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Top 7 memory news stories for 2012
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12/29/2012   Post a comment
Mergers, maturing technologies, and manufacturing moves.
What were they thinking: changes to design patents
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12/28/2012   14 comments
The US Congress loves to tinker rather than tackle big issues. This year they tinkered with design patent law...
A Christmas in the Sierras
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12/28/2012   1 comment
A handful of peers from Silicon Valley were among the 56 souls with whom I spent the Christmas holiday in an old ski lodge in the snow-crusted Sierras.
Commentary: Electronics outlook seems dreary; in fact it's the opposite
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12/28/2012   1 comment
Innovation-inspired confidence fuels the future, rather than pessimism.
Do you deserve a Christmas bonus?
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12/24/2012   9 comments
Did you slave the year away and not get a bonus? Did you expect one?
Silicon Valley Nation: Five epic road trips
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12/21/2012   1 comment
I spent most of 2012 on the road interviewing engineers. Here are five of the coolest stories.
Samsung and partners create 14nm FinFET test chips
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12/21/2012   Post a comment
Samsung, Cadence, ARM, Synopsys and Mentor all work together to create 14nm FinFET test vehicles that will help to hone the process for production…
What were they thinking: Triskaidekaphobians prepare
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12/21/2012   12 comments
Many people suffer from triskaidekaphobia and so this coming year is going to be very difficult for them, but there is good news…
Asian-Americans dominating tech?
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12/21/2012   32 comments
After some dubious number crunching, the San Jose Mercury News claims Silicon Valley has been taken over by an Asian-American invasion.
Silicon Valley Nation: Processor speed kings crowned
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
Want to know who's got the fastest CPUs and GPUs? Ask gamers. (Hint: AMD and Intel.)
A look back on 2012: Semiconductor
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
What advances were made in semiconductors and chips during 2012? This collection from my survey will fill you in...
Is there a Verilog or VHDL online course?
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12/19/2012   7 comments
Hmmm, this is an interesting question. It all started with that online FPGA course I gave last week…
A look back on 2012 - Verification
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12/19/2012   Post a comment
What advances were made in verification tools and flows during 2012? This collection from my survey will fill you in...
EDA/IP weekly roundup – December 19th
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12/19/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, CEVA, Gartner, M31, MIPS and Mentor made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Oregon courts Azalea project, says report
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12/19/2012   3 comments
Oregon could be seeking to bid against New York as the site for a wafer fab, according The Oregonian newspaper. The publication reports that Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, is working with a company under the codename Azalea.
The 'ponderous chain' that keeps jobs overseas
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12/19/2012   21 comments
Resident Luddite David Benjamin ponders the parallels between the global supply chain and the Dickensian "ponderous chains" that Jacob Marley forged in life.
Silicon Valley Nation: Semiconductor jobs problem
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
The clustering of semiconductor employment in the U.S. suggests larger problems.
A look back on 2012: Design tools and flows
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
What advances were made in design tools and flows during 2012? This collection from my survey will fill you in...
Apple, Nvidia may stack graphics for Macs, iPads
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12/18/2012   7 comments
Rumor is Apple is working with Nvidia on some chip stacks that could power novel iMacs, Macbooks and even iPads starting late next year.
Top 10 videos of 2012
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12/18/2012   3 comments
Join us for a look at the 10 videos that rocked our engineering world here at EE Times this year.
400-Gbit Ethernet effort kicks off in March
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12/18/2012   3 comments
I just made a request for an official Call For Interest on 400-Gigabit Ethernet at the IEEE 802 Plenary in March in Orlando, so come on down and make a vacation out of it.
Silicon Valley Nation: Innovation requires tight design chain
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
Once voices in the wilderness, industry calls to bring manufacturing back home are gaining credence--and decibels.
Yoshida in China: Demystifying Apple’s iPhone 5 launch
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12/17/2012   13 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook said iPhone 5 sales in the first three days were "the best first weekend sales ever in China." Let's analyze the numbers.
Dublin Calling: Intel Labs drives Digital Europe
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12/17/2012   Post a comment
Intel's network of research labs in Europe now embraces more than 4,000 R&D professionals and has more than quadrupled in size since its formation in January 2009. The question that remains is: where is the return on investment for Intel and the benefit for Europe?
Lithography experts remain skeptical about EUV
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12/17/2012   Post a comment
Immersion lithography resurrects an age-old microscopy method to extend 193-nanomerter light down to the 7-to-8 nanometer circa 2024.
Silicon Valley Nation: Intersil's Bell resigns, what's next?
