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    by Published on 05-23-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Synopsys
    Article: Designing with FinFETs-cdc-challenges-fpga-design-min-jpg

    FPGAs have become a lot more capable and a lot more powerful, more closely resembling SoCs than the glue-logic we once considered them to be. Look at any big FPGA a Xilinx Zynq, an Intel/Altera Arria or a Microsemi SmartFusion; these devices are full-blown SoCs, functionally different from an ...
    by Published on 05-23-2017 02:30 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. IoT Internet of Things,
    5. FD-SOI,
    6. Automotive
    Article: Mentor and NXP Demonstrate that IJTAG Can Reduce Test Setup Time for Complex SoCs-chengdu-globalfoundries-fab-jpg

    When GlobalFoundries first briefed me on 22FDX during a trip to Dresden in 2015, China was one of the first things that came to mind. The China semiconductor market was still on 28nm and FinFETs seemed far away for the majority of the Chinese fabless companies. A low cost, low power, low complexity 22nm process with a path to 12nm (12FDX) seemed like a perfect fit and as it turns out it is, absolutely.

    by Published on 05-22-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Flex Logix
    The International Conference on Engineering of Reconfigurable Systems and Algorithms-global-microcontroller-market-jpg

    It is nice to see an emerging market successfully emerge for a change. With embedded FPGAs we are way past test chips and are now seeing tape-outs and silicon in a variety of applications. Im not sure what the current market estimate of eFPGA is just yet but they align nicely with the $30B+ micro ...
    by Published on 05-21-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Is The Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem at Risk?-agriculture-vs-food-waste-jpg

    We, in the hi-tech community, tend to gravitate towards the technology, the API, the device, the platform, the processes node and to forget the goal behind all of those items. We have all noticed the platform wars and cloud API struggle for #IoT market domination. Someone needs to bring back the discussion to the top level, to why we started down the road of #IoT a few years ...
    by Published on 05-19-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events,
    3. IoT Internet of Things,
    4. Dolphin Integration
    Article: Designing with FinFETs-1-dolphin-low-power-recipe-min-jpg

    Dolphin is addressing the ultra-low-power (ULP) needs for some applications, like for example Bluetooth low energy (BLE), machine-to-machine (M2M) or IoT edge devices in general. For these applications, defining active and sleep modes is imperative, but it may not be enough to guarantee that the battery-powered system will run for years, especially ...
    by Published on 05-19-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events,
    4. MunEDA,
    5. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Andy Bryant Will Now Lead Intel Into The Foundry Era-muneda-analog-design-parameters-min-jpeg

    Optimizing analog designs has always been a difficult and tricky process. Designing for IoT applications has only made this more difficult with the added importance of minimizing power. Unlike other circuit parameters, it is not easy to specify power as a design goal when using equations. Power ...
    by Published on 05-18-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events,
    4. Automotive,
    5. Jama Software
    Debugging is not free!!-tuv-jama-min-jpg

    The semiconductor, IP, Software and EDA industries are all focusing on the growing automotive market because of its electronic content, size and growth. There are long-time suppliers to the automotive industry, and also first-time vendors that are launching something new every week for electronics in automotive. So where do you go to get up to speed ...
    by Published on 05-18-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things,
    3. Security
    Article: Andy Bryant Will Now Lead Intel Into The Foundry Era-authentication-min-jpeg

    Two-factor authentication has become commonplace for those of us determined to keep the bad guys at bay. You first request entry to a privileged site through a user-name/password, which in turn sends a code to your mobile device that you must ...
    by Published on 05-17-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security
    Article: Is The Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem at Risk?-cybersecurity-world-artificial-intelligence-jpg

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming. It could contribute to a more secure and rational world or it may unravel our trust in technology. AI holds a strong promise of changing our world and extending compute functions to a more dominant role of directly manipulating physical world activities. This is a momentous step where we relinquish some level of control for the safety of ourselves, family, and prosperity. With the capabilities of AI, machines can ...
    by Published on 05-17-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. CEVA,
    4. Mobile,
    5. IoT Internet of Things,
    6. Automotive
    Analog FastSPICE is Growing-voice-interface-min-jpeg

    In our favorite Sci-Fi or fantasy movies or series we routinely expect voice-control of the many devices encountered in those stories. This seems natural because thats how we most easily communicate our needs and intent (short of direct brain connections, though Elon Musk is apparently working on that). Typing on a keyboard (as I am now) feels hopelessly clunky, ...

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