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Java's father says Oracle is “in the right”
4/30/2012   13 comments
James Gosling, the father of Java, publically came out in favor of Oracle in its suit against Google’s Android, igniting a lively debate
Power 108: Powering forward
4/30/2012   Post a comment
In this blog, we take a look at where people think power will be in three years and ten years time. What do you think?
A/D Converter -> FPGA -> D/A Converter: The JESD204/A/B Standard – “Where the rubber meets the road”
4/27/2012   10 comments
JESD204B will create opportunities for a wide range of data-crunching systems that require high throughput and on-the-fly processing flexibility.
Adafruit announces prototyping Pi Plate kit for Raspberry Pi
4/26/2012   1 comment
Electronics DIY firm Adafruit is adding its own special twist to the coveted $25 Raspberry Pi computer, announcing its own Prototyping Pi Plate Kit, to enable tinkerers to try their hands at home-made embedded projects.
Where are you with multicore?
4/25/2012   6 comments
In a recent discussion with Sven Brehmer, president and CEO of PolyCore Software, I asked him where does the adoption of multicore stand today?
Seeing is believing, but vision isn't video
4/25/2012   6 comments
The son of Shooter in the film, "Hoosiers," said to Gene Hackman, "Coach, I'm not seeing it." I know how the kid felt. I've always had the same problem distinguishing —in technology terms — between "vision" and "video."
Power 107: Power Delivery Networks
4/25/2012   1 comment
Optimizing power in a chip is one thing, but you still have to get power to where power is needed and that is the difficult job of the power delivery network…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 25th
4/25/2012   Post a comment
Symtavision, I love DAC, Mentor, ResearchandMarkets, Renesas, Si2, IPextreme and Synopsys made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Nvidia to unveil double Kepler GPU card?
4/24/2012   1 comment
Nvidia will be launching a new high-end GPU at the GeForce LAN / NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) 2012 in Shanghai on April 28.
Intel exec says fabless model “collapsing”
4/24/2012   42 comments
Intel’s top process technology exec deserves kudos for excellent work to date, but he goes too far when he says the foundry model is collapsing.
Receiver protection: a game-changer
4/24/2012   5 comments
Receiver protection is a pretty important issue in radio transceivers of all kinds. Think about it…the receiver front-end is built to amplify very small signals – fractions of a microvolt – and needs to be protected from the output of the transmitter.
Algotochip – part tools, part service
4/24/2012   4 comments
Algotochip is a startup that has been around since 2009 and is a tool developer and service company, but they have no plans to sell their tools…
In search of a power model
4/24/2012   Post a comment
Last April, at EDP 2011, I began a search for a power model. Power models existed but they were for high performance, GHz based designs...
Power related papers – DVCon 2012
4/23/2012   Post a comment
There were several papers presented at DVCon this year that had to do with power. This contains a synopsis of each and download links…
Power 106: Verification
4/23/2012   Post a comment
Power adds another layer of complexity which has to be verified and requires additional tool support...
Auto industry rebounds?
4/21/2012   2 comments
Well, sort of.
Design, process and test to break the 2 billion access per second barrier
4/20/2012   Post a comment
MoSys has created a new serial memory—the Bandwidth Engine IC—that leverages a highly efficient 10G serial interface and innovative architecture to perform over 2 billion memory accesses per second.
Time for a return to the customer-backed JV foundry?
4/20/2012   18 comments
Qualcomm and some other companies are leaving money on the table because they can't get enough 28-nm chips to meet demand out of foundry TSMC. That has driven companies into the arms of other foundries but could it also prompt a return the customer-funded joint venture fab designed to guarantee IC supplies for the backers?
Power 105: Estimation
4/20/2012   Post a comment
How accurate can power estimation be? Well that depends on a number of things and not all tasks require the same level of accuracy…
Three things are clear in Oracle vs. Google
4/20/2012   19 comments
Oracle’s Java patent infringement suit against Google’s Android will likely drag on for years, poses a great but remote risk to developers and makes for fascinating reading.
Inward looking Renesas needs to spin outward
4/19/2012   14 comments
Whatever happened to the proposed merger of Japan’s chip vendors reported earlier this year? If you’ve been thinking that this big deal was idle, media-led speculation, I beg to differ. This baby’s still in the womb.
Muddy mobile graphics waters dead ahead
4/19/2012   3 comments
No doubt graphics are in the spotlight in mobile systems these days, but that bright spot is unfortunately pretty dark in terms of its technical clarity.
Guest editorial: Low power is everywhere
4/18/2012   11 comments
Design for power extends beyond mobile applications. This article show what the industry is doing and where they are having the greatest problems…
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 18th
4/18/2012   Post a comment
iSuppli, RF Monolithics, CEVA, Mentor, ARM, IROC, Atrenta and Mathworks made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Opinion: Automated power reduction - buyer beware
4/17/2012   4 comments
The practical use of such a solution depends more on the quality of RTL it can generate in addition to the power reduction it can achieve…
Why they benchmark productivity
4/16/2012   16 comments
Why do semiconductor organizations benchmark product development productivity?
Power 104: Reducing power consumption
4/16/2012   1 comment
Power reduction is necessary in both the dynamic and static areas. While improvements in the fabrication processes can have a large impact…
SoC low-power verification requires a full-chip solution
4/13/2012   Post a comment
A much better approach is to use the embedded processors in simulation to exercise all the Power Shut Off modes of the SoC…
Nokia faces long, painful, uncertain recovery
4/13/2012   14 comments
Nokia investors should expect the near certainty that the company will emerge from the ongoing restructuring painfully smaller and possibly less profitable.
Sony pride turns to disillusionment
4/12/2012   34 comments
It’s painful for me to watch the downfall of Sony Corp. -- once one of the best known and most admired consumer brands in the global market.
Who has the lowest power MCU?
4/12/2012   24 comments
There seem to be conflicting claims out there about who has the lowest power microcontroller or MCU. The devil is in the detail.
Power 103 - Power Consumption
4/11/2012   Post a comment
Power consumption is due to several components including dynamic and static power. This episode provide a brief explanation of the various types of power…
Ready for the Microchip MASTERs?
4/11/2012   Post a comment
Registration is now open for the 16th annual Microchip Worldwide MASTERs Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona from August 8 through 11.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 11th
4/11/2012   Post a comment
intoPIX, EDAC, Coventor, SEMATECH, Cadence, SMIC, Gartner,, Oasys and Breker made the lineup today. See here for their news…
The distinction between manufacturing and production, and why it matters
4/10/2012   10 comments
Understanding the distinction between manufacturing and production is crucial for how we leverage technology to revive the economy and create more jobs.
Win a Precision32 32-bit USB MCU dev kit from Silicon Labs
4/10/2012   Post a comment
I just received the following rather terse, but jolly interesting, email from the guys and gals at Silicon Labs...
A closer look at Everspin's MRAM technology
4/10/2012   5 comments
UBM TechInsights analyst Mark Chambers takes a closer look at Everspin's MRAM technology--and it's implications for solid-state drives.
Opinion: Power is everyone’s business
4/10/2012   Post a comment
Results were presented at the forecast panel and, to no one’s surprise, they unanimously picked power as the biggest concern of EDA users…
Viewpoint: Is TSV for real?
4/10/2012   Post a comment
The CTO of MonolithIC 3D delves into some of the issues surrounding through silicon vias.
Power 102: Power in the flow
4/9/2012   Post a comment
Where in the flow can you save the most power? That depends upon who you talk to...
Future of mobile devices to be debated at FWS 2012
4/8/2012   1 comment
A panel debate on the future of mobile devices will bring together leading authorities on human interfaces, application processors, location technology, wireless standards, graphic cores, and device design to determine how the mobile device will change during the next five.
Project Glass: The tyranny of user experience
4/6/2012   17 comments
The announcement this week of Google’s Project Glass is an example of how the manta of the user experience can be pushed beyond what’s useful.
Inside the Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA: A closer look at the first FPGA to use HKMG technology
4/5/2012   2 comments
You can't help but take your hat off to Xilinx and TSMC for the first use of high-k metal gate technology in an FPGA application.
Opinion: Challenges and techniques to meet power budget in complex systems
4/5/2012   1 comment
Power reduction methods are well known but the problem is how to optimize the use of this set of techniques to reach the power budget and device specifications…
HTC's free-fall fashion shoot ad campaign
4/4/2012   1 comment
Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC marked the launch of its One series smartphones with a free fall fashion shoot at 12,000 feet.
Things that older electronics engineers can do
4/4/2012   28 comments
Busting the myth that age is a disqualifier for engineering service, older EEs perform vital functions, such as being hosed by their professional organization.
Research firm In-Stat closed
4/4/2012   8 comments
The venerable research house In-Stat closed its doors after a legendary run; time to mourn.
EDA's entrepreneurial capital
4/4/2012   1 comment
Naysayers who downplay the potential of EDA either undervalue the innate worth of existing small companies or, worse yet, seem reluctant to invest in proven ideas that have good business merit.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 4th
4/4/2012   Post a comment
Dialog, TSMC, Open-Silicon, Analog Bits, Gartner, ABI, Synopsys, Analog Devices, Kilopass, CEVA, OCP-IP, NXP and MarketsandMarkets made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Opinion: What Comes After Power Intent Formats?
4/3/2012   Post a comment
The industry is now converging on a power intent–based low-power design methodology. Can we consider the basic problem to be solved? What’s next?
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