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12/14/2012   16 comments
How much blame should a CEO take, and how much should the company board?
iPad stuffer - this is not an app - app
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12/14/2012   Post a comment
Looking for a stocking stuffer. Well, if you looking for a rather unusual gift, this may be it – if you know somewhat creative and a little bit silly…
What were they thinking: Christmas patents
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12/14/2012   12 comments
So, it is that time of year when many people have Christmas on their mind and to go with it there are many crazy people who think they have the new, best thing that everyone will want – not!
Hobbit pub? Now that’s snug!
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12/14/2012   2 comments
A pub in New Zealand is cashing in on some of the Hobbit hype, with a new watering hole....for tourists.
Plugging the engineering gap
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12/13/2012   6 comments
There's a delicate balancing act between making use of the engineering talent you have and filling the gaps.
The potential impact of an Apple TV
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12/13/2012   9 comments
As more rumors of an Apple TV emerge, Jim McGregor looks at the impact such a device might have on the home entertainment industry.
Meeting Zuckerberg and Mr. EUV
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12/13/2012   3 comments
I learned a little something in brief encounters this week with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and the man I think of as Mr. EUV—two very unique men in black.
Book review: Variation-Aware Design of Custom Integrated Circuits
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12/13/2012   Post a comment
This book looks at the subject of variations in a chip’s operating conditions and random variations across the chip. Finding out if the chip will provide sufficient yield is paramount to business success…
Yoshida in China: Will MediaTek’s good luck hold in 2013?
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12/13/2012   4 comments
While most mobile chip vendors saw their customer base shrink in 2012, MediaTek is talking about a ten-fold increase in its smartphone chip shipments.
A look back on 2012: Accellera
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12/13/2012   Post a comment
Standards drive our industry and this past year was a big one for standards and Accellera in particular. Hear what they have to say about 2012…
London Calling: Could gate-switched FDSOI win?
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12/12/2012   5 comments
Simulations from a Scottish EDA company show that fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator process technology is the way to go at 20-nm, but better put the metal-gate in last not first.
Device manufacturers' 'Holy Trinity'
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12/12/2012   2 comments
The future of manufacturing in general and device manufacturing in particular hinges on producers becoming solution providers.
A look back on 2012: Business successes
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12/12/2012   Post a comment
Was 2012 a good year for EDA companies? Many of the respondents of my survey had a lot to tell me about how good business was for them…
ProDesign is back
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12/12/2012   Post a comment
There are times when the EDA industry seems like the game of Whack-a-Mole. A company gets bought, the founders leave and start another company...
EDA/IP weekly roundup – December 12th
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12/12/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Altera, ARM, Imec, Mentor, MIPS, Newark element14, Oasys, Real Intent, Research and Markets and Synopsys made the lineup today. See here for their news…
London Calling: Whither ST?
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12/12/2012   6 comments
STMicroelectronics' plan to exit from its joint venture with Ericsson makes sense, but its 2013 timetable suggests selling ST-Ericsson will not be easy.
Crowdsourcing Breast Cancer Research
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12/11/2012   5 comments
We need to redefine the problem so nerds outside of the medical industry can contribute; let's go outside the (medical) box for solutions and tools.
Silicon Valley Nation: 30-year battery life? Really?
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12/11/2012   12 comments
Better circuit design begets more features and functionality, which suggests we'll never improve battery life.
Verification is the Key Entrepreneurial Opportunity
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12/11/2012   Post a comment
The evolution of chips to big SoCs has made verification the most critical and time-consuming aspect of the development cycle. In many ways, it's larger and more complex than hardware design.
John McCollum: HS teacher taught electronics with love
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12/11/2012   11 comments
Homestead High – alma mater of Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak -- offered a course that sparked the creativity of Cupertino’s kids: John McCollum’s electronics class.
Yoshida in NY: Can ST-Ericsson shrink to survive?
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12/11/2012   9 comments
How many employees does it take to run a mobile chip company these days?
Pacemaker was born of a blackout
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12/10/2012   5 comments
The event that launched the medical electronics era was, ironically, an electrical blackout, in Minnesota's Twin Cities on the night of Oct. 31, 1957.
Telecom's messiest wiring?
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12/10/2012   9 comments
It's hard to make wiring look tidy, but it's also fairly difficult to make it look quite this complicated!
STEM, manufacturing and closing the 'skills gap'
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12/10/2012   7 comments
Closing the so-called "skills gap" requires U.S. high schools to produce graduates capable of operating the machines that make manufacturing more efficient.
IEDM goes deep on 3-D circuits
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12/10/2012   5 comments
The development and implementation of 3-D circuit technology will again be thoroughly explored at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting.
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