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    by Published on 03-20-2017 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Have you used the modern DxDesigner?  Gary Lameris describes enhancements in his blog-dac54-min-jpg

    The most charismatic EDA CEO that I have ever witnessed is Joe Costello, who formed Cadence by merging SDA (Solomon Design Automation) and ECAD (known for DRC with Dracula). You will be impressed with his Monday keynote at DAC on June 19th, starting at 9:15AM. Joe has long since left the EDA world and is currently the CEO of a company called Enlighted that is bringing the IoT to smart buildings, and yes, they actually have big-name customers. ...
    by Published on 03-18-2017 06:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Should ARM care about MIPS acquisition by Imagination Technologies?-tesla-cat-bag-jpg

    Some day soon, maybe this year or next, Tesla Motors is going to let the cat out of the bag that its cars are not only connected but are also subject to remote control. Remote control isn't the sort of feature that consumers look for in their personal transportation, so it isn't likely to be something Tesla is going to bring up. It also has a range of security, privacy ...
    by Published on 03-11-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: 16nm FinFET versus 20nm Planar!-accellera-global-presence-min-jpg

    One of the fun things about what I do is getting to meet some of the movers and shakers in the industry. You might not think of Accellera as a spot to find movers and shakers, but when you consider the impact they have had on what we ...
    by Published on 03-08-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Security
    Code scavenging in chip design-real-lesson-aws-outage-jpg

    The embarrassing outage of Amazon Web Services this week should open our eyes to a growing problem. Complex systems are difficult to manage, but if they are connected in dependent ways, a fragile result emerges. Such structures are subject to unexpected ...
    by Published on 03-04-2017 08:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Chip On Wafer On Substrate (CoWoS)-5g-emperor-new-clothes-jpg

    A very odd phenomenon is sweeping the automotive and wireless industries and was in full flower at MWC 2017. The onset of 5G connectivity has wireless carriers excited over the high bandwidth, low latency and high availability applications inherent in this new network technology Ė to say nothing of network slicing for targeted applications. But the application segments ...
    by Published on 03-04-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events,
    3. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Chip On Wafer On Substrate (CoWoS)-power-grid-min-jpeg

    Apparently this event is now being postponed until sometime later in the year. Stay tuned

    We spend a lot of our time with our heads down in the technical details and when we look up at what we think is the big picture, itís usually just a little bit bigger, often no more than a justification for immediate ...
    by Published on 02-27-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. GlobalFoundries,
    4. Intel,
    5. TSMC,
    6. Events,
    7. Samsung Foundry
    Article: Electromigration (EM) with an Electrically-Aware IC Design Flow-semiconductor-wafer-min-jpg

    The annual SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference kicked off last night with vendor sponsored networking events and such. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics but this year SPIE Advanced Lithography is all about the highly anticipated EUV technology. Scotten Jones and I are at SPIE so ...
    by Published on 02-25-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: ARM and a LEG-oems-lead-way-self-driving-tech-jpg

    It's never a good sign when car makers are called before Congress. It's almost as bad as being asked to visit the President. But last week the meeting didn't involve allegations or investigations. It was just an occasion for a friendly chat regarding "Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment."

    IEEE Spectrum was kind enough to excerpt notable moments from the Q&A which inadvertently highlighted the confusion
    by Published on 02-22-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: IBM Tapes Out 14nm ARM Processor on Cadence Flow-coin-cell-battery-min-jpeg

    Weíve become pretty good at reducing power in IoT edge devices, to the point that some are expected to run for up to 10 years on a single battery charge. But what if you wanted to go lower still or ...
    by Published on 02-21-2017 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Silicon Photonics
    Article: Beneath the Surface lies the first real test-plasmofab-jpg

    In the last year we have seen a marked increase in activity around the integrated photonics space, especially around silicon-based photonics. Last year the American Institute for Manufacturing of Photonics (better known as AIM Photonics) was started to boot-strap U.S. ...

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