Fairchild Confirms Fabless MEMS Entry News & Analysis 5/13/2014 2 comments Fairchild Semiconductor has confirmed it will enter the inertial MEMS market with mass production in 2014 as it formally announced the acquisition of Xsens Technologies.
Serial Links Rev Up to 56 Gbit/s News & Analysis 5/13/2014 3 comments The first public proposals for extending serial links to 56 Gbit/s are expected at the next OIF meeting, laying a foundation for future nets.
Teledyne Dalsa's CEO Retires News & Analysis 5/7/2014 1 comment Teledyne Dalsa, a pure-play foundry for the manufacture of MEMS, high voltage CMOS, and advanced CCDs, announces retirement of CEO Brian Doody after 29 years with the company.
CPU Vet Still Scaling CMOS Blog 5/6/2014 1 comment Challenges conquering 14/16 and even 10nm processes nodes haven't dampened enthusiasm for veteran microprocessor designer Jim Keller.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM News & Analysis 5/5/2014 12 comments AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
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