Crash Test Dummy Tenses Up Before Impact News & Analysis 7/8/2015 1 comment Toyota adds posture simulation to its virtual THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) crash test dummy, making it possible to simulate different body postures during subsequent phases of a collision.
Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm News & Analysis 5/29/2015 7 comments Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016 News & Analysis 5/27/2015 5 comments Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
DesignCon 2016 Welcomes Abstracts Blog 5/20/2015 Post a comment DesignCon fans, the time has come! If your work