Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’ News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
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.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Nvidia Drives Tegra to TFlops News & Analysis 1/5/2015 4 comments Nvidia kicked off International CES, held here Jan. 6-9, with three major announcements for mobile and automotive computing. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Tegra X1, a 256-core "mobile superchip" with more than a teraflop of processing power and 16-bit floating point.
11 Views of IEDM Slideshow 12/17/2014 4 comments This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
Intel Rolls IoT Platform News & Analysis 12/10/2014 4 comments Intel's new IoT platform aims to improve connectivity and security with an updated gateway, embedded security, and edge management software.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator News & Analysis 12/9/2014 10 comments Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future News & Analysis 12/9/2014 7 comments Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different then much of the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply, or reason and make inferences.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power News & Analysis 12/8/2014 9 comments IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
Dell Research Updates Progress News & Analysis 11/10/2014 3 comments A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
Globalfoundries Wins Design Partner News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments Invecas, an IP core and SoC design firm formed by combining two companies and a small group of ex-IBMers, has set up shop exclusively supporting Globalfoundries, which is racing to deliver 14nm FinFET node.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave News & Analysis 10/22/2014 7 comments Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
What About MEMs? Blog 10/14/2014 Post a comment Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
NYC Shines as Maker City News & Analysis 10/14/2014 2 comments The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Chip Makers Face Scaling Hurdles Blog 10/7/2014 1 comment Chip makers and their vendors need to collaborate more than ever if they are to overcome challenges scaling semiconductors, said speakers at a recent forum.
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups News & Analysis 10/7/2014 4 comments Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
TSMC Overtakes Samsung in FinFET News & Analysis 10/6/2014 10 comments TSMC has overtaken Samsung in the FinFET race to commercial production, according to industry analysts. Both companies lag Intel, which is making FinFET chips internally.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Are Formal Apps a Trojan Horse? Blog 9/10/2014 13 comments Formal verification has threatened to become mainstream almost forever. However, could it be that “formal apps” are the disguised guest that finally see us realize the Kathryn Kranen prediction that “formal will dominate verification”?
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems News & Analysis 9/3/2014 2 comments Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
Optimizing Dynamic Response via Digital Control Blog 9/3/2014 Post a comment With digital control it becomes possible for the power system designer to fine-tune a POL regulator's control loop for a particular application and significantly improve and optimize the dynamic response performance and/or reduce required decoupling capacitance.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many News & Analysis 8/18/2014 5 comments bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Securing IoT Devices With ARM TrustZone Blog 8/15/2014 1 comment The need for securing devices for IoT systems is becoming paramount. We’ll outline how virtualization can be leveraged to enable consolidation of connected devices, and how ARM TrustZone can be utilized to address security threats.
Free Process Design Kit Hits 15nm News & Analysis 8/15/2014 10 comments University of North Carolina has upgraded its FreePDK to a 15 nm scale. The previous PDK was used by thousands of universities and startups around the world.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits News & Analysis 8/13/2014 20 comments Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed News & Analysis 8/8/2014 19 comments The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Watch & Learn: Reducing Time-to-Support Blog 8/5/2014 1 comment If you are a chip designer trying to find answers about how to use EDA tools to solve a design problem, then time is of the essence, especially if your questions are pertinent to your own design flow.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip Blog 7/25/2014 Post a comment As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.