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FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
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5/28/2015   13 comments
SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
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5/27/2015   7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
It’s Time to Stop Kicking the EDA Dog
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5/25/2015   Post a comment
It’s incumbent on IP vendors to deliver higher quality designs that enable a smoother back-end process.
eSilicon Brings Virtualization to Online Portal
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
An IC designers’ job is mired in “what if’s.” eSilicon wants to make the ASIC designer’s decision process as painless as possible. The company is unveiling Tuesday a new online tool called “Optimizer.”
Model Trains Put Strain on Batteries, AC Power
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5/13/2015   8 comments
Sometimes the obvious, free, and available power rail is not the right path for reliable power delivery, but you stick with it until new technologies allow better alternatives.
Engineer Building Google for Chips
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5/1/2015   25 comments
An engineer-turned-entrepreneur aims to develop a Google for semiconductors, making it easier for engineers to find and evaluate chips.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
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4/29/2015   Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
High-End PCB Design Made Affordable
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4/28/2015   5 comments
Mentor's new PADS family targets independent engineers with lower cost and more powerful printed circuit board design capabilities.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
EDA Tool Speeds FinFET Design
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics new Calibre xACT tool extracts parasitic capacitance, resistance and inductance quickly and accurately.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
Samsung Describes Road to 14nm
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Samsung executive described the company's road to it 14nm FinFET process used for the Exynos chip in its latest smartphones.
Prototyping Fest Changes SF Streets
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
The Market Street Prototyping Festival is underway and has transformed sections of San Francisco's main thoroughfare into a maker/designer space.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
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4/6/2015   1 comment
The contest winners for the Association for Computing Machinery's ACM's) International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) are enumerated as well as Kurt Antreich who was honored for his outstanding achievements.
Analog EDA Finally Automated
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4/1/2015   8 comments
Reutlingen University has created automated techniques for designing analog circuits, the technology for which it transferred to Cadence, and Rob Rutenbar at the University of Illinois in Urbana described how to convince analog designers use the new tools.
Power & Signal Over A Single Wire Do More With Less
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3/31/2015   1 comment
If power together with signal is your goal, there are a number of different ways to get it done -- assuming ludicrous speed isn't a requirement, of course.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool
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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.
Embedded Job Market Expands, But Boomers Feel the Squeeze
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3/2/2015   12 comments
By almost any measure, the job market appears to be looking very good right now for embedded engineers. But not for everyone.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’
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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
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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.
What Drove CES 2015 Innovation? IP and IP Subsystems
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1/28/2015   8 comments
How do we manage all those blocks in an age of exploding block usage?
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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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
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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.
Free Is a Good Price, Especially for Process Design Kits
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1/14/2015   Post a comment
You have the algorithm you need to test. But you can't afford to manufacture something to prove it. Where do you get the information you need?
IoT Feels Unintended Consequences
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1/8/2015   13 comments
The Internet of Things will require more horsepower in datacenter servers and flexibility at end nodes for security -- issues that play well to FPGAs.
Auto IC Market: Revving Up Product Line Means Revving Up Reliability
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Many of the challenges faced by new entrants in the automotive IC market are attributed to the industry’s safety and reliability standards.
Nvidia Drives Tegra to TFlops
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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.
10 Creative Single-Board Computer Projects from Makers
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12/24/2014   2 comments
2014 was no slouch for DIY designs for single-board computers. From in-pocket security to robots for the arts, open-source hardware provided the basis for a plethora of interesting devices.
11 Views of IEDM
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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.
Spice Models Add Flavor to SOI
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The Compact Model Coalition has released a variety of new models for SOI devices and announced plans for work on GaN HEMT Spice model standards.
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
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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
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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
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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.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
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11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Dell Research Updates Progress
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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
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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.
Simulation 'Unknowns' & Synthesis 'Don’t Cares'
Blog  
11/5/2014   1 comment
The sheer complexity and common use of power management schemes increase the likelihood of an unknown “X” state in the design translating into a functional bug in the final chip.
Moving Towards Requirements-Driven Verification & Test
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10/22/2014   7 comments
A evaluation of the pros, cons, and potential obstacles to Requirements-Driven Verification and Test.
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?
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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
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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
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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.
$200M Photonics Effort to Keep US Ahead
News & Analysis  
10/3/2014   2 comments
President has included $100 million in his 2015 budget for an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute to be matched by the winning proposal to built it.
ARM Calls for 'Invisible' Technology
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10/2/2014   5 comments
While the physical size of silicon is ever shrinking, connectivity, performance, and efficiency need to be even less visible to consumers.
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