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    by Published on 02-23-2018 11:00 AM  Number of Views: 163 
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    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-herb-reiter.jpg

    Years ago my good friend Herb Reiter promoted the importance of 2.5D packaging to anybody and everybody who would listen including myself. Today Herb’s vision is in production and the topic of many papers, webinars, and conferences. According to Herb, and I agree ...
    by Published on 02-23-2018 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 223 
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    SystemC-AMS 2.0 LRM Release-ceva_pentag_block_diagram-min.jpg

    If you’re not up-to-speed on 5G, there are three use-cases: eMBB (enhanced mobile broadband) for mobile platforms (Gbps rates, immersive gaming, VR, AR – spectrum usage also extends up to mmWave, but that’s a different topic), mMTC for massive machine type communication (ultra-low ...
    by Published on 02-22-2018 11:00 AM  Number of Views: 398 
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    Article: Integrating your SoC into the analog world-mgc-tessent-auto-min.jpg

    The automotive industry continues push the limits on how “smart” we can make our vehicles and from that, it follows as to how smart we can make the electronics in the vehicles. When I think of smart cars (and smart automotive ICs) I typically think of things like ...
    by Published on 02-22-2018 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 334 
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    Article: Integrating your SoC into the analog world-tortuga-image-min.jpg

    We have become accustomed to the idea that safety expectations can’t be narrowed down to one thing you do in design. They pervade all aspects of design from overall process through analysis, redundancies in design, fault analytics and mitigation ...
    by Published on 02-21-2018 11:00 AM  Number of Views: 538 
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    Article: Wafer Costs: Out of Control or Not?-feature-branch-flow-min.jpg

    Linux creator Linus Torvalds lives in Oregon not too far from me and he also created the popular Git system for Design Management (DM) in 2004 that is now used by many software developers. So what makes Git so attractive as a DM tool?

    • Feature-branch workflow
    • Easy to switch context between features
    • New features can be created orderly and be traceable
    • Low overhead for making releases
    • Speedy
    ...
    by Published on 02-21-2018 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 383 
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    SystemC-AMS 2.0 LRM Release-lithovision-2018.jpg

    Next week is SPIE, the leading lithography networking event here in Silicon Valley. Scott Jones is not only attending but also presenting at the 15th Annual LithoVision on Sunday. I will be at SPIE as well so if you want to meet up let us know. We will publish a blog on Scott's presentation the morning of for those who cannot attend. Walking around SPIE with Scott is like walking with me at DAC, everybody knows him and wants a word or two. For the past 10 years EUV has always been a hot topic and this year will be no different since we are actually getting close to production quality EUV, absolutely. ...
    by Published on 02-20-2018 11:00 AM  Number of Views: 383 
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    Article: Integrating your SoC into the analog world-varman-title-slide-min.jpg

    Variation analysis continues to be increasingly important as process technology moves to more advanced nodes. It comes as no surprise that tool development in this area has been vigorous and aggressive. New higher reliability IC applications, larger memory sizes and much higher production ...
    by Published on 02-20-2018 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 470 
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    SystemC-AMS 2.0 LRM Release-sim-card-min.jpeg

    If you have a phone, you probably know it has a SIM card, for most of us the anchor that ties us into a 2/3-year plan with one network provider, unless you have an unlocked phone. Even then, you have to mess around swapping SIM cards if you travel overseas. Wouldn’t it be nice if the SIM was embedded ...
    by Published on 02-19-2018 11:00 AM  Number of Views: 453 
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    Which is better for a fresh graduate, academia or industry?-logo.jpg

    The motivations to establish an industry standard data format are varied:


    1. solidify a “de facto” standard, transitioning its evolution and support from a single company to an industry consortium;
    2. aggregate disparate sources of design and manufacturing data into a single representation, with documented semantics;
    3. provide a reference to which EDA tools that need to import/export this data can be developed and tested;
    4. leverage recent advances in the definition of “markup languages”
    ...
    by Published on 02-19-2018 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 697 
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    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-emulation-book-cover.jpg

    DVCon turns 30 this year which is a very big deal. My oldest child also turns 30 this year which really puts things in perspective looking back at what we have all accomplished during that time. DVCon originally started as a user’s group at the 1988 Design Automation Conference in Anaheim California and the rest as they say is history.
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