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.
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.
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 9 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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