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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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
Blog  
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.

CDNLive: Verification Challenges Driving Innovation
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3/6/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 CDN Live conference later this month, the vast majority of papers being debated at the show will focus on the challenges of delivering full functional design.
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.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
Google’s Project Ara: Who Are Real Targets?
Blog  
3/3/2014   16 comments
Call it a Lego phone, a modular phone, a DYI phone, or a totally customizable phone. Google's Project Ara is breaking a smartphone into modular pieces and letting people build custom phones.
Temperature Measurement Reference Design: Wide Range, Low Power
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/27/2014   1 comment
In industrial settings, temperature is one of the most widely measured and transmitted elements -- but it can be a power-sucking exercise.
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.
Sony Dumps PCs, Splits TV Op, Cuts 5,000 Jobs
Blog  
2/6/2014   26 comments
Sony dumps its PC business, splits its TV division and cuts 5,000 jobs, and issues a fiscal warning. But lacking is clarity: We all know what Sony was, but what is it becoming?
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