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    by Published on 09-25-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design,
    3. Cadence,
    4. Synopsys
    Synopsys makes EE Times Top 10 Deals list for 2012-edalics-q2-2017.jpg

    It really is an exciting time in semiconductors. The benchmarks on the new Apple A11 SoC and the Nvidia GPU are simply amazing. Even though Moore’s Law is slowing, the resulting chips are improving well above and beyond expectations, absolutely.

    As I have mentioned ...
    by Published on 09-18-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: How Apple Plans to Leverage Intel's Foundry-atoptech-logo.png

    One of the biggest surprises at the TSMC OIP Forum last week was the reappearance of bankrupt EDA vendor ATopTech. I spoke with former ATopTech CEO and now Avatar IS President Jue-Hsien Chern at OIP. As a survivor of several EDA legal battles myself, I understand what ATopTech went through and I am thoroughly ...
    by Published on 09-17-2017 04:00 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: How Apple Plans to Leverage Intel's Foundry-brcair-min.jpg

    I often use this space to report on industry events I have attended and what I have learned at them. So, this article will be a slight, but not complete, departure from this. I am reporting on my experiences at Burning Man this year. For the unacquainted, Burning Man is a temporary city of around 70,000 people in a remote desert-like dry lake bed in Northern Nevada. The Black ...
    by Published on 09-12-2017 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Design
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-calma-s140.gif

    As I travel a lot in the last 15 years and visited customers as well as friends I was many times invited to talk to the Layout teams. The main purpose is always to encourage automation. So I developed a presentation related to market trend, technology trends, and ...
    by Published on 09-12-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. General
    Article: An FPGA Design Flow with Aldec Tools-rna-min.jpg

    Neural nets, neuromorphic computing and other manifestations of artificial intelligence are popular topics these days. You might think of this as art (as in the art of computing) imitating life. What about the other direction ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Mobile
    Article: A Brief History of the Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem-apple-v-qualcomm.jpg

    Having worked with Qualcomm in many different capacities during my career I can tell you there are some amazing people in and around that company. I am always positive when people I know are considering working there and QCOM people who leave ...
    by Published on 09-10-2017 03:15 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor IP,
    3. ARM,
    4. IoT Internet of Things
    Article: SystemC vs C++ for High Level Synthesis-protect-iot-devices.jpg

    #IoT devices are supposed to function properly in the field for many years without human intervention. Given that we know in advance that each #IoT node is going to be hacked in the future, it is essential that some trusted code be isolated from that hack to restore the #IoT application code to a known good state.
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    by Published on 09-10-2017 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: How Apple Plans to Leverage Intel's Foundry-uber-cancer.jpg

    Uber’s marketing and public relations afterburners are running at full blast with a new CEO, new driver rules and promises to make amends and “turn the company around” – whatever that means. If Uber is sincere about making changes it may find itself at war with its own nature.

    Uber is a liar and a thief.
    ...
    by Published on 09-01-2017 11:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Automotive
    Article: Variation-Aware Design: A Hands-on Field Guide-no-war-cars.jpg

    We have gotten to the point with automotive safety where we are happy to hear that ONLY 18,000 people died on the nation’s highways in the first six months of 2017. That’s right. That is good news – 100+ people were killed every day so far this year in, by or as a result of cars.

    ...
    by Published on 09-01-2017 06:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Semiconductor Manufacturers,
    3. TSMC,
    4. Mobile
    entry diversion in semiconductor manufacturing-apple-iphone-8.jpg

    In 2014 Apple released the iPhone 6 which included the first SoC built on a TSMC (20nm) process. This phone started what many call a “Super Cycle” of people upgrading. According to Apple, they now have more than 1 billion activated devices so this super cycle could be seriously super, absolutely.
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