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Innovation requires less talk, more action
10/31/2012   10 comments
An initiative will seek to launch 10,000 startups. Most will fail, but failure teaches us far more than PowerPoint presentations.
Yoshida in China: Huawei MIA in Windows Phone 8
10/31/2012   7 comments
What’s behind Huawei’s no-show at the Windows Phone 8 announcement, and Microsoft’s waning appetite for the Japanese market?
ARM unveils new v8 processor cores
10/31/2012   Post a comment
New cores build on the architecture enhancements of the A15/A7 with the same pipeline structures.
Engineering horror at Disney
10/31/2012   4 comments
When roller coasters go wrong...very, very wrong.
Silicon Valley Nation: Semiconductor industry's Windows 8 problem
10/30/2012   7 comments
ICs enable almost everything and get almost no respect.
London Calling: LED genies and the Internet of Things
10/30/2012   1 comment
The Philips' Web-addressable LED light bulb could be the start of a wave of Internet of Things devices. Are we ready?
Huawei is not a newbie to ASICs
10/30/2012   3 comments
Contradictory to a recent EE Times blog, Chinese telecom equipment vendor has been using ASICs for years.
Oski sponsors hardware model checking award
10/30/2012   Post a comment
A few days ago I received a press release from Oski Technology related to its sponsorship of the annual Hardware Model Checking Competition (HWMCC). After the challenge that they performed at DAC last year...
The x86 is dead. Long live the x86
10/30/2012   20 comments
AMD helped mark a milestone for a new era in which the venerable x86 and even microprocessor architecture no longer reign supreme.
AMD announces ARM server processors
10/29/2012   2 comments
AMD took a much anticipated step today in announcing the development of chips based on ARM’s forthcoming 64-bit v8 architecture for server applications.
Silicon Valley Nation: Engineering fights death on race tracks
10/29/2012   Post a comment
Dan Wheldon's fatal 2011 IndyCar crash shows just how fine engineering tolerances can be.
Two burning questions for ARM this week
10/29/2012   3 comments
Here's hoping ARM TechCon will offer details about ARM’s first 64-bit design and some data about the advantages of its big/little concept.
My favorite (Internet) waste of time
10/29/2012   2 comments
We’ve all got those sites that we can’t help checking even when we should be working. Here are a few of my favorites—what are yours?
London Calling: ARM riding shotgun for AMD?
10/28/2012   3 comments
ARM CEO Warren East should be flying in for appointments in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, but will he also be the "special guest" at an AMD event?
Yoshida in China: NXP deals with 'freeze mode’
10/28/2012   Post a comment
China's manufacturing index rose in October, hinting that a manufacturing downturn has bottomed out. Still, companies like NXP are still looking for signs of a rebound.
What were they thinking: Scientists responsible for their work
10/26/2012   9 comments
When a bridge fails – who is responsible? The designer, the people who constructed it, shoddy materials that are out of spec...
$100 Supercomputer – so close I can taste it!
10/26/2012   7 comments
The Parallella Supercomputer project on Kickstarter is almost funded, but we need one more "big push"!
ARM TechCon session aims to make USB easy
10/26/2012   5 comments
If your embedded system development plans call for a USB interface, going to ARM TechCon can give your development project a boost.
China innovation drive defies conventional wisdom
10/26/2012   9 comments
The views of a leading scholar on the nature of Chinese innovation runs counter to the conventional wisdom in the West about what makes the Middle Kingdom tick.
What's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable
10/25/2012   1 comment
In today's complicated testing environments, where we find ourselves managing thousands of local or networked resources that are often shared between multiple users, this is often the easiest way to make sure no one else accesses a critical element in our test setup while we are running a test.
Silicon Valley Nation: The 64-bit question on ARM, AMD
10/25/2012   Post a comment
Any significant push into servers almost demands a tighter partnership between the two processor companies.
NEMS eyed for CMOS power gating
10/25/2012   Post a comment
The steady rise in leakage power over the last decade has made low-power design an exceedingly difficult problem mainly because attempts to control leakage power tend to negatively impact performance and switching energy...
Engineering in crisis? The reasons why
10/25/2012   22 comments
Readers react to the notion that there are a lot of unfilled engineering jobs in the U.S.
Pick your DESIGN West keynote speaker
10/25/2012   5 comments
Who would you like to hear speak at DESIGN West? Click through and vote in our survey.
Yoshida in China: Which candidate can save U.S. jobs?
10/25/2012   22 comments
The presidential candidates talk tough on China trade policy. How will they translate their rhetoric into concrete policies that will help the U.S. compete and create jobs.
