The History of Jitter
Blog 7/27/2015 2 comments
Jitter, that pesky little timing error in high-speed serial links, has a history that longer than billions of unit intervals.
Friday Quiz: The I²C Bus
Blog 7/24/2015 3 comments
So, you think you know all electrical characteristics of the I²C bus? Then see if you can correctly answer all five questions.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Blog 6/22/2015 2 comments
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
Google Defines an IoT Layer
Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
AMD Unveils Carrizo Power Details
News & Analysis 6/2/2015 Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices filled in details about its latest x86 processor, Carrizo, highlighting the chip’s single, scalable architecture and video processing capabilities for the notebook segment. The company divulged a few of its engineering secrets for squeezing out more performance at lower power at a media event last month.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz
News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments
Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Slideshow 4/23/2015 7 comments
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from the Internet of Things to policy.
Bluetooth Does IoT 5+ Ways
Slideshow 4/15/2015 5 comments
At Bluetooth World, Google, CSR and Nordic Semi proposed separate ways to link a rising tide of Bluetooth devices into the Internet of Things.
Storage Giants Eye Startups
Blog 4/6/2015 4 comments
Storage giants, many of them losing market share in a stagnant market, are seeking acquisition targets among a group of growing startups in flash, software-defined storage and hyperscale markets.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
Blog 3/23/2015 1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC
Slideshow 3/17/2015 3 comments
With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0
News & Analysis 3/16/2015 2 comments
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
18 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/26/2015 4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
News & Analysis 2/22/2015 17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
News & Analysis 2/9/2015 2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow 2/2/2015 2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments
UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges
Blog 1/22/2015 Post a comment
The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
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.
Memory Design Trends in 2014
News & Analysis 12/19/2014 1 comment
Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
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’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
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?
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow 10/3/2014 6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
Blog 10/3/2014 14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
News & Analysis 10/1/2014 1 comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
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.