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Six reasons why no one wants an Atom-based SoC
2/26/2010   18 comments
There are plenty of reasons why no one has stepped up yet to use an Intel Atom core in their SoC, but if Intel really wants to be in this business it should take off eventually.
Formal verification set to play significant role in upcoming recovery
2/26/2010   Post a comment
As the recovery takes off, Jasper Design Automation said it is excited by the expanding role formal verification technology will play as IC design sizes continue to grow while market windows shrink. One of the facilitators of this paradigm is IP design and reuse, because now virtually all design starts are SoCs that could never be completed without internal and/or third-party IP.
A Standard individual: New year, new opportunities
2/24/2010   Post a comment
Free software and tools aren't really free, so don't treat them as such.
Comment: ARM must beware the 'tied-selling' trap
2/24/2010   1 comment
The success of ARM Holdings plc with its series of low-power processing cores, and its relatively small-scale success - so far - with its Mali graphics processing cores puts ARM in a potentially dangerous position.
Mobile gadgets: Three's a crowd
2/22/2010   2 comments
One device in your pocket, another in your bag. For most users, there's no room for another.
What made you become an EE? Join the Conversation
2/18/2010   27 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, we ask readers what inspired them to become engineers and what can be done to encourage more young people to join the ranks.
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs
2/17/2010   Post a comment
Under pressure to provide differentiated handset offerings, OEMs nevertheless want to use the same base platform for their mobile phone products, according to Deepak Prakash, director of marketing for multimedia products at Toshiba America Electronic Components' ASSP business unit.
Help — All of my simulations are passing!
2/17/2010   Post a comment
Pause and consider for a moment a world in which passing tests are not an indicator that all is well, but rather a warning flag that not enough functionality is being tested, vital checks that confirm proper operation of the design are missing, or problems in the verification infrastructure are masking test failures and hiding RTL bugs merrily making their way to fabrication.
ISSCC, A4 processor, Micron lead weekly story ranking
2/12/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Point/Counterpoint: Does Symbian matter anymore?
2/12/2010   1 comment
At a time when a host of new operating systems are driving the smartphone market to a new growth level, does Symbian matter anymore?
Symbian's strengths:'installed base,' 'open source' and 'symmetric multi-processors'
2/12/2010   Post a comment
Three reasons why I believe that Symbian will continue to shape the mobile handset OS market are: 'installed base,' 'open source' and 'symmetric multi-processors.'
Symbian lacks the newborn cachet in the U.S. market
2/12/2010   Post a comment
The success of Symbian is intimately tied to Nokia. But Nokia's much needed success in the U.S. market is not necessarily tied to Symbian. Symbian today lacks the newborn cachet that has attached to its competition — Google's Android, Apple's mobile OS and Palm's webOS.
Three reasons Symbian is smart pick for mobile
2/12/2010   1 comment
Because of the moves made to open-source and freely distribute the Symbian code, to unify and not further fragment the platform, and to shepherd the asset base with a not-for-profit entity, every company can participate in the Symbian ecosystem comfortably, to the ultimate benefit of consumers, writes Symbian Foundation director Lee Williams.
Growth in emerging markets will sustain Symbian
2/12/2010   Post a comment
Riding a wave of market expansion in emerging countries, the midrange and entry level smartphone categories will be the fastest-growing sectors of the smartphone market over the next five years. That growth trend stands the Symbian OS in good stead, writes Forward Concepts' Satish Menon.
Broadcom sees feature phones getting smarter
2/11/2010   Post a comment
EE Times caught up with Robert Nalesnik, senior director of marketing with Broadcom's Mobile Platforms group, to ask him questions about trends in wireless handsets as part of a series of interviews with wireless chip vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress.
Comment: Beware Google's gigabit gift
2/11/2010   1 comment
Today Google took another giant leap announcing plans to provide gigabit/second-class Internet access, but I'm getting a bit concerned about how big, broad and fast the Googleplex is expanding.
What did you see @ ISSCC? Join the Conversation
2/11/2010   5 comments
What did you think was surprising or significant at this year's ISSCC? We invite you to chime in whether you were in San Francisco or just browsed stories from the conference online.
EDA: Aging or dying?
2/10/2010   5 comments
It is unreasonable to believe that the current technology revolution in the consumer market will continue while EDA dies. Let's agree to stop predicting the death of this important business and rather debate how it will mature (and grow).
Toyota recalls: Deeper engineering implications
2/9/2010   27 comments
The two recalls do not indicate lack of quality design and manufacture but they point to a bigger issue that engineers may not be able to solve.
Comment: Inside Apple's A4 processor
2/9/2010   3 comments
Apple Inc. has not said very much about its A4 processor. But it could represent a battleground for Imagination's PowerVR graphics versus the Mali graphics from local rival ARM.
Security, smart-grid standards groups get creative
2/8/2010   Post a comment
What motivates the desire to develop consensus standards?
EDA pundits confront market projections for 2010
2/2/2010   Post a comment
Wally Rhines, EDAC chair and CEO of Mentor Graphics Corp., analyst Gary Smith and Joseph Borel, a former STMicro executive, weigh in on the year ahead.
Comment: Will 2010 see SSD technology topping out?
2/2/2010   1 comment
Reliability and performance limitations of NAND flash-based SSDs in demanding enterprise applications will be addressed in 2010 by phase-change memory, according to Ed Doller, CTO of Numonyx.

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