Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks Blog 5/22/2015 7 comments The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Visualizing Better Protocol Debug Blog 5/6/2015 Post a comment The many wheels of technology, as much as we’d like them to, don’t move ahead in lockstep fashion. Sometimes the demands of one technology outrun the benefits of an enabling technology.
Moore’s on at 28nm Blog 5/5/2015 19 comments Moore’s Law is not ending soon, yet it is not going to be the simple brute-force x0.7 dimensional scaling that dominated the industry for the last 5 decades.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union News & Analysis 5/1/2015 2 comments Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Integre Brings x1 HyperLink DSP to FPGA News & Analysis 3/27/2015 Post a comment Integre’s IP core allows a user-defined system to communicate with TMS320C66x multicore DSPs from Texas Instruments using a single lane high speed SERDES interface, or to another FPGA.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs News & Analysis 2/23/2015 10 comments Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC News & Analysis 2/10/2015 15 comments UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Tabula Set for March Shutdown News & Analysis 1/30/2015 8 comments Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level FPGA architecture that dramatically shortened interconnects.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware News & Analysis 1/30/2015 2 comments For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms News & Analysis 12/30/2014 9 comments Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ Slideshow 12/5/2014 1 comment In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU News & Analysis 11/24/2014 55 comments Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out? Blog 10/24/2014 33 comments Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know Slideshow 10/23/2014 42 comments As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit News & Analysis 10/21/2014 9 comments Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
What's in a Name? Blog 10/6/2014 Post a comment What is it about numbering systems for products? There seems to be a desire to make a chronology fit a marketing strategy, but it can be a tricky business.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
Ethernet: Ticket to Driverless Car Blog 9/12/2014 6 comments New vehicle applications will depend on high data rates that cannot possibly be supported by today's CAN, LIN, and FlexRay systems. The "eyes and ears" for self-driving systems, for example, will need a high-bandwidth Ethernet backbone.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 7 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters Blog 8/15/2014 22 comments China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid News & Analysis 7/16/2014 Post a comment Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.