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S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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.


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