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.
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.
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.
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.
New DARPA Program Targets Bootleg Components News & Analysis 3/5/2014 9 comments Counterfeit components remain the scourge of electronics OEMs. The Pentagon is looking to the engineering community for a solution that will authenticate parts at any step in the supply chain.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
MWC: Best Wearables for Navel Gazers Blog 2/25/2014 22 comments The Mobile World Congress is showcasing a whole new generation of wearables you have to strap on to your wrist. Junko Yoshida says they are designed for navel gazers, and selfies are for idiots.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required News & Analysis 2/25/2014 24 comments Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
What’s Happening at SPIE? Blog 2/20/2014 Post a comment As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive News & Analysis 2/18/2014 12 comments Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented News & Analysis 2/18/2014 3 comments Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Google Ramps Up Chip Design News & Analysis 2/12/2014 29 comments Evidence is mounting that Google is ramping up a broad and deep chip design capability, but its focus and timing are still unclear.
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma' Blog 2/10/2014 1 comment Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians Blog 2/10/2014 Post a comment Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block? News & Analysis 2/7/2014 49 comments Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up News & Analysis 1/28/2014 4 comments The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
Nvidia’s G-Sync Nears Gamers' Nirvana Blog 1/27/2014 11 comments The Holy Grail in computer graphics and in particular games is the suspension of disbelief. If the graphics are good enough the player will become immersed and lose himself in the game.
Slashing Costs in 3D IC Wafer Process News & Analysis 1/27/2014 3 comments AML has filed a patent for its newly developed vacuum wafer carrier solution, using carriers with etched micro-patterns that allow for a vacuum to be created between the carrier and the wafer to be processed.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon News & Analysis 1/23/2014 2 comments Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile News & Analysis 1/16/2014 6 comments TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp News & Analysis 1/13/2014 8 comments As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined News & Analysis 1/13/2014 4 comments Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It Blog 1/8/2014 22 comments Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing News & Analysis 1/3/2014 10 comments Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle News & Analysis 12/18/2013 25 comments Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
How Do I...? Blog 12/17/2013 16 comments What happens when design engineers get fed up with the hacked-together code or process they’ve used for the past two projects, and want to find a better way to do it?
‘Electrification Factor’ in Transportation Blog 12/16/2013 24 comments Electric vehicles currently on the market represent a beneficial new direction in terms of sustainable, low-impact transportation. Yet the EV market today tends to obscure a much bigger picture as we pursue the "electrification of transportation."
We Drive Less: True or False? News & Analysis 12/12/2013 38 comments The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.