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Book Excerpt: FPGA-based Prototyping Methodology Manual Part 2
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3/30/2012   Post a comment
This book collects the best practices FPGA-based Prototyping of SoC and ASIC devices into one place for the first time...
The next killer app: Machines that see
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3/30/2012   12 comments
processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
First impressions of Xi3’s 'microserver in a box' populating a data center container
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3/29/2012   5 comments
In the AMD booth on the DESIGN West exhibit floor, Xi3 unveiled its plans to enter the data center market with its microservers.
ESL is alive and well – Synopsys explains
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3/28/2012   3 comments
ESL is a convergence point between hardware and software, tool and IP. The Synopsys audio subsystem shows in several ways that ESL is very much alive and well…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 28th
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Synopsys, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Element14, MunEDA, Avery, Cypress, Mentor, S2C, Cosmic Circuits and Analog Bits made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Delving deep into Micron and Intel’s 20-nm 64-Gbit MLC NAND flash memory
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3/26/2012   3 comments
UBM TechInsights recently analyzed IMFT's 20-nm, 64-Gbit MLC NAND to get a better understanding of the advanced process technologies and innovative cell architecture.
Opinion: ST riding high on the MEMS tide
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3/26/2012   2 comments
When it comes to MEMS, STMicroelectronics has still got its mojo.
Intel outside
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3/24/2012   23 comments
Why can’t the world’s biggest IC company get any market share in the cellular space?
Surprise! Altera and TSMC develop heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
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3/22/2012   1 comment
The folks from Altera and TSMC have just announced their joint development of what they describe as a heterogeneous 3D IC test vehicle
Why systems need to get smarter
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3/22/2012   7 comments
According to market researcher IDC, the amount of digital data that will exist in 2020 will be 50 times greater than current levels. Are we ready for all that data? Better yet, are our systems equipped to manage it?
Bio-trek
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3/22/2012   1 comment
There are many tools available or being developed today that are reminiscent of the tricorder medical apparatus on Star Trek.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 21st
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3/21/2012   Post a comment
X-Fab, Synopsys, Applied Materials, Kilopass, Ploughshare and Cadence made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Polaris Designs enters the FPGA prototyping market
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3/20/2012   1 comment
A new startup has acquired some FPGA prototyping assets and hopes to make an impact by doing things a little differently…
Feature dimension reduction slowdown
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3/20/2012   7 comments
The semiconductor industry is facing the challenge that the two-year feature dimension cycle is over, and we are going into a highly unclear phase.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – March 15th
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here
Tales from the entrepreneurial trenches: Dermott Lynch
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
This is the first in a new series of articles that talk about the lessons learned by entrepreneurs in the course of their success and failure…
Why ST should sell ST-Ericsson to China
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3/15/2012   17 comments
STMicroelectronics should persuade Ericsson that they sell off their mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson, but probably to some aspiring Chinese company. That is likely to produce the quickest and most profitable – or least loss-making – exit for the two parent companies from what has become a failed project.
Video: Hands-on, differentiated devices at MWC
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3/15/2012   8 comments
While Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona recently was flooded with new devices, some vendors are breaking the mold with products differentiated from the rest of the competition. We decided to highlight three devices we found interesting at the show, not necessarily because they were the best and brightest, but because either through their design, hardware or software, they stood out in some way that made them different.
TI talks disruptive innovation
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3/15/2012   7 comments
Speaking at the launch of Texas Instruments’ new Silicon Valley labs on Tuesday (March 13), TI executives rallied to deliver one clear message: that true innovation, at its core, would always be a disruptive force, and that TI was committed to playing a big part in both creating and harnessing that destruction.
Viewpoint: Towards a lean and mean SystemVerilog
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3/14/2012   7 comments
While neither the number of pages of the SystemVerilog standard nor the number of keywords it needs suggests anything about its efficiency, as an empirical measure, together they may…
TI Silicon Valley Labs - The ultimate in collaboration
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3/14/2012   1 comment
Focusing on disruptive innovation, top university involvement in solving relevant problems, and customer validation of the projects at hand, TI hopes to gain a shorter cycle to product development.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 14th
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3/14/2012   Post a comment
Duolog, Mentor, ClioSoft, Carbon, Arteris, EdXact, Methodics, ARM, Freescale, Fujitsu, Vivante made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The IEEE Code of Ethics
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3/14/2012   10 comments
It's worth taking a closer look at the IEEE's Code of Ethics, because of its position as the supposedly most professionally relevant guide to behavior in electronics engineering.
Inside AMD's Radeon HD 7970 processor
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3/14/2012   2 comments
ATI launched the Radeon product back in 2000, and, since then, Radeon has become ADI's flagship product and a direct competitor to Nvidia's GeForce.
Enter to win a USB card loaded with 32-bit MCU software tools and more!
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3/13/2012   Post a comment
I have to say that I really rather like the announcements from the folks at Silicon Labs, who manage to present their message in a “Bang – Bang – Bang” format...
Cadence book preview: Advanced Verification Topics Part 3
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3/13/2012   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 best laid plans of mice and men
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3/12/2012   9 comments
The wholly unrealistic IC development schedule nobody dares openly question is often much worse than I described in my last blog posting.
Updated outlook for backhaul, m-wave, routers
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3/12/2012   Post a comment
The Dell'Oro Group provides an updated forecast for the mobile backhaul, optical transport, microwave transmission and service provider edge router markets.
China unknowns may be next smartphone stars
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3/12/2012   13 comments
Mediatek president Ching-Jiang Hsieh has been forging tight links with China’s handset makers, believing they will be the source of the next big wave of smartphones.
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – March 8th
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3/8/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Elpida, the mega-merger, and what comes next
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3/7/2012   3 comments
How would the rumored mega-merger of Japanese chip firms affect the electronics industry at large?
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Mar 7th
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3/7/2012   2 comments
Analog Devices, Mentor, Synopsys, Arteris, Cadence, Atrenta, TSMC, Globalfoundries, ARM and CEVA made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Don’t get stuck in the I/O bottleneck ahead
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3/6/2012   1 comment
There are big I/O bottlenecks dead ahead at the board and network levels, so you better watch out or in the next few years you could get caught up in them.
A hell of a way to run TGV
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3/6/2012   14 comments
A power supply problem left passengers stuck on Eurostar trains between the U.K. and France for up to 11 hours on Monday and early Tuesday this week.
Cadence book preview: Advanced Verification Topics Part 2
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3/6/2012   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...
20nm is so old hat!
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3/6/2012   Post a comment
Imec is working on a process development kit for the 14nm node and plans test chips later this year…
Top seven growth markets for tablet computers
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3/6/2012   3 comments
What are tablets really going to be used for in large enterprises? What are their practical uses beyond viewing content and email? How much money can be made making and selling tablets?
How do you count cores? Or should you?
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3/6/2012   4 comments
So far, the number of cores, or CPU cores to be more specific, has been a very important factor in the industry. Increasing core counts has allowed us to increase overall performance while avoiding the thermal limitations of running a single core processor faster. But does it really matter going forward?
Opinion: Did Intel just break my glasses?
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3/1/2012   15 comments
Decades-old market research cooperations are breaking down. A few of the big guys don't want to play nice any more, perhaps because they think things have come to the point where they are just giving their rivals a helping hand. Peter Clarke says they mess with the system at everyone's peril.


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