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Commentary:Why it’s wrong for Intel and AMD to abandon WSTS
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2/29/2012   1 comment
Intel deserves censure for its wrongheaded, short-sighted and arrogant desertion of WSTS – for two reasons: “disclosure” and “bargaining power.”
Hoping Intel, AMD will reconsider exiting WSTS
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2/29/2012   2 comments
Hoping Intel, AMD and the WSTS can work something out in order to keep the integrity of the WSTS data and comparisons with historical trends intact.
Why it’s wrong for Intel, AMD to abandon WSTS
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2/29/2012   12 comments
Intel deserves censure for its wrongheaded, short-sighted and arrogant desertion of WSTS – for two reasons: “disclosure” and “bargaining power.”
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 29th
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2/29/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Accellera, ARM, Brite Semiconductor, SpringSoft, Synopsys and Posedge made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Cadence book preview: Advanced Verification Topics
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
Book preview: The acceleratable Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) packages allow portions of a standard UVM environment to be accelerated using a hardware accelerator...
The Battle of the Bands
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2/27/2012   7 comments
One thing the framers of regional frequency allocations did not anticipate was the evolution of global mobility.
Synopsys introduces new VIP architecture
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2/27/2012   4 comments
VIP architectures have evolved over time and this has led to inefficiencies. Synopsys goes back to the drawing board and “all SystemVerilog” VIP emerges...
Ericsson plays standards cards to LTE win
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2/25/2012   3 comments
Ericsson played the standards game for a winning hand in LTE, according to ABI Research, but they are neither first nor last to play that game.
The SoC is no longer just for embedded systems
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2/23/2012   13 comments
Barriers are meant to be broken down and new applications will be found where perhaps none existed before. NComputing provides an example…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Feb 23rd
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2/23/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Should smartphone OEMs design their own chips?
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2/23/2012   7 comments
It’s amazing how often the argument for OEMs to design chips raises its ugly head in the electronics industry. You would think that at almost 40 years old, the semiconductor market would be mature enough to put this argument to rest, but the rapid pace of consumer device innovation manages to create micro-ecosystem lifecycles within the industry as a whole.
R&D tax credit: Big benefits, but little used by industry
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2/22/2012   4 comments
The biggest problem of the R&D Tax Credit is threefold: 1) Electronics companies vastly underutilize the credit; 2) the credit should be made more generous; and, 3) it should be modified to allow more small and medium businesses.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 22nd
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, Premier Farnell, Real Intent, Verific, Blue Pearl, Elliptic, Cyclos and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The 8051 is over 30 years old and still going strong
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2/21/2012   2 comments
In 1980, Intel introduced the 8051 microcontroller. Who would have believed that 32 years later there would still be news to report about it…
The industry needs a renewed approach to verification IP
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2/21/2012   9 comments
Every VIP brings unique challenges to integration with the SoC environment, such as synchronizing SystemVerilog test sequences with SystemC/C/C++ code…
Why I don’t buy Eyal’s 40G story
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2/21/2012   4 comments
The chief executive of Mellanox is pushing server makers to adopt this year his 40 Gbit/s Ethernet controller, but I see him facing a steep hill and a big new competitor.
Assessing scope accuracy
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2/20/2012   2 comments
How confident are you in your scope's accuracy in measuring the signal?
Industry considers counterfeit risk analysis tool
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2/17/2012   11 comments
Obsolescence, market shortages and price hikes are the key motivational factors for counterfeiters to target a part and make a quick buck, according to data compiled by electronic components database firm SiliconExpert Technologies.
Viewpoint: How will the chip wars be won? -- Part 2
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2/16/2012   5 comments
The slowdown in the pace of Moore’s Law, the emerging importance of the SoC and the rapid growth of the mobile market all tend to favor an open, plug-and-play foundry and design ecosystem.
Viewpoint: An Evolution in Design for Test
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2/16/2012   1 comment
Designers relate to Design for Test (DFT) in much the way that small children relate to scary programs on TV: if they cover their eyes with their hands, perhaps it will go away…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 15th
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2/15/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, Magma, MunEDA, Gradspring, Analog Devices, Austriamicrosystems Synopsys and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Study finds that software getting more important
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2/14/2012   7 comments
It should come as no surprise that software content is increasing, but it sounds as if this study may have some interesting data points…
ebuilding America: Follow the data
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2/14/2012   3 comments
Laura D’Andrea Tyson should be listened to. Tyson is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton. She supports President Obama’s manufacturing initiatives.
Rebuilding America: Would Kurzarbeit work here?
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2/14/2012   50 comments
The German system of "Kurzarbeit" (shorter work week) along with a demanding vocational training program have sustained its manufacturing base and much of its economy amid a growing European debt crisis. Would such an approach work in America?
Expect aftershocks from Synopsys' Magma acquisition
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2/14/2012   3 comments
Synopsys' surprise acquisition of Magma Design Automation absolutely requires a response from the rest of the EDA market.
SoCs: Unsung heroes of the smartphone revolution
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2/10/2012   10 comments
The smartphone revolution enabled by the convergence of voice, data and video in a single mobile device wouldn't have been possible without the SoC, the author argues.
Two-faced Facebook takes 'social' out of social networks
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2/10/2012   46 comments
Facebook, having neglected to acknowledge your fake account report in the first place, goes into your actual Facebook page and deletes the warning message that you posted to alert your friends that you’ve been hacked.
Could Costa Rica make a dent in India’s high-tech business?
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2/8/2012   3 comments
During a recent trip I was amazed at how a country that is so small is growing rapidly as a serious technology center--possibly supplanting others in the process.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 8th
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2/8/2012   Post a comment
Element14, Verific, Coventor, Silicon Frontline, Cadence, Breker and Elliptic made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Brief history of scopes
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2/8/2012   1 comment
I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope.
Japan Inc. faces choppy seas
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2/7/2012   22 comments
The blueprint for proposed merger/joint venture plan has fingerprints of Japan’s bureaucrats at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MEITI) all over it. Practically speaking, such business engineering makes little sense.
FujiPanaRene: clinging to the wreckage
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2/7/2012   14 comments
The latest plan from Japan Inc., to merge the semiconductor interests of three companies, has signs of a top-down driven reactive disaster waiting to happen, according to Peter Clarke.
Apache wins award for power
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Power is a big issue these days, and not only did Apache win an award for it, they also contributed to a great Webinar that you must watch…
Viewpoint: How will the chip wars be won? -- Part 1
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2/7/2012   8 comments
For decades, silicon technology development has been shaped by the growth of the PC industry and the need to continuously increase the performance of digital transistors. A maturing PC industry and a rapidly growing mobile market are changing the dynamics.
Opinion: The SoC verification market
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
Breker Verification Systems is attempting to define a new market and they think they have a solution to the problem…
Interesting Idea: Stochastic Behavioral Modeling of Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits
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2/7/2012   1 comment
Process variation has become an increasingly challenging issue for both integrate circuit design and manufacturing, which results from the uncertainties from chemical mechanical polishing...
The end users speak
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2/7/2012   Post a comment
End users will sound off at the Ethernet Alliance's next Technology Exploration Forum in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 16.
A cloudy future for AMD
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2/6/2012   1 comment
On the heels of the company’s financial conference, there is a buzz in the air about AMD and its new management team headed by Rory Read. From the presentation material to the press reports, it would seem that AMD made all the right moves and said all the right things.
Using gestures in low power, handheld devices to enhance 2-D touch displays to the third dimension
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2/6/2012   2 comments
With CES 2012 having been declared by the organizers "the year of the interface," gesture recognition and gesture control have been on full display from a number of vendors at the world’s largest consumer electronics show last month.
Thanks for the memories!
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2/6/2012   1 comment
About a year and a half ago, I invited you to join me on the Memory Designline, a site/publication unlike any other, that was designed for people working with, designing, and selecting memory products
Book review: CHIPS 2020
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2/6/2012   4 comments
Peter Clarke reviews Chips 2020: A Guide to the Future of Nanoelectronics, which sets out to discuss the need for and means of a transition from nanometer electronics to femtojoule electronics.
Steve Appleton in retrospect
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2/3/2012   25 comments
A retrospective on the career of Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of memory chip vendor Micron Technology, who died Friday in a plane crash.
What were they thinking: patent trolling patent
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2/3/2012   6 comments
It is amazing what is covered in some patents and this one is just totally mind boggling…
Signal Integrity Reference Kit
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2/2/2012   Post a comment
The folks over at Tektronix have created a reference kits about signal integrity containing a primer and webinar…
Viewpoint: 'The R&D credit doesn't work'
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2/2/2012   60 comments
The R&D tax credit does not increase U.S. R&D expenditures, and the $10 billion we spend each year on the credit is mostly a financial transfer from the government to large multinational corporations with no benefit to U.S. taxpayers.
Time to play hard ball on tech manufacturing
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2/1/2012   152 comments
It's time for policy makers to play hard ball with multinational corporations that outsource manufacturing, design and R&D jobs. If they don't, manufacturing will cease to be the engine of U.S. economic growth.
How to solve $16.7 billion product returns problem
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2/1/2012   28 comments
The United States consumer electronics industry is battling a behemoth, escalating and unsustainable problem: product returns.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Feb 1st
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2/1/2012   Post a comment
Elliptic, Altium, Tessera, Orora, Space Codesign and Ceva made the lineup today. See here for their news…


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