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.
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.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
News & Analysis 9/3/2014 16 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
Slideshow 8/29/2014 4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
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.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 11 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Fifty Years of TTL
Break Points 6/25/2014 26 comments
Depending on your source, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of TTL (transistor-transistor logic). Although some say 1961 is the birth year, TI released the 5400 family in 1964 and the 7400 series in plastic two years later. Since TTL is synonymous with 5400 and 7400, why not offer 50th birthday congratulations?
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Blog 6/10/2014 1 comment
eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon
News & Analysis 6/3/2014 24 comments
Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
Why Intel-Rockchip Tie-Up Matters
Blog 5/28/2014 11 comments
After Miya Kong discussed the latest Intel-Rockchip announcement with China's industry insiders, we know the two companies have agreed on three points: X86 architecture, 3G modem license, and 14-nm capacity support.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis 5/15/2014 5 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
News & Analysis 5/14/2014 5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog 5/13/2014 1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.