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    by Published on 07-29-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events
    Which way the semiconductor industry is going?-20180624_144026-min.jpg

    Another year, another DAC, and last month it was #55DAC in SFO and the first thing that I noticed was that the event was no longer located in the traditional North or South Halls, rather we were in the smaller, Moscone West on two floors, almost like a 3D FinFET. Checkin to get my badge was highly automated and oh so fast, well done.
    by Published on 07-24-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: Mobile SoCs: Two Cores are Better Than Four?-iot-image-min.jpeg

    There is some interesting work reported this month in the Communications of the ACM, on novel sensing, multi-purpose uses for existing sensors and new ideas in agricultural IoT. The article opens on a method called Hitch-hike to use back-scatter methods for communication; ...
    by Published on 07-12-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Artificial Intelligence
    Article: Cadence, Synopsys, and Mentor on FinFETs-deep-learning-jul-2018-min.jpeg

    Deep learning (DL) has become the oracle of our age – the universal technology we turn to for answers to almost any hard problem. This is not surprising; its strength in image and speech recognition, language processing and multiple other domains amaze and shock us, to the point that we’re now debating AI singularities. ...
    by Published on 07-04-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC
    Article: Buying DDRn Controller IP AND Memory Model to the same IP vendor gives real TTM advantage-morris-chang-me.jpg

    Legend has it that in 1984, Morris Chang was approached by a friend who was looking for money to buy equipment for manufacturing his electronic chip designs. Morris told him to do more homework. When his friend did not return, Morris reached out to him. His friend, it turned out, did not need ...
    by Published on 07-04-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events
    Article: Cadence, Synopsys, and Mentor on FinFETs-moscone-center-west.jpg

    Driving into DAC on Sunday afternoon was a chore since Gay Pride week was finishing with the Gay Pride Parade. Streets were closed, traffic was crazy, and people were roller skating naked which seems wrong on so many levels. This year the opening ceremonies were in the convention center hallway which ...
    by Published on 07-03-2018 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. ARM,
    4. Events,
    5. RISC-V
    Article: Is the RTL Design Flow Broken?-caption1.jpg

    The venue
    Despite of being held at the new three-story Moscone West building, this year 55th DAC in San Francisco bore many similarities as compared with last year’s. Similar booth decors and floorplan positioning of the big two, Synopsys and Cadence, which were across of each other and right next to the first ...
    by Published on 07-02-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Events
    Article: Fixing Double-patterning Errors at 20nm-daniel-shushana-las-vegas-2014.jpg

    This was my 35th DAC and it did not disappoint, especially when it came to the DAC Drama Department. This year DAC proved once again that it is THE place for semiconductor professionals and academics to learn and network. The big news is that Synopsys did not reserve a booth for 56DAC in Las Vegas ...
    by Published on 07-01-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: Battling SoCs: QCOM vs NVDA vs Samsung-trump-greatest-gift-twitter-could-have-asked-.jpg

    In the 1930s, psychologist B.F. Skinner put rats in boxes and taught them to push levers to receive a food pellet. The pushed the levers only when hungry, though. To get the rats to press the lever repeatedly, even when they did not need food, he gave them a pellet only ...
    by Published on 06-20-2018 02:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Events
    CES 2013 Trip Reports (Win an iPad Mini!)-hot-2018-banner-ad-400x400.jpg

    The Design Automation Conference (DAC), now in its 55th year, always offers a lively mix of activities. For EDA vendors and their customers, the focus is on the exhibit floor and in booth suites where the latest technology is on display. For R&D ...
    by Published on 06-17-2018 05:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Most of the re-spins are due to Functional defects?-our-autonomous-moonshot.jpg

    Keynoting the TU-Automotive event in Novi, Mich., last week on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy I took the occasion to note the lofty visions to which Robert and his brother, President John F. Kennedy, aspired. We face our ...

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