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    by Published on 06-11-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Aldec
    CES 2013 Trip Reports (Win an iPad Mini!)-caption.jpg

    Functional verification is a very effort intensive and heuristic process which aims at confirming that system functionalities are meeting the given specifications. While pushing cycle-time improvement on the back-end part of this process is closely tied to the compute-box selection (CPU speed, memory capacity, parallelism option), the front-end involves many painstaking setup preparation and coding. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Biggest Challenge of Adoption of 3D IC Technology-michelin-movin-autonomous-driving.jpg

    When it comes to autonomous mobility – things are changing awfully fast. A "deep dive" workshop at Michelin's Movin' On 2018 event in Montreal (concluding today) dug into the issue revealing hopes and anxieties shared by executives culled from a wide range of industry constituencies. The overall sense of the room was that autonomous technology is coming - perhaps sooner than some think ...
    by Published on 06-10-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Security
    Biggest Challenge of Adoption of 3D IC Technology-rip.jpg

    It was 1976 when distinguished scholars Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman published the first practical method of establishing a shared secret-key over an authenticated communications channel without using a prior shared secret. The Diffie-Hellman methodology became known as Public Key Infrastructure or PKI.

    That was a long time ago. Do you ...
    by Published on 06-04-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
    Most of the re-spins are due to Functional defects?-hublisankalp2006.jpg

    The year is 2005 and PMC Sierra decided that it is time to expand by adding a new site in Bangalore, India. We started with digital verification first but by 2006 we were ready to engage with Mixed Signal Design and Layout. I went to Bangalore in June 2006 for the first time and with the help of our local manager, Vikram Labhe, had a few layout services companies come and present their competence. Started with Wipro, SiCon, then Smartplay and Sankalp. After 2 weeks of meetings and interviews ...
    by Published on 06-01-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things,
    3. Automotive
    Article: Battling SoCs: QCOM vs NVDA vs Samsung-what-mary-meeker-missed.jpg

    It must be a measure of the dim view taken of the automotive industry by Silicon Valley types that of the 294 slides in Mary Meeker’s annual Trends presentation delivered at this year's Code Conference less than 10 of those slides refer to transportation. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner even managed to avoid using the word “car."

    With the main headline of the much-anticipated report being ...
    by Published on 05-28-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Mentor Graphics,
    5. Synopsys
    Most of the re-spins are due to Functional defects?-eda-cloud.jpg

    There is an interesting discussion in the SemiWiki forum about EDA and the foundry business model which got me to thinking about the next disruptive move for the semiconductor industry. First let’s look at some of the other disruptive EDA events that I experienced firsthand throughout my 30+ year career. ...
    by Published on 05-27-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: Predictions are hard, especially about the future-dear-toyota.jpg

    Toyota Motor North America CEO James Lentz got a letter from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week recognizing Toyota’s announced plan to deploy Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology on Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. beginning with MY21. The extraordinary letter notes that Toyota’s decision comes 20 years after the FCC allocated spectrum for DSRC technology, but cautions that Toyota ought to weigh such significant capital investments against the emergence of superior competing solutions, most notably cellular-based C-V2X.
    ...
    by Published on 05-16-2018 10:00 AM
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    2. Security
    Article: IC Design at Analog Bits-5-ways-gain-advantage-over-cyber-attackers.jpg

    Asymmetric attacks, like those in cybersecurity, benefit the aggressor by maintaining the 'combat initiative'. That is, they determine who is targeted, how, when, and where attacks occur. Defenders are largely relegated to preparing and responding to the attacker’s tempo and actions. This is a huge advantage.

    Awakening Business
    The business world is beginning to ...
    by Published on 05-14-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: IC Design at Analog Bits-tutorial_same2005.jpg

    I moved from real layout work to management so I had little or no “hands-on” layout in my responsibility but I was very close to my team challenges in all 5 locations. During my 13 years in PMC Sierra I was involved in many initiatives some technical and some in developing relations with vendors. The biggest difference was that MOSAID was eager to get media coverage ...
    by Published on 05-13-2018 05:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: Reducing Dynamic and Static Power in Memories-balkanize-automotive-safety.jpg

    The Wall Street Journal reported, last week, that auto makers are lining up on opposite sides of the talking cars debate. Some car makers – General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen – are pushing Wi-Fi-based dedicated short range communication technology (DSRC) while others – Ford, Audi and BMW – are emphasizing 5G for the same application.


    "5G Race Pits ...

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