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Yoshida in Japan: Fujitsu-Panasonic SoC JV deal makes no sense
2/5/2013   17 comments
The proposed joint venture between Fujitsu and Panasonic's SoC businesses will not save Japan's semiconductor industry or improve its standing in SoCs.
DesignCon 2013: Confronting signal integrity problems with LPDDR3.
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How do you maintain signal and power integrity in that kind of high-speed, noisy environment?
Highly scalable vertical gate 3-D NAND
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2/4/2013   4 comments
New layout twists even/odd bit lines (BLs) in the opposite direction to improve manufacturability, while staircase BL contacts reduce costs.
Who’s managing your power management?
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2/4/2013   1 comment
After reviewing requests to integrate power management functions into a single chip, JVD concluded that many companies focus on watts and ignore cost. Money is being wasted by not taking advantage of further integration. This paper intends to create an awareness of this potential savings.
The view looks grim from Digital Hollywood
2/4/2013   33 comments
During a recent trip to the Digital Hollywood conference, I found a town desperately searching for the next big thing.
Hard disk drive market to decline 12%
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2/4/2013   2 comments
Facing competition from solid state drives and declining PC sales, HDD sales projected to slip for at least two consecutive years.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights Innovation
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2/4/2013   1 comment
Highlights from the show included Volkswagen's introduction of a diesel-based hybrid concept, Tesla's 17-inch front console display, and a multitude of engine technologies focused on fuel efficiency.
Handsets now largest consumer of NAND
2/4/2013   1 comment
With the rise of smartphone shipments, handsets expected to consume more NAND than any other product type for first time in 2013.
Are automotive 'black boxes' secure?
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2/4/2013   2 comments
Today, data can be easily collected with legitimate data retrieval systems that link up to a vehicle's onboard diagnostics connector.
DVFS shows GloFo bulk CMOS good for low power
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Dresden university and German startup work with Tensilica to produce test chip for dynamic voltage and frequency scaling IP in 28-nm bulk CMOS.
Boeing's battery problems shouldn't be an indictment of electric cars
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2/4/2013   2 comments
The issue is that engineers are supposed to determine the energy level, and then build in mechanisms to make the situation safe for users.
My brain hurts!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
2/4/2013   20 comments
I'm having some difficulty wrapping my brain around a question that just came winging its way across the Internet to me.
London Calling: ST's world of pain
2/4/2013   6 comments
ST, despite having announced its decision to get out of the struggling joint venture ST-Ericsson in December, has reported more losses, more JV-related costs and forecast a poor first quarter of 2013.
Reducing power in AMD processor core with RTL clock gating analysis
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2/4/2013   7 comments
Lowering the power consumption of consumer products and networking centers is an important design consideration, and this effort begins with many of the chips that go into these devices...
Cisco packs ASICs at 40G, embraces OpenFlow
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2/4/2013   5 comments
Cisco announced a dense 40G switch using two 40-nm ASICs and a software controller supporting the OpenFlow protocol for software-defined networks.
SK Hynix overtakes Micron in NAND flash ranking
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2/4/2013   3 comments
The market for NAND flash ticked up in the fourth quarter with Toshiba, SK Hynix and Intel gaining market share at the expense of Samsung and Micron.
December dip ends weak year for global chip sales
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2/4/2013   1 comment
December sales below expectations, capping year in which sales of chips declined by 2.7 percent.
ST-Ericsson benefits from debts write-off
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2/4/2013   4 comments
Joint venture ST-Ericsson has been forgiven $1.5 billion in debt by its parents but had to write down good will and assets by $1 billion in its fourth quarter financial results.
DesignCon; Nvidia to discuss challenges of chip design
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2/2/2013   Post a comment
Moore's law means chip companies can never afford to lay back on their laurels. Nvidia's SVP of GPU engineering is set to talk about how the firm stays ahead of the game.
DesignCon Report: Making things happen
2/1/2013   1 comment
I made it to DesignCon just in time to catch a longstanding panel: The Case of the Closed Eye.
Three key physical layer (PHY) performance metrics for a JESD204B transmitter
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2/1/2013   Post a comment
This article focuses on three key performance metrics that are typically used to evaluate the quality of the transmitted signal: the eye diagram, the bathtub plot, and the histogram plot.
Capitol Connection: A roadmap for semi industry's future
2/1/2013   3 comments
In his first monthly column, the CEO of the industry group SIA lays out a bold policy roadmap.
Apple was top U.S. handset seller in Q4
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2/1/2013   5 comments
IPhone takes 34 percent market share to lead in a quarter for the first time as overall handset sales edged up.
Fujitsu, Panasonic reportedly close to merging chip units
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2/1/2013   12 comments
Struggling Japanese electronics firms hope to spin LSI chip units out into joint venture by March 2014.
What were they thinking: Copyright in the digital age
2/1/2013   12 comments
It is easy to poke fun at the patent system, but what about copyright? It is rather dated and the University of Glasgow starts thinking about how to change it…
Single-stage LED driver targets price-sensitive retrofit bulbs
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iWatt Inc. has introduced the iW3626 driver, the first device of an AC/DC solid state lighting LED driver platform aimed at price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications.
Metcalfe seeks peace between warring comms camps
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2/1/2013   8 comments
Bob Metcalfe, who helped invent Ethernet in 1973, is trying to bring together competing comms interests in software-defined networking.
MEMS MooMonitor tracks herds
News & Analysis  
2/1/2013   12 comments
Tracking devices that monitor the activities of farm animals could represent a potentially huge market for MEMS sensors.
Planning to fail is planning to fail
2/1/2013   8 comments
Hardware teams understand the importance of planning, but does the act of project planning guarantee success to the same degree that avoiding project planning guarantees failure?
Slideshow: Lessons learned, fun had at DesignCon
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2/1/2013   6 comments
The view from the show floor included excitement over copper traces, silicon optics and beer.
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