Cars drive SoC design at ISSCC Blog 2/2/2016 1 comment Automotive SoCs at ISSCC showed designs that were more aggressive in some ways than their counterparts for mobile phones and notebook computers.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS News & Analysis 2/1/2016 8 comments Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
16 Insights on ICs Slideshow 1/29/2016 5 comments At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors News & Analysis 1/27/2016 34 comments An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors News & Analysis 1/21/2016 4 comments At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
AMD’s ARM SoC Seeks Sockets News & Analysis 1/14/2016 1 comment AMD announced production availability for its first 64-bit ARM-based server processor, but it lacks customers and is not competitive with Intel’s Xeon.
Google, HP, Oracle Join RISC-V News & Analysis 12/28/2015 4 comments The RISC-V open source processor core is rising as an alternative to ARM with support from Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts News & Analysis 12/9/2015 7 comments The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials News & Analysis 12/7/2015 2 comments As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
ARM Sizes Up Moore’s Law News & Analysis 12/7/2015 3 comments It’s getting harder and more costly to make chips smaller and faster, but there is still hope for advancing Moore’s Law, said an ARM researcher at IEDM.
What Freescale-NXP Merger Can Teach Us News & Analysis 12/3/2015 4 comments As new NXP, conceived in a merger with Freescale, approaches its day of birth – next Monday, the crucial issue posed by a combined entity $10 billion in revenue is its impact on the competitive landscape in the semiconductor market.
HPE Melds Servers, Storage News & Analysis 12/1/2015 1 comment Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced Synergy, a server blade system with integrated software to ease the job of managing jobs across arrays of processors and hard and solid-state disks.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List News & Analysis 11/25/2015 8 comments The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires News & Analysis 11/23/2015 10 comments Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Is Detroit Dead Meat? Blog 11/12/2015 17 comments Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout News & Analysis 11/11/2015 Post a comment IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest News & Analysis 11/8/2015 8 comments There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts Slideshow 11/5/2015 Post a comment A non-x86 MCU and a partnership with a small building automation company in Sweden were among a handful of insights into Intel's latest efforts to gain traction in the Internet of Things.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio News & Analysis 11/3/2015 5 comments Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
How Camera Phones Changed the World News & Analysis 11/3/2015 9 comments In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
AMD Unloads Back-end Manufacturing Facilities News & Analysis 10/16/2015 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Thursday (Oct. 15) it sold a majority stake in its test, assembly and packaging facilities in Asia as part of a joint venture with China’s Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co. Ltd.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones? News & Analysis 10/14/2015 8 comments Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
Freescale Multi-Mode MCU Pushes IoT Envelope News & Analysis 10/13/2015 2 comments Freescale launched a new wireless MCU capable of running both Thread and BLE v4.2 concurrently. While running Thread protocol in the background, the host MCU also uses BLE to let devices join the network, allowing “sideband commissioning.”
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
Freescale Buys CogniVue News & Analysis 9/10/2015 3 comments Freescale acquired CogniVue. The biggest benefit for Freescale is that it will be able to integrate inside its ADAS SoCs “automotive-qualified vision IP, instead of IP retrofitted for safety after the design,” according to the company.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments