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    by Published on 08-13-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. FinFET
    Article: Common Platform Technology Forum February 5th 2013 Live or Online!-caption1.jpg

    The Tale of Three Metrics
    Meeting PPA (Performance, Power and Area) target is key to a successful design tapeout. These mainstream QoR (Quality of Results) metrics are rather empirical yet inter-correlated and have been expanded to be linked with other metrics such as yield, cost and reliability. While the recent CPU performance race is less intense as Moore’s Law ...
    by Published on 08-13-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Services,
    3. Events,
    4. IC Knowledge
    Article: Common Platform Technology Forum February 5th 2013 Live or Online!-itf-usa-05-greg-mcintyre-euv-stochastics-challenges-solutions_page_12.jpg

    At SEMICON West I attended the imec technology forum, multiple Tech Spot presentations and conducted a number of interviews relevant to advanced lithography and EUV. In this article I will summarize what I learned plus make some comments on the outlook for EUV.
    ...
    by Published on 08-12-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Mobile SoCs: Two Cores are Better Than Four?-taxi-bots.jpg

    From sexual harassment, to surveilling regulators, to Uber drivers and taxi drivers committing suicide (because they can't make a living) the pervasive creepiness of Uber continues to spread while the means of corraling this societal phenomenon creeps steadily forward like ...
    by Published on 08-12-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Mobile SoCs: Two Cores are Better Than Four?-aging-drivers-autonomous-cars.jpg

    Florida is poised to surpass California and Arizona as the leader in autonomous driving development thanks to an aggressive legislative agenda that began in 2012 and direct engagement with autonomous car developers. The state has good reasons for fostering automated driving given that it is the second largest state in the U.S. with the third highest number of highway ...
    by Published on 08-10-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. Semiconductor Services,
    4. eSilicon,
    5. SiFive,
    6. RISC-V
    Article: Common Platform Technology Forum February 5th 2013 Live or Online!-esilicon-serdes.jpg

    While writing "Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors In Our Devices" it was very clear to me that ARM was an IP phenomenon that I did not believe would ever be repeated. Clearly I was wrong as we now have RISC-V with an incredible adoption rate, a full fledged ecosystem, and top tier implementers which ...
    by Published on 08-10-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Wally Rhines
    CES 2013 Trip Reports (Win an iPad Mini!)-ti-dsp-wally-rhines.jpg

    This is the tenth in the series of "20 Questions with Wally Rhines"

    1978 was a bad year for TI. In April, Intel announced the 8086 followed by disclosures of 16-bit microprocessors from Motorola, the 68000, and Zilog, the Z8000. TI had tried to leapfrog the ...
    by Published on 08-09-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Mentor Graphics,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Wall Street Does NOT Know Semiconductors!-system-diagram.jpg

    The phrase “where the rubber meets the road” is especially apt when it comes to discussions about the Internet of Things. The obvious interpretation is that dissimilar things are being put together in a mutually dependent fashion. When ...
    by Published on 08-09-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Artificial Intelligence
    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-isaac-newton.jpeg

    I commented recently on limitations in deep learning (DL), one of which is the inability to incorporate prior knowledge, like basic laws of mathematics or physics. Typically, understanding in DL must be inferred from the training set, ...
    by Published on 08-08-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. FPGA,
    4. Aldec
    Article: Mobile SoCs: Two Cores are Better Than Four?-caption1.jpg

    Finite state machines (FSMs) are widely adopted as part of reactive systems to capture their dynamic behaviors using a limited number of modes or states that usually change according to the applied circumstances. Some terminologies are frequently used to describe the FSM characteristics: state, transition, condition and sequences. A state defines the behavior ...
    by Published on 08-08-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Wall Street Does NOT Know Semiconductors!-saint-elon-musk.jpg

    The Reverend Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, held forth to his flock on yesterday’s earnings call. Musk described at length his efforts to lead the company out of production hell. The lengthy session highlighted the challenges facing the company, which posted its greatest quarterly loss ever, and was emblematic of the typical high-flying ...

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