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    by Published on 10-20-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. STMicroelectronics,
    4. Samsung Foundry
    Article: How many languages an Engineer should speak?-fdsoi-cost-analysis-jpg

    One of the most frequently discussed concerns regarding FDSOI adoption is the higher starting wafer cost compared to bulk technology. This discussion was also brought up after my earlier post, ...
    by Published on 10-19-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: TSMC 28nm is Fabulous! TSM Stock is not so Fabulous!-screen-fire-jpg

    You may have heard of the Landauer principle or the Landauer limit. This defines a lower bound on switching power dissipation in any form of digital circuit. Rolf Landauer first presented this principle in 1961, while working at IBM. ...
    by Published on 10-18-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    Article: President Obama at DAC 2012-sam_gear_s2-jpg

    The wave of new and improved smartwatches started this year. Apple launched its first smartwatch in April. Several other players including Motorola, LG, ASUS, and Huawei have launched their new smartwatches this year. Sony launched its latest ‘SmartWatch ...
    by Published on 10-14-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Open Source Hardware-wirble-jpg

    A Wirble
    In case you hadn’t noticed, I like to write from time to time about EDA product ideas. I assume these are somewhat original, but given the maxim “there’s nothing new under the sun…”, I may well be wrong. In any event, I like to share these ideas if only to demonstrate ...
    by Published on 10-12-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    Article: Press at DAC-michael-marcus-jpg

    Wi-Fi is the unsung hero of the mobile revolution. Some people even call it the real Internet. In retrospect, smartphones took off partly because Apple forced mobile operators to seriously consider handsets with Wi-Fi capabilities. Now Wi-Fi is an intrinsic networking component serving smartphones, tablets and notebook computers in home, office and public environments.

    The origins of Wi-Fi can be traced ...
    by Published on 10-11-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: How many languages an Engineer should speak?-screen-shot-2015-09-14-4-21-02-pm-jpg

    (I changed the title of this piece as an experiment) Paul McLellan recently wrote on the topic of new ventures crossing the chasm (getting from initial but bounded success to a proven scalable business). That got me to thinking ...
    by Published on 10-09-2015 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP
    Article: Collaboration at 28nm, 20nm and 14nm: IBM, Cadence, ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung-1-jpg

    It used to be that if you went to a processor conference, you could expect to spend hours listening to talks about pipelining, cache schemes and processor architecture. Well, I went to the Linley Processor Conference this week in Santa Clara and found the topics pretty compelling. Processors are in just about everything. ...
    by Published on 10-09-2015 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: President Obama at DAC 2012-dac53-jpg

    The 53rd DAC (Design Automation Conference) is some 8 months away, however to make this conference and exhibit another success requires planning, people and awareness. That's where you come in, because you can contribute your expertise in five different areas:

    by Published on 10-06-2015 03:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Physical IP Not From ARM or Synopsys-intel_22nm_fin_profile-jpg

    Every designer relies upon an underlying “compact” device model for circuit simulations – these models are the lifeblood of the IC industry. Designers may not be aware that there is an organization that qualifies models – the Compact Model Coalition – which operates under the umbrella of the Si2 Consortium: .

    This model qualification is a key milestone, as it enables EDA vendors to adapt their circuit simulation tools accordingly, with the knowledge ...
    by Published on 10-06-2015 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor IP,
    4. Semiconductor Services
    Article: DAC: there's an App for that-tooling_suite-jpg

    In the first part of this article I wrote about four types of costs which must be considered when an IP goes through design differentiation, customization, characterization, and selection and evaluation for acquisition. In this part of the article, I will discuss about the other five types of costs which must be considered to enhance the value of IP and keep the IP-based SoC business model growing. ...
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