The iPad Mini and Apple's design strategy
10/25/2012   1 comment
Apple's introduction of the iPad Mini provides new clues about where it is headed in terms of processor technology and memory as well external and internal design.
ARM, Mali and making it real
10/25/2012   2 comments
At next week's ARM TechCon, I’ll discuss OpenCL and how it is enabled on ARM-based systems along with a discussion of GPU computing and various use cases.
Apple may trip at faster iPad pace
10/24/2012   2 comments
I think Apple’s experiment with six-month product cycles for the iPad will be short lived and will not extend to its iPhone franchise.
Silicon Valley Nation: STEM, engineering and innovation
10/24/2012   9 comments
Engineering teachers should get more credit for their resourcefulness and creativity, especially from education bureaucrats.
Understanding standard essential patents
10/24/2012   Post a comment
Do you know what standard essential-patents are and how they are meant to be used? It seems as if some companies are no longer playing fair…
Apple may falter with faster iPad pace
10/24/2012   11 comments
Apple’s experiment with six-month product cycles for the iPad will be short lived and will not extend to its iPhone franchise.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – October 24th
10/24/2012   Post a comment
Breker, Cadence, IAR, Mentor, Moortec, Renasas, Sonics, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, Tanner, UMC, Uniquify and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Engineering talent deficit: Are you the problem or solution?
10/24/2012   26 comments
U.S. colleges are simply not spitting out enough computer scientists and electrical engineers to meet the sheer demand
Kathryn Kranen of Jasper talking about the EDA business
10/23/2012   1 comment
Jasper Design Automation CEO Kathryn Kranen opines on what it takes to build and grow a company.
Yoshida in Japan: Tokyo scuttling tech bailouts
10/22/2012   8 comments
Japan's insular ministries have moved in recent weeks to block several efforts by private equity firms and U.S. companies to acquire ailing Japanese tech counterparts.
Engineers highlight gaps in Web usage
10/22/2012   1 comment
Two engineers helped shine a light on a sometimes wide gap between what the Web does for engineers today and what some hope it could do in the future.
Mobile DRAMs show staying power
10/22/2012   Post a comment
DRAM prices might be falling for commodity modules, but mobile DRAM remains a bright spot in the market.
Google's stock price drop blamed on computer glitch
10/22/2012   Post a comment
Some are blaming a computer glitch that caused Google's earnings to come out early for the steep drop in the company's stock price.
London Calling: Is NFC the next Bluetooth?
10/22/2012   7 comments
NXP is enjoying great success getting its NFC chips designed into smartphones. But what are those NFC chips being used for?
Change drivers in high-tech supply chain
10/19/2012   Post a comment
Survey finds optimism around the 2014 U.S. export goal projected in the National Export Initiative.
RIP Stanford R. Ovshinsky
10/19/2012   5 comments
We have lost a truly great inventor who had an impact on many of the things we take for granted in our daily lives and yet his name was never well known…
Silicon Valley Nation: AMD future bids farewell to PC
10/19/2012   8 comments
Troubled microprocessor firm banks on embedded and heterogeneous computing shift as it sees PC market fade.
What were they thinking: long distance irrigation
10/19/2012   7 comments
We have an Arthur Paul Pedrick to thank for an invention that could save the world from famine. He describes an arrangement for conveying unsalted water to a region of the Earth…
Silicon Valley Nation: Not hip enough to be Square?
10/18/2012   Post a comment
Electronics once dictated applications. Now, dizzying creativity in applications is demanding more of electronics. How do we keep up?
Yoshida in China: Time for Japan to exit TV market
10/18/2012   18 comments
Slumping sales of Japanese-made TVs in the vital Chinese market underscore why Japan should get the hell out of the TV business.
Collaborative Advantage: Silicon photonics is hot -- at Si2
10/18/2012   5 comments
The benefits are huge – three orders of magnitude improved communications bandwidth, lower power consumption, EM / noise immunity, just to name a few...
Silicon Valley Nation: Talent gap
10/17/2012   8 comments
If you think finding good digital designers is tricky, try finding analog engineers.
How to get a meeting with a VC
10/17/2012   3 comments
A tongue-in-cheek look at the realities of venture capital funding.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – October 17th
10/17/2012   Post a comment
ATopTech, Kilopass, ARM, Cypress, element14, Arteris, Sonics, Sidense, CEVA, Phil Kaufman, TSMC, Mentor, Cadence, Synopsys, Springsoft, MunEDA, Analog Bits and Berkeley made the lineup today. See here for their news…
3D ICs can no longer be considered an emerging technology
10/16/2012   1 comment
I will be the first to say that there is still a lot of room for improvements with 3D ICs and the levels of automation that go into their design, but this week it has become clear ...
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