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.
Analog EDA Finally Automated
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 9 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.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
News & Analysis 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
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.