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Netbooks headed for extinction
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4/15/2013   11 comments
Thanks to the rising popularity of tablets, shipments of low cost PC netbooks projected to slip to virtually zero next year.
Apple in Brazil: Deja vu all over again
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4/15/2013   6 comments
A decade ago, a Brazilian telecommunications service firm applied to register the trademark "iPhone." Things didn't get messy for years.
Could Intel’s new CEO be blast from past?
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4/15/2013   21 comments
The world’s biggest chip maker is due for a new chief executive in less than 30 days and a returning veteran could fill the chair nicely.
Yoshida in China: What Imagination must do next
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4/15/2013   2 comments
The integration of any two companies is a painful process. I got further explanation about the exodus of former MIPS people -- sales and FAEs -- in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China.
In-house layout goes the way of home-grown EDA
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4/12/2013   10 comments
Jack Harding, CEO of eSilicon, argues that the end to in-house IC layout may be in sight. The knowledge and manpower required to address the complexity of the task makes it an appropriate case for separation from logical design. , due to the complexity, learning curve, peak-load labor requirements and alternative use of manpower required for it.
What were they thinking: stimulus coverage
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4/12/2013   3 comments
Constrained random stimulus generation is wasteful and misguided and when coupled with poorly devised coverage metrics gives a false sense of security. This patent makes the situation worse…
London Calling: Incoming CEO says Neul won't be like Icera
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4/12/2013   1 comment
Stan Boland, serial entrepreneur and CEO, shared some of his thinking about the job he has taken on leading TV "white-space" spectrum pioneer Neul.
Jasper’s Kranen talks EDA pricing and value
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4/11/2013   Post a comment
In this final part of the interview with Jasper’s CEO Kathryn Kranen, she talks about their unique way of doing business and how Jasper creates value for their customers at a fair price…
LDO, switching regulators get 'fundamentals' attention
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4/11/2013   1 comment
This online course will give you perspective on these vital, often underappreciated components.
London Calling: Where will Apple get flash memory now?
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4/11/2013   15 comments
Could Samsung, reportedly the ousted manufacturer of processors for Apple, be able to control the Silicon Valley company by putting it on a rationed supply of NAND flash memory? How should Apple respond to the danger?
Collaborative advantage: OpenPDK releases ESD design spec; IRPS 2013
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4/10/2013   Post a comment
The OpenPDK Coalition at Si2 has released an important specification on electro-static discharge (ESD) design best practices to improve reliability for integrated circuits, particularly at advanced process nodes…
EDA/IP weekly roundup – April 10th2013
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Altera, ARM, Cadence, Chenming Hu, Cypress Semi, IC Insights, Imperas, Kathryn Kranen, Mentor, Si2 and TSMC made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Former editor reflects on EE Times’ 40th anniversary
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4/10/2013   1 comment
Steve Weitzner, editor-in-chief of EE Times from 1986-1992, offers his thoughts on the occasion of the brand's 40th anniversary.
Measure of chaos: When uncertainty runs amok
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Can a butterfly flapping its wings in Japan cause a tornado in Silicon Valley? Ransom explains the roots of chaos with a simple carpentry metaphor.
Charge your mobile via text
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4/10/2013   2 comments
Send text and a solar power charge transfers to mobile device via maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technology.
Don't miss May's Monterey memory meeting
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4/8/2013   Post a comment
International Memory Workshop to highlight ReRAM, MRAM and other advances.
Interaxon headband outdoes Google Glass
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4/8/2013   2 comments
The first Interaxon product, which shows brain activity and exercises to improve cognitive functions, hits the market later this year.
MCU News: March madness
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4/8/2013   1 comment
Can't keep up with all the new MCU announcements? Rich's monthly roundup can help.
London Calling: Iron Lady bows out
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4/8/2013   45 comments
The electronics landscape in the U.K. is freewheeling and fragmented thanks to Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister, who died today.
Yoshida in China: Imagination's MIPS roadmap
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4/5/2013   2 comments
Imagination Technologies reaffirms commitment to MIPS and China.
Learning electronics with the Arduino
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4/5/2013   6 comments
There's always something unexpected going on here in the Pleasure Dome (my office). Just a few days ago, for example, I received an email from Don Wilcher…
Nokia conquers China
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4/5/2013   8 comments
Long-awaited good news reached Nokia far from its Finland headquarters in a mighty big market: China.
Gesture control coming to a television near you
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4/5/2013   3 comments
New technology using STMicro’s Orly set-top box system-on-chip to enable couch potatoes to browse Internet and control TV functions with gestures.
London Calling: ReRAM gets video treatment
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4/5/2013   7 comments
Panasonic has produced an English language video explaining resistive RAM technology and its application in microcontrollers.
The "Top 10" worst computers of all time
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4/5/2013   26 comments
Have you ever owned a computer that made you want to pull your hair out?
JEDEC releases universal flash storage test standard
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4/5/2013   Post a comment
JESD224 defines strict protocols and parameters for a variety of test cases ranging from inquiries to power management.
Ajoy Bose – transitions and the creation of Atrenta
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4/4/2013   1 comment
How do you go from working for Bell Labs to starting up a number of EDA companies? Atrenta’s Ajoy Bose tells of his transitions from the largest to the smallest of companies and what he learned along the way…
Haptics lets your touch screen touch back
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4/4/2013   Post a comment
Touch screens are nice, but now they can provide users with tactile responses as well as visual ones.
Yoshida in China: Imagination dumps MIPS sales team
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4/4/2013   1 comment
Is Imagination Technologies actually helping increase the adoption of MIPS, or is it killing MIPS in China?
Intel paid Paul Otellini $19 million in 2012
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4/4/2013   19 comments
Another data point for those concerned about the growing disparity between pay for those at the top of the org chart and the rank and file.
Jerry Fishman's lasting legacy at Analog Devices
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
ADI's longtime leader left a legacy of stable, conservative management at the chip firm he made a multibillion-dollar powerhouse.
Steve Jobs shaped next two iPhones
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4/3/2013   3 comments
An Apple exec's slip begs the question: Will a new iPhone end the Apple product drought soon?
Supply Chain's future: A survey
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
How is the supply chain evolving? You tell us. We need your help!
Cellphone’s 40th anniversary is no midlife crisis
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4/3/2013   10 comments
In celebration of the first cellphone call 40 years ago by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper, I invite you to read and reflect on where we have been and where we are going.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – April 3rd 2013
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
Accellera, ARM, Asset, Digital Core, EDAC, FishTail, Gartner, GlobalFoundries, ProPlus, Silicon Labs, TSMC and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
LED research: Where's the money?
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4/3/2013   6 comments
LED market research reveals movers and shakers: LED Engin raises $12 million to expand, UV LED market on the rise.
Watching Analog Devices' Jerald Fishman up close
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4/3/2013   Post a comment
ADI's CEO was a unique character, as so many in our industry are.
Rethinking communications: Automating tapeout review reporting
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4/2/2013   Post a comment
Tapeout of a chip is a collaboration between the design house and the foundry. Replacing manual error reporting with an automated reporting capability provides a number of benefits to both the report generator and the report recipient.
Robotics competition: Tomorrow's tech talent has game
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4/2/2013   3 comments
At the FIRST Robotics Competition, teens learn about technology trade-offs, strategy and teamwork. NASA and major tech firms say the contest shapes tomorrow's tech leaders.
London Calling: The curious incident of the EDA dog food
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4/2/2013   1 comment
Some similes and metaphors capture the imagination and resonate for years after they were first uttered.
IP reuse requires both design reuse and verification reuse
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4/2/2013   Post a comment
In this era of ever shrinking time to market windows, for semiconductor organizations to win the race to market, they must master IP-based design, and in particular IP reuse encompassing both design and verification reuse...
Sony shows off PlayStation 4 controller
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4/1/2013   2 comments
Several mockup prototypes of forthcoming system's wireless controller turned up at the Game Developer Conference.
Immigration debate needs more common ground
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4/1/2013   4 comments
Engineers and management agree we should give green cards to foreign-born STEM grads, but we could use more common ground as the debate ramps up.
iPhone vs. iFone: Apple Loses Appeal in Mexico
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4/1/2013   4 comments
The Mexico City-based iFone expects compensation from Apple for the use of its brand name? Really? Can't we all just get along, por favor?
Yoshida in China: What's Calxeda doing here?
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4/1/2013   2 comments
In Beijing, I ran into Barry Evans, one of the brains behind the famed Xscale processor SoC, now a co-founder and CEO at Calxeda.
Capitol Connection: Light at the end of the immigration-reform tunnel
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4/1/2013   Post a comment
The electronics industry is being hamstrung by slow progress in high-skilled immigration reform. But help may be on the way.
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