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Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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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.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
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7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
Cadence's New Quantus QRC Extraction Solution
News & Analysis  
7/15/2014   1 comment
New massively parallel architecture is TSMC-certified for 16nm FinFET designs.
Actions Licenses ARM for 64-Bit Tablets
News & Analysis  
6/30/2014   6 comments
Actions Semiconductor will provide its first 64-bit ARM Cortex-based SoC in late 2014, making it easier for the Chinese company to develop high-end tablets.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
News & Analysis  
6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
Blog  
6/13/2014   2 comments
China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
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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.
Tools Will Drive the Hunt for Alien Hardware
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6/9/2014   Post a comment
Research has uncovered a number of scenarios under which Trojans can enter an IC-design project, all the way from the system level down to physical layout. What can we do to protect against these threats?
Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches
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6/5/2014   25 comments
Automotive companies need to evolve their development processes to adapt to the new age of software on wheels.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Computex: Pixelworks Debuts Mobile Video Post-Processing IC
News & Analysis  
6/2/2014   3 comments
Pixelworks is the first chip vendor to develop a small, hardwired mobile video display processor that sits between a mobile SoC and the mobile device's panel.
Circuit Reliability for the Auto Industry
Blog  
5/29/2014   4 comments
Let's look specifically at the automotive industry, examine some of the circuit reliability challenges they must overcome to meet both industry quality standards and consumers’ expectations.
Smart Way to Drive ECU Consolidation
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
Many cars incorporate more than 125 ECUs. Consolidation is an obvious answer. We explore how to integrate more functionality on fewer ECUs without complicating the testing effort.
3D Chip Stack Tool Sends TSV Into High-Volume
News & Analysis  
5/28/2014   11 comments
Applied Materials hawks the world's first volume manufacturing tool for created 3D chip stacks using titanium-lined copper vias.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
News & Analysis  
5/16/2014   5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Leading Maker Dreams of Open Cores
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   12 comments
The most exciting thing on the horizon for open source hardware is potential for open processors and SoCs, said a movement leader.
Managing Vehicle Networking
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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.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
News & Analysis  
5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
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5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
Analog EDA Based on Artificial Intelligence Gets Funds
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Analog EDA startup Thalia Design Automation Ltd. has raised $1 million in a mix of equity funding and grant support.
Is It Training or Documentation? Does It Matter?
Blog  
4/24/2014   5 comments
The balance between training and documentation depends on context, scope, and value, for both the supplier and the user base.
Cadence to Acquire Jasper
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   8 comments
The merger will create the most comprehensive set of verification tools, according to the companies.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Mushrooms Recover Gold out of Mobile Scrap
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   23 comments
Researchers have developed a novel way to extract metals, specifically gold, from discarded electronics: mushrooms.
Chip Experts Cautiously Optimistic
News & Analysis  
4/10/2014   14 comments
Scaling looks good down to 5nm but the outlook is dim for alternative technologies such as FD-SOI and mixed for 450mm wafers, experts say.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
Windows Opens Console to Phone
News & Analysis  
4/4/2014   9 comments
Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
News & Analysis  
4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
News & Analysis  
3/28/2014   1 comment
The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
FinFETs Not the Best Silicon Road
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3/27/2014   42 comments
The move to 20nm bulk CMOS and 16/14nm FinFETs brings one of the most serious challenges the semiconductor industry has faced in 20 years.
On-Chip Interconnect Costs Spawn Research
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3/26/2014   Post a comment
The rising cost of on-chip interconnects is spawning inventive research on several fronts, many of which will be debated at a May event.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
Blog  
3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Transistor-Cost Declines Slowing, Synopsys Says
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   10 comments
The cost/transistor is not declining like it used to, forcing shifts and opening opportunities said the chairman of Synopsys at an annual user group event.
Europe Seeing Slower Speeds for IC Compiler II Designs
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
When compared to the United States and Japan, European engineers are seeing less speed-up in their chip designs from a new version of IC Compiler. Here’s a look at the reasons why.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   1 comment
Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
Circuit Reliability Is Not a 'New Node' Problem
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3/20/2014   Post a comment
When migrating to a new node, circuit reliability is a concern: Physics involved may change as process dimensions change, but is your design robust against electrical circuit failure?
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
Slideshow  
3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Cadence Expands Its Systems Definition
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   1 comment
Cadence shows off the fruits of its IP acquisition spree.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
16nm Pushes Chip Design Boundaries at CDNLive
News & Analysis  
3/7/2014   1 comment
One of the key issues being debated at the 2014 CDN Live conference is the race to make 16nm chip design more efficient. Engineers from Intel and TSMC are both expected to present papers on the subject.
Google Glass Success Depends on Niche Apps
News & Analysis  
3/6/2014   1 comment
Prototyping applications will be key to the success of Google Glass and other wearable glasses, speakers at Wearables DevCon said. The conference was designed for wearable makers, software developers and app creators.

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