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    by Published on 04-11-2019 10:00 AM
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    Article: MUST: DSP ready solution for tomorrow smartphone based on CEVA-XC 4000-thomas-dolby-min.jpg

    Many of us have engineering degrees and are well paid to maintain a deep but narrow focus into a specific domain, but what about the big picture, like industry trends and emerging challenges? Well, DAC56 has just the thing to deliver us a front row seat to the big picture, and it's contained in both the Keynotes and SKYtalks.

    Hors D'Oeuvres from Chaos

    In the 1970's while living at home, listening to the radio, I stumbled upon this new type ...
    by Published on 04-11-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    4. Mentor Graphics,
    5. TSMC,
    6. FinFET
    Article: Startups: the Biggest Challenge-tsmc.jpg

    Last week TSMC announced the availability of its complete 5nm design infrastructure that enables SoC designers to implement advanced mobile and high-performance computing applications for the emerging 5G and AI driven markets. This fifth generation 3D FinFET design infrastructure includes technology files, PDKs ...
    by Published on 04-08-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Semiconductor Design,
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    Technology has turned into a control freak!-screen-shot-2019-04-08-7.27.55-am.jpg

    Like many others, we have often wondered why the PMOS fins on advanced microprocessors from Intel are narrower than the NMOS fins (6nm versus 8nm). This unusual dimensional difference first occurred at the 14nm node and it coincided with the introduction of Solid State Doping (SSD) of the fins at this node.

    We have concluded that ...
    by Published on 04-07-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. Automotive
    Article: At DVCon: Pre-Simulation Verification for RTL Sign-Off includes Automating Power Optimization and DFT-way-up-lyft-uber.jpg

    Lyft's initial public offering was expected to be the biggest tech offering in two years. A public offering is very much like an elevator and everyone getting on the elevator wants to go up. It's worth noting as the doors open on the Lyft IPO elevator, General ...
    by Published on 04-05-2019 05:00 AM
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    Article: Can Japan Regain Semiconductor Leadership?-semi-esda-logo.jpg

    An informal “Fireside Chat” like no other featuring Jim Hogan, managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC., and Paul Cunningham, Cadence’s corporate vice president and general manager of the system verification group, is in the works for Wednesday, April 10.

    by Published on 04-04-2019 10:00 AM
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    2. General
    Technology has turned into a control freak!-gamepad-1532528_1920.jpg

    On March 16, 2019, Google introduced the world to its cloud-based, multi-platform gaming service, Stadia. Described as “a gaming platform for everyone” by Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Game Developers Conference, Stadia would make high-end games accessible ...
    by Published on 04-04-2019 05:00 AM
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    Article: Is debugging a task, or a continuous process?-atom-min.jpeg

    If you have checked out any of my previous blogs on quantum computing (QC), you may think I am not a fan. That isn’t entirely correct. I’m not a fan of hyperbolic extrapolations of the potential, but there are some applications ...
    by Published on 04-02-2019 05:00 AM
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    Article: Intel's x86 - Foundry Breakup Comes into View-gsa-munich-min.jpg

    I plan to attend to the GSA European Forum in Munich (April 15-16), so I first looked at the event description and at the impressive speakers list. In such event, the goal is at 50% to listen, and 50% to network with the speakers and the other attendant. The center of gravity is clearly semiconductor, but the event involved speakers from ...
    by Published on 04-01-2019 05:00 AM
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    2. FPGA,
    3. Xilinx,
    4. Achronix
    Article: TSMC ♥ Cadence-fpga-landscape-update-2019.jpg

    In 2015 Intel acquired Altera for $16.7B changing one of the most heated rivalries (Xilinx vs Altera) the fabless semiconductor ecosystem has ever seen. Prior to the acquisition the FPGA market was fairly evenly split between ...
    by Published on 04-01-2019 05:00 AM
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    Article: Intel's x86 - Foundry Breakup Comes into View-lyft-uber-soylent-green.jpg

    It wasn't enough that Lyft and Uber introduced the world to the concept of taxi and limousine drivers committing suicide, we now have Lyft and Uber drivers committing suicide. In other words, it's not enough that the business models of these companies are suicidal, they are actually visiting suicide ...

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