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    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.
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    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-shape-semiconductor-industry.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.
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    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 ...
    by Published on 10-12-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Wally Rhines
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    This is the nineteenth in the series of "20 Questions with Wally Rhines"

    When I moved from the semiconductor industry to Mentor, I expected most of my technology and business experience to apply similarly in EDA software. To some extent, that was correct. ...
    by Published on 10-11-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Events,
    4. FD-SOI,
    5. Dolphin Integration
    Article: How GLOBALFOUNDRIES is Differentiating in 2013-energy-efficiency-min.jpg

    If you have read the white paper recently launched by Dolphin, “New Power Management IP Solution from Dolphin Integration can dramatically increase SoC Energy Efficiency”, you should already know about the theory. This is a good basis to go further and discover some real-life examples, like Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) ...
    by Published on 10-11-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. FPGA,
    4. ARM,
    5. Xilinx
    Article: Improving FPGA Prototype Debugging-arm-design-start-min.jpg

    Many of us dream about the wonderful widget we could build that would revolutionize our homes, parking, health, gaming, factories or whatever domain gets our creative juices surging, but how many of us take it the next step? Even when ...
    by Published on 10-10-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Avatar Integrated Systems
    Tackling large-scale SoC and FPGA prototyping debug challenges-caption.jpg

    For many years TSMC has provided IC design implementation guidance as viewed from the process and manufacturing standpoints. The last time TSMC Reference Flow incremented, it was version 12.0 back in 2011. Since then, increased design, process and packaging related complexities of the advanced nodes have demanded more focused efforts --which have translated into incremental set of directives such ...
    by Published on 10-10-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Fractal Technologies
    Article: Engineer to Engineer, Embedded Instrumentation-silicon_ip_data_volume.jpg

    In our previous article bearing the same title, we discussed the recommended baseline checks covering cell and pin presence, back-end, and some front-end checks related to functional equivalency. In this article, we’ll cover the extensive list of characterization checks, that include timing arcs, NLDM, CCS, ECSM/EM, and NLPM.


    Timing Arc ...
    by Published on 10-09-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security
    Tackling large-scale SoC and FPGA prototyping debug challenges-hack-back-consequences.jpg

    Potential for Hack-Back Legislation. Government officials and experts are weighing in on the concept of ‘hacking back’, the practice of potentially allowing U.S. companies to track down cyber attackers and retaliate.

    Former head of the CIA and NSA outlined his thoughts to the Fifth Domain on the Hack Back issue currently being debated by Congress. ...

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