse-min.jpg

    I don’t know if it was just me but I left TechCon 2017 feeling, well, uninspired. Not that they didn’t put on a good show with lots of announcements, but it felt workman-like. From anyone else it would have been a great show, but this is TechCon. I expect to leave with my mind blown ...
    by Published on 10-17-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events,
    4. Silvaco
    Why I stopped "writing" RTL-von_neumann.jpg

    Over the past 50 years in our industry, there have been three invariant principles:

    • Moore’s Law drives the pace of Si technology scaling
    • system memory utilizes MOS devices (for SRAM and DRAM)
    • computation relies upon the “von Neumann” architecture

    by Published on 10-16-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Automotive,
    4. Artificial Intelligence,
    5. Rambus
    Article: Apple Makes More on iPhone Than Samsung on Everything-memory-evolution.jpg

    In the wake of TSMC’s recent Open Innovation Platform event, I spoke to Frank Ferro, Senior Director of Product Management at Rambus. His presentation on advanced memory interfaces for high-performance systems helped to shed some light on the evolution of system ...
    by Published on 10-16-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Semiconductor Services
    The two Door Keepers: An Assertion, to make sure bad thing does not happen and covera-eda-stats.jpg

    According with ESDA, EDA revenues have grown YoY by 16.2% in Q2 2018, and this is the good news for our industry. The bad news is the decline of SIP (Design IP) revenues, by (3.1%) at the same time. As far as I am concerned, this figure looks weird, so I will try to understand the reason why SIP category can go wrong in a healthy EDA market, indicating a growing design starts number.
    by Published on 10-15-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Flex Logix
    Why I stopped "writing" RTL-avionics.jpg

    The design of electronic systems for aerospace applications shares many of the same constraints as apply to consumer products – e.g., cost (including NRE), power dissipation, size, time-to-market. Both market segments are driven to leverage the integration benefits of process scaling.
    by Published on 10-15-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events,
    4. Silvaco,
    5. IoT Internet of Things,
    6. Automotive,
    7. Artificial Intelligence
    Why I stopped "writing" RTL-david-dutton.jpg

    Tom Dillinger and I attended the Silvaco SURGE 2018 event in Silicon Valley last week with several hundred of our semiconductor brethren. Tom has a couple blogs ready to go but first let’s talk about the keynote by Silvaco CEO David Dutton. ...
    by Published on 10-14-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Semiconductor Advisors
    Article: How GLOBALFOUNDRIES is Differentiating in 2013-deflated-duck.jpg

    Given that the semiconductor industry is clearly in the midst of a down cycle (even though there are cycle deniers, also members of the flat earth society...), most investors and industry participants want to know the timing of the down cycle and the shape of the recovery as we want to know when its safe to buy the stocks again. We also want to try to predict the ramp rate of the recovery so as to value the growth of the industry and the stocks.
    by Published on 10-12-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Events,
    4. Security,
    5. Tortuga Logic
    Article: How GLOBALFOUNDRIES is Differentiating in 2013-simon-segars-arm-techcon.jpg

    ARM TechCon is one of the most influential conferences in the semiconductor ecosystem without a doubt. This year ARM TechCon has moved from the Santa Clara Convention Center to the much larger convention center in San Jose. Last year the conference seemed to be busting at the seams so this move makes complete sense. A little less convenient but hopefully more room for people ...

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