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    by Published on 06-04-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    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
    1. Categories:
    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
    1. Categories:
    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
    1. Categories:
    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
    1. Categories:
    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
    1. Categories:
    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 ...
    by Published on 05-07-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: The First 14nm FinFET Wafer Sighting!-steal-ip-silicon-valley.jpg

    In a videoconference hosted by Indian startup media publication Inc42, I gave entrepreneurs some advice that startled them. I said that instead of trying to invent new things, they should copy and steal all the ideas they can from China, Silicon ...
    by Published on 04-22-2018 10:00 AM
    Article: TSMC Apple Rumors Debunked!-digital-media-forgery.jpg

    Technology is reaching a point where it can nearly create fake video and audio content in real-time from handheld devices like smartphones.

    In the near future, you will be able to Facetime someone and have a real-time conversation with more than just bunny ears or some other cartoon overlay. Imagine appearing as a person ...
    by Published on 04-22-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: Online Schematic Capture and SPICE Circuit Simulation-maybe-time-deletewhatsapp.jpg

    WhatsApp differentiates itself from Facebook by touting its privacy and end-to-end encryption. “Some of your most personal moments are shared with WhatsApp", it says, so “your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands”. A WhatsApp founder ...

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