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    by Published on 03-30-2017 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys,
    4. Events
    Article: 16nm FinFET versus 20nm Planar!-aart-de-geus-synopsys-jpg

    I spoke with Aart before his SNUG keynote and found him to be very relaxed and upbeat about EDA and our future prospects which reminded me of my first ever (cringe-worthy) blog, ďEDA is DeadĒ. Now, eight years later, we have what Aart calls ďEDA FusionĒ to thank for the reemergence of EDA as a semiconductor superpower, absolutely.
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    by Published on 03-29-2017 02:00 PM  Number of Views: 7874 
    Article: Smartphone Market Share-gate-length-versus-node-jpg

    Yesterday I attended Intel's manufacturing day. This was the first manufacturing day Intel has held in three years and according to Intel their most in depth ever.

    Nodes must die
    I have written several articles comparing process technologies across the leading-edge logic producers - GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Intel, Samsung and TSMC. Comparing logic technologies to each other requires a metric for process density.

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    by Published on 03-29-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Mobile,
    4. Dolphin Integration
    Article: Did the MIPS acquisition just doom Vivante?-aon-power-savings-min-jpg

    With the old fashioned on-off power switch came certainty of power consumption levels. This was fine back in the days before processor controlled appliances and devices. On was on and off was off: full current or no current. With the first personal computers you always ...
    by Published on 03-29-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Article: Did the MIPS acquisition just doom Vivante?-formal-feast-min-jpg

    Itís not easy having to deliver one of the last tutorials on the last day of a conference. Synopsys drew that short straw for their tutorial on formal methodologies at DVCon this year. Despite that they delivered an impressive performance, keeping the attention of 60 attendees who said afterwards it was excellent ...
    by Published on 03-28-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Open-Silicon
    Four FPGA prototyping options to consider

    Using an FPGA to prototype your next hardware design is a familiar concept, extending all the way back to the time that the first FPGAs were being produced by Xilinx and Altera. There are multiple competitors in the marketplace for FPGA prototyping, so I wanted to discern more about what the German-based company PRO DESIGN had to offer in their proFPGA systems ...
    by Published on 03-28-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. efabless
    Article: 16nm FinFET versus 20nm Planar!-efabless-design-challenge-jpg

    Will community engineering work for semiconductors? Will anyone show up? Well, the efabless design challenge is complete and the results are both interesting and encouraging, absolutely!

    Efabless completed its low power voltage reference ...
    by Published on 03-27-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Silicon Creations
    Article: ARM TechCon 2012 Trip Report-silicon-creations-pll-eye-jitter-min-jpg

    Well it comes as no surprise to those that use and design them, that PLLís are a world unto themselves and very complicated indeed. With PLLís we are talking about analog designs that rely on ring oscillators or LC tanks. They are needed on legacy nodes, like ...
    by Published on 03-27-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys,
    4. Automotive
    Article: Gustafson on Parallel Algorithms-autonomous-car-min-jpeg

    The electronics market for automotive applications is distinguished by multiple factors. This is a very fast growing market Ė electronics now account for 40% of a carís cost, up from 20% just 10 years ago. New technologies are gaining acceptance, for greener and safer ...
    by Published on 03-25-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Should ARM care about MIPS acquisition by Imagination Technologies?-talking-cars-quiet-qualcomm-jpg

    Qualcomm is a technology titan standing astride both the automotive and wireless industries with 10's of thousands of patents, 340M automotive-grade chipsets shipped and a leading position in the connected car industry. So it is fascinating to find executives at the company almost totally tongue-tied of late when it comes to talking about the car technology currently facing a government ...
    by Published on 03-25-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Should ARM care about MIPS acquisition by Imagination Technologies?-mobileye-revenge-jpg

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has famously dismissed hydrogen fuel ("fool") cells and LiDAR and even parted company with Mobileye over automated driving strategy. Now it appears that Mobileye has gotten a measure of revenge with broad implications for the automotive industry, Tesla Motors and automated driving.

    Mobileye's revenge has come in Tesla's
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