Quantum mechanics saves Santa Blog 12/17/2010 2 comments With regard to my previous blog on Santa Claus, someone on the Yahoo How Things Work (HTW) group has located a rather interesting rebuttal (“It’s all Quantum,” as Terry Pratchett would say)…
Mentor sues EVE in Tokyo, EVE responds News & Analysis 12/17/2010 5 comments EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against French emulation tools vendor EVE SA before the Tokyo District Court. EVE instantly said it prevailed against Mentor’s infringement allegation.
Carbon adds ARM models to Carbon IP Exchange Product News 12/17/2010 Post a comment Carbon Design Systems has added implementation-accurate models of the ARM Cortex-A5 and the ARM Cortex-M4 processors to Carbon IP Exchange, the company's web-based portal with a library of more than 100 system-level models from IP vendors.
Semantic design startup raises $3 million News & Analysis 12/16/2010 3 comments High-level EDA startup Chip Path Design Systems Inc. has announced that it has raised $3 million in Series A funding from a team comprising Scientific Ventures, Lanza TechVentures, and Xilinx Corp.
Automating rule sets for safety-critical HDL coding Design How-To 12/14/2010 5 comments During the development process for safety-critical designs, all precautions should be taken to prevent device failures from all foreseeable sources, including those due to poor design methods and processes. Poor process, such as a lack of standards, may seem innocuous but can, in fact, be a significant cause of device bugs.
Transforming the U.S. semiconductor business model Blog 12/13/2010 11 comments In the Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry is very much yesterday’s news, ignored by venture capitalists, talented employees and trade publications. That makes industry pundits wonder what’s happening to the U.S. semiconductor industry, especially the startups who aspire to become another Atheros, Marvell or NVIDIA.
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 Blog 12/7/2010 23 comments Here are some more rambling musings with regard to migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, including a simple (yet cunning) idea that could potentially make someone a lot of money…
Analog design quality closure: What’s missing from current flows? Design How-To 12/7/2010 3 comments AMS circuit design requires the adoption of specific recipes, the sharing of past experiences, and a huge number of design explorations with different constraints and parameters. To speed convergence towards design quality closure, we need a methodology to turn analog design practices into formalized rules and to automate the monitoring of quality metrics.
Alien life and Metropolis II Blog 12/3/2010 1 comment So here’s the deal – yesterday evening while sitting in my car waiting for my son to get out of school I was searching for alien life (as you do) when I ran across Metropolis II…
Overcoming 32/28-nm IC implementation challenges Design How-To 12/3/2010 1 comment There are numerous challenges when working at the 32/28-nm node, including low-power design, crosstalk effects, process variability, and a dramatic increase in the number of operating modes and corners.
Magma hits targets, but swings to loss News & Analysis 12/2/2010 2 comments Magma Design Automation said it exceeded all guidance targets for a seventh consecutive quarter, but the company reported a GAAP net loss after posting a profit in the year-ago quarter.
Programmable ICs: the next Innovation Engine Design How-To 12/2/2010 7 comments The potential of programmable ICs seems endless; however in 2010 these devices will only capture up to 2% of the global semiconductor market. In order to grow further, the programmable industry must address some fundamental challenges.
IP revenue to decline beyond 2014, says Gartner News & Analysis 12/2/2010 Post a comment By 2014, the number of third-party semiconductor design IP blocks in an average chip design will double from the current level, according to Gartner Inc. However, average license and royalty revenues will continue to decline.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments