X-Pessimism: A Realistic Approach is Needed
Blog 12/8/2015 9 comments
A gate-level simulator is pessimistic when a signal does not resolve to a known logic value (0 or 1), a sign something is off. The fix can mean months of work. How can pessimism be fixed without getting too depressing?
ARM Sizes Up Moore’s Law
News & Analysis 12/7/2015 3 comments
It’s getting harder and more costly to make chips smaller and faster, but there is still hope for advancing Moore’s Law, said an ARM researcher at IEDM.
Verizon Unveils ThingSpace IoT Platform
News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment
Verizon wants to connect billions of things within the space of its 4G LTE network. The company announced an Internet of Things development platform, ThingSpace, that aims to lower the barrier to entry for connectivity in smart cities, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and sharing platforms.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson
Blog 10/16/2015 10 comments
The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 6 comments
Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs
News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments
Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
News & Analysis 9/15/2015 5 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
Post-Silicon Tech Compared
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 4 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation is creating a joint benchmarking effort with Georgia Tech to guide post-silicon era electronics development at IBM, Intel, Freescale and Texas Instruments.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Nanotech Hub Targets 7nm, Beyond
Slideshow 8/27/2015 2 comments
We toured the College of Nanoscience and Engineering, part of a State University of New York campus, a hub for advanced semiconductor manufacturing research in areas such as lithography, 450mm wafers, and new materials as well as photonics, biotech and workforce development.
Giga-Scale Challenges Plague Memory Design
Blog 8/27/2015 Post a comment
Advanced designs are more complex and larger than ever before and designers are balancing between accuracy and performance for large scale memory simulation and verification, fine-tuning options and settings for each circuit type
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
10 Views of Semicon West
Slideshow 7/17/2015 4 comments
Systems-in-package could prop up a semiconductor industry falling off Moore’s Law, but hopes IoT will be the next driver may be too optimistic.
10nm Chips Promise Lower Costs
Blog 6/15/2015 38 comments
The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR
News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment
Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Simulate Your Buck-Converter Control Loop
Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments
Stabilizing the control loop of a voltage-mode (VM) or current-mode (CM) buck converter can be confusing, even intimidating, to non-power engineers. This article shows simple VM and CM SPICE simulation models that can predict your results with accuracy and provide a deeper understanding of key power block functions.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools
News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments
Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
News & Analysis 5/28/2015 18 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
News & Analysis 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.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
News & Analysis 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.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
News & Analysis 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.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
News & Analysis 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.