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    by Published on 03-10-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. General
    Why I stopped "writing" RTL-cmp-min.jpg

    On SemiWiki we often talk about bleeding-edge technology like 7nm, 5nm or even 3nm, but for analog IC designs there's a low-cost alternative to getting your ideas validated and prototyped without taking out a multi-million dollar loan, and that's through the use of Multi-Project Wafers (MPW). Starting with a mature ...
    by Published on 03-10-2019 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Why IP Must Be Defended-lyft-ipo-paints-perilous-profitless-picture.jpg

    Lyft’s S1 filing for its IPO is a sobering read, as such documents often are, requiring, as they do, the full disclosure of current financial circumstances and, everyone’s favorite: risk factors. Lyft identifies 18 risk factors (below) which could interfere with the long-term success of the operation. I think there are more. ...
    by Published on 03-05-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events,
    3. CASPA,
    4. Artificial Intelligence,
    5. RISC-V
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    The trend of AI augmentation into many facets of silicon based hardware applications is on the rise. During the CASPA press conference in Santa Clara last week, Silvaco CEO David Dutton and SiFive VP, GM Christopher Moezzi were present to ...
    by Published on 03-03-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Semiconductors Down 2.7% in 2012, May Grow 7.5% in 2013-stemming-mobility-race-bottom.jpg

    Pundits and pontificators are publishing viewpoints on a utopian future of smart cities and optimized transportation options populated with new mobility solutions ranging from automated ride hailing services to sharable bikes and scooters. In this halcyon view, the bikes and scooters and ride-hail ...
    by Published on 03-03-2019 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Semiconductors Down 2.7% in 2012, May Grow 7.5% in 2013-no-cord-cutting-autonomous-cars.jpg

    The automotive industry is a world of contradictions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of connected cars. Car makers remain utterly conflicted over connecting cars 21 years after General Motors got the ball rolling with the introduction of OnStar.

    Even GM had to famously be goaded into connecting its cars by then
    by Published on 02-19-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Semiconductor Manufacturers
    Article: Extending Wintel collaboration to Nokia?-tsmc-wafer-capacity-2018.jpg

    Semiconductors are not only critical to modern life, semiconductors are critical to National Security. Now that leading edge semiconductor foundries have left the United States one of the more pressing challenges is secure semiconductor manufacturing. This applies to all countries of course so let’s take a look at the International wafer capacity landscape: ...
    by Published on 02-15-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Aldec Delivers Leading Verification Methodologies!-car-sharing-prophets-losses.jpg

    Industry analysts are fond of painting terrifying pictures of catastrophic market changes resulting from disruptive technologies or business models. Nowhere is this more evident, of late, than in the automotive industry where everything from artificial intelligence to automated driving is expected to upend current thinking about transportation.

    A recent Bloomberg headline says it ...
    by Published on 02-14-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events
    Article: Apple and Samsung Do It Again-dvcon_us-min.jpg

    Today I had the pleasure to speak with Tom Fitzpatrick, TPC Chair for the DVCon conference and exhibition slated for February 25-28 in the heart of Silicon Valley - San Jose. Tom lives in Massachusetts, a place where I used to live and work at Wang Labs, back in the day before the PC and WordPerfect software ended Wang's fortunes. We swapped stories about the first Personal Computers, and computer languages starting from BASIC all the way up to Python.

    DVCon spans four days, so ...
    by Published on 02-13-2019 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: Apple's Ma Bell Moment-marathon-min.jpeg

    I always enjoy surprising synergies so I was immediately attracted to a Research Highlight in the Communications of the ACM this month, on a game-theoretic method to balance discretionary speed-ups (known as computational sprints) in data centers. If you don’t ...
    by Published on 02-08-2019 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile,
    3. Automotive
    Article: Extending Wintel collaboration to Nokia?-mckinsey-mangles-micromobility.jpg

    Micromobility – characterized by shared bicycles, scooters and other wheeled devices - was all the rage in 2018 and that enthusiasm has carried over into 2019 - if McKinsey is to be believed. McKinsey published a white paper last week touting the glories of micromobility and a potential market of $300B-$500B ...

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