Formal verification set to play significant role in upcoming recovery Blog 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.
Comment: ARM must beware the 'tied-selling' trap Blog 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.
Toshiba: Speed of market top challenge for mobile ICs Blog 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! Blog 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.
Symbian lacks the newborn cachet in the U.S. market Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Blog 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.
EDA: Aging or dying? Blog 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).
Comment: Inside Apple's A4 processor Blog 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.