Seven growth opportunities for the chip industry during market upturn Blog 1/12/2011 Post a comment Many semiconductor companies continue to struggle with a wide range of issues including excessively narrow focus on engineering chips rather than deeply understanding end markets now and going forward, inefficient global operations, and insufficient innovation. To overcome these hurdles, capitalize on the market upturn and build momentum and growth, what should industry leaders do now?
Book Review: At Home by Bill Bryson Engineer’s Bookshelf 1/11/2011 12 comments During the recent holiday I read Bill Bryson’s latest tome – At Home – and, as usual, he far exceeded my expectations. As Bill says: “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”
FPGA Technology at the pointy end of the spear Blog 1/11/2011 14 comments To feed the need for speed by telecommunications applications, the signal integrity performance of the interconnects has had to constantly improve. But there is a sea change occurring in the FPGA world that is changing this trend.
NXP wants to give you money Blog 1/10/2011 15 comments Today, the company has kicked off its contest and is looking for RF engineers and students to submit creative application ideas for RF power devices.
Three puzzles to ponder Blog 1/10/2011 39 comments I’ve been thinking of a few puzzles that I’d like to share. Let’s start with a bit of an “old chestnut” just to get our brains oiled up and ready for action…
The ESL dilemma Blog 1/10/2011 1 comment When ESL first started to emerge I knew it would apply here as well, but was unsure about the outcome. Would Mentor, Synopsys, and Cadence fall into insignificance?
From the Edge: Access literary treasures Blog 1/10/2011 Post a comment I love books - the escape into other worlds, delving into minute details on a myriad of subjects and even the smell of ink and binding glue… I can't help be impressed by the British Library's news of a Smartphone app that allows access to world literary treasures via mobile devices and iPad.
Memory in 2011 Blog 1/10/2011 1 comment What will be the influence of the tablet PC market on memory? How will memory technology need to evolve to support a growing and changing market? Will the gulf between the needs for consumer/portable (tablet) PCs and servers get even wider?
This is aaahhh, different... Blog 1/7/2011 7 comments Sometimes when I think the world can’t get any stranger... it does. I just hears that Sega have started installing ‘Toylet’ games in mens’ urinals in Japan.
EE vs. MD Blog 1/6/2011 5 comments I read a surprising blog recently, elsewhere on the Internet, in which the writer contended that you are better off becoming an engineer than a physician, because (supposedly) the hours are shorter, the school debt is lower.
It’s unanimous: Debug biggest verification problem Blog 1/6/2011 3 comments Sean Safarpour, CTO of Vennsa Technologies, moderated a panel on debug at last month's MTV 2010 workshop. The first question posed was: “Is debug the biggest problem in verification today?” Anticipating controversy, the audience braced itself for a back-and-forth debate from the panelist, only to find that the ruling of the panel was unanimous. Debug is the largest time and resource drain in the verification process today.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments