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London Calling: Stressed Europe lashing out?
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9/28/2012   23 comments
Readers both within and outside Europe will know that the continent is enduring what Charles Dickens called hard times. European institutions and governments are seeking to impose austerity measures on a public that is increasingly left-leaning and hostile to such measures.
The Oski 72 hour challenge
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
What was the Oski 72 hours DAC challenge all about and will they do it again next year?
Strategic investments, partnerships drive EDA innovation
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
With traditional sources of venture funding drying up, small EDA firms turn to the big companies that depend on their tools.
Ethics and freedoms are not global
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9/27/2012   9 comments
Working in a global society requires us to be accepting of others people’s ideas about ethics, morals and laws that define what they call freedom…
Which way forward for Infineon?
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9/26/2012   2 comments
After a series of turnaround programs, German chip firm is still in recovery mode and probably will be for more several quarters.
Silicon Valley Nation: Disruption in the passing lane
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9/26/2012   17 comments
The Jetsons Age just sneaked up on us.
Yoshida in China: How Nokia failed, MediaTek won
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9/26/2012   33 comments
"Reverse innovation" shouldn't be confused with "reverse engineering." Here's how they differ, and how companies like MediaTek used it to run circles around rivals like Nokia.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 26th
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Dongbu HiTek, EMA, Symtavision, Synopsys, Globalfoundries, element14, Cadence, Analog Devices, ProPlus, ChipEstimate, Aldec, CEDA, X-Fab and more made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Why can’t China innovate?
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9/26/2012   7 comments
Can you name any innovative Chinese companies?
LVS Debug: The Good, The Bad, and The Future
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
LVS debug of today's complex designs is challenging and time-consuming, but reducing LVS debug time while continuing to provide reliable, high-performance designs is a requirement for chip designers who want to meet their tight tapeout deadlines and satisfy customers.
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide part 3
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Book excerpt: High-level synthesis blue book - part4
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
The promise of high-level synthesis (HLS) is a powerful one: the ability to generate production-quality register transfer level (RTL) implementations from high-level specification...
Font, not size, matters in HMI design
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9/25/2012   5 comments
A new study offers clues into improving car design as a way to reduce distracted driving and auto deaths.
London Calling: Europe offers security
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
European companies are amongst the leaders in security. A three-year research program is working on the next-generation of e-passport and mobile identification.
Vote for DCD’s DQ80251 – the world’s fastest 8051 CPU
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9/24/2012   3 comments
Digital Core Design has been nominated as the only IP Core and SoC design house for the European Business Award, and they are asking their friends for support…
Yoshida in China: Why its engineering grads love multinationals
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9/24/2012   20 comments
Besides state-owned companies like China Mobile, guess who else Chinese engineering students are eager to work for?
Intel plans to crush ARM beyond 20 nm
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9/24/2012   58 comments
Intel believes its process technology could eventually give it the lead in low power processing.
Life lessons in embedded
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9/24/2012   Post a comment
The best way to face the diverse embedded market is with an open mind and a practical attitude—a life lesson I took away from meetings at DESIGN East.
Shuttle flyby over San Francisco
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9/23/2012   3 comments
The Shuttle Endeavour, on its way to Los Angeles, took a bow over San Francisco, and we have engineers to thank for it all.
Apple A6 processor has landed, sort of
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9/21/2012   5 comments
What has Apple packed inside the A6 processor at the heart of the iPhone 5? In advance of our actual dissection of the A6, here’s what you should expect.
This is still the same Apple!
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9/21/2012   5 comments
As Apple catches flak about the performance of the new mapping software on the iPhone 5, I am amazed some are linking this issue to the lack of Steve Jobs at the helm. Many comments on the web have idolized Steve Job’s Apple as one focused on quality, yet everyone seems to forget the antenna fiasco with the iPhone 4. With the iPhone 4, Apple sold a substandard product and covered up the problem in many markets with a free phone case, rather than recalling the product and fixing the problem. And
What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
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9/21/2012   11 comments
The Nobel prizes are awarded every year for significant contributions to science, literature and peace, but do you know about the Ig Nobel prizes?
Touchstone CEO eyes Linear, Maxim, disruption
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Touchstone Semiconductor CEO Brett Fox (shown) is rapidly expanding the company's product line while eyeing potential competition with analog leaders like Linear and Maxim.
Teaching robotics to kids
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9/21/2012   10 comments
Teaching technology to young learners is essential for increasing the number of productive scientists and engineers.
Could Apple A6 be a 'big-little' processor?
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Some believe the Apple A6 processor includes a custom core. But Apple has likely also been innovating at both higher and lower levels of abstraction.
Brave new biometric world: Intel helps diagnose Lupus, arthritis
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Intel inside is about to take on a whole new biological meaning, as the worlds of information technology and biomedical science collide.
What does iPhone mania say about society?
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9/20/2012   17 comments
As expected, the Apple loyal began gathering outside stores to purchase the new iPhone 5. The real question is, why?
Yoshida in China: Whither the neglected 6 billion?
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9/20/2012   10 comments
China's fabless sector should extend beyond its borders and reach out to the 6 billion inhabitants of the developing world, says one CEO.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – September 19th
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Cadence, Synopsys, EVE, Kilopass, Aldec, Digital Core Design, Sisvel, SMIC and IC Insights made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Book excerpt: Mixed-signal methodology guide part 2
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
This book, Mixed-signal Methodology Guide provides a broad overview of mixed-signal design, verification and implementation methodologies…
Manufacturing perspectives
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Manufacturing is on the rebound in the west; here are are five perspectives on why.
London Calling: Lego supercomputer, meet Arduino mopho
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9/19/2012   2 comments
Computer scientists at Southampton University have built a supercomputer out of 64 Raspberry Pi credit card-size computers and Legos. Separately, the Open Electronics community has recently been offered a GSM/GPRS and GPS daughter card suitable for attachment to the Arduino microcontroller board.
Collaborative Advantage: The Future of Fabless Design?
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9/18/2012   3 comments
Virtual reaggregation is necessary to re-aligning data dependencies that were split apart from disaggregation of the supply chain…
Book excerpt: High-level synthesis blue book - part3
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
The promise of high-level synthesis (HLS) is a powerful one: the ability to generate production-quality register transfer level (RTL) implementations from high-level specification...
EDA Countdown: top three
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
This concludes a countdown of the top ten design articles seen in the EDA Designline during my first year at the helm...
Spreadtrum CFO shows company's 'soft' skills
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9/18/2012   12 comments
Spreadtrum CFO Shannon Gao is a U.S.-trained CPA who has worked for the Chinese fabless company since its founding in 2001. Her's are the kind of "soft skills" Chinese tech companies need to succeed.
More DRAM leftovers unless players cooperate
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9/17/2012   4 comments
Analysts predict that DRAM oversupply could hit 7 percent in 2013.
What’s the latest on LTE?
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
Where are we really at with LTE? And, what do we need to know to effectively test LTE products and networks.
Predictable semiconductor cycle ahead?
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9/17/2012   2 comments
Despite the increasingly negative predictions of semiconductor forecasters, predictable change in the semiconductor industry comes from monitoring capital investment.
Power domain verification: Beyond traditional DRC, LVS and ERC
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
For many power domain issues, functional simulation can be performed successfully without catching the circuit error...
Do engineers need an MBA?
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9/17/2012   56 comments
In last week’s Careers newsletter, I asked whether readers thought engineers should bolster their technical education with a more business orientated degree, like an MBA. The responses (flooding my inbox all week) have been quite staggering and run the gamut from strong agreement to vehement rejection of the notion.
Yoshida in China: Beijing’s science park 2.0
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9/15/2012   4 comments
Big cities in China — even medium-sized cities in China’s flyover regions – are all hot to trot promoting high-tech science parks. But the mother of all Chinese science parks is still in Beijing.
Intel, Apple may be two ships passing in the light
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9/14/2012   8 comments
I was humbled—and just a bit frightened--to see the Apple and Intel cruise ships pass so closely as they sailed down San Francisco’s Howard St. this week.
10G Ethernet switches lead networking growth
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9/14/2012   Post a comment
Revenues for 10 GE reached $1.8 billion in 2Q12, on sequential port-shipment growth of 13 percent, according to a quarterly update from the Dell’Oro Group.
Making beautiful music with smart MEMS microphones
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9/14/2012   13 comments
New "smart" MEMS microphones enable recording with a quality once reserved only for musicians and rich wannabes with their own private recording studios.
London Calling: Toshiba offers foundry services
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9/14/2012   4 comments
Toshiba is making multiple moves in its chip manufacturing; offering foundry services in Europe and reportedly cutting NAND flash prices just two months after cutting production.
What were they thinking: The world is your lawyer
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9/13/2012   9 comments
Freescale makes a contest out of invalidating a patent. Do you want to be the next patent lawyer and find the technology that makes the point…
Five engineering lessons from race teams
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9/13/2012   2 comments
Racing engineers can teach their colleagues in other disciplines some useful lessons.
VCs and cougars at the Rosewood
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9/12/2012   3 comments
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your venture capitalist is?
China Mobile takes SIM card route to e-wallets
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9/12/2012   9 comments
As the technorati await word on whether the iPhone 5 will include near-field comms, China Mobile is pursuing its own e-wallet solution: a SIM card for embedding RFID capability in a smartphone.
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