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    by Published on 06-26-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Semiconductor Services,
    4. Open-Silicon

    With 5G cellular networks just around the corner, there is an ever-increasing number of companies working to bring faster communications chips to the market. Data centers are now deploying 100G to handle the increased bandwidth requirements, typically in the form of four 28Gbps channels and that means ASIC designers are looking to integrate Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) ...
    by Published on 06-26-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics,
    4. Events
    Article: TSMC OIP Forum 2012 Trip Report!-chuck-wally-54dac-jpg

    The Siemens purchase of Mentor last year for a premium $4.5B was a bit of a shock to me as I have stated before. I had an inkling a Mentor acquisition was coming but Siemens was not on my list of suitors. The reviews have been mixed and the ...
    by Published on 06-24-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events

    This was my 34th DAC, yes 34. It is a shame blogging did not exist back then because I would have liked to have read thoughts from my eager young mind, or maybe not. The first thing that struck me this year is the great content. Before DAC I review the ...
    by Published on 06-23-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security
    Article: Dear Santa, please bring technology that brings us together-ransomware-crushes-company-jpg

    A South Korean web hosting company struggles for survival after agreeing to pay a ransomware extortion of $1 million to hackers.

    New Record for Ransomware
    Nayana, the South Korean web hosting firm, suffered a ransomware attack that resulted in 153 infected Linux servers. The resulting data that was encrypted by ...
    by Published on 06-23-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Automotive
    Article: How much SRAM proportion could be integrated in SoC at 20 nm and below?-austemper-tool-suite-min-jpg

    It takes courage and perhaps even a little insanity to start a new EDA venture these days – unless you have a decently differentiated value proposition in a hot market. One company that caught my eye, Austemper, seems to measure ...
    by Published on 06-22-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: Introduction to FinFET technology Part I-amazon-eating-whole-foods-jpg

    I doubt that Google and Microsoft ever worried about the prospect that a book retailer, Amazon, would come to lead one of their highest-growth markets: cloud services. And I doubt that Apple ever feared that Amazon’s Alexa would eat Apple’s Siri for lunch.

    For that matter, the taxi industry couldn’t have ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Artificial Intelligence
    Article: Designing with FinFETs-matrix-min-jpeg

    A little self-indulgence for the season, to lighten the relentless diet of DAC updates. I found a recent Wired article based on a TED talk on consciousness. The speaker drew a conclusion that consciousness was not something that could ever be captured in a machine and was a unique ...
    by Published on 06-20-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Synopsys
    Article: How accurate are AMS Behavioral Models?-battery-min-jpg

    Synopsys PrimeTime PX, popularly known as PT-PX, is widely recognized as the gold standard for power signoff. Calculation is based on a final gate-level netlist reflecting final gate selections and either approximate interconnect parasitics or final ...
    by Published on 06-19-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Artificial Intelligence
    Article: "Death of Equities" = A Silicon Valley Revival-ai-end-jobs-jpg

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing so rapidly that even its developers are being caught off guard. Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in Davos, Switzerland, in January that it “touches every single one of our main projects, ranging from search to photos to ads … everything we do … it definitely surprised me, even ...
    by Published on 06-19-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Defacto Technologies
    Article: Designing with FinFETs-deconstructed-architecture-min-jpeg

    It is self-evident that large systems of any type would not be possible without hierarchical design. Decomposing a large system objective into subsystems, and subsystems of subsystems, has multiple benefits. Smaller subsystems can be more easily understood and better tested when built, robust ...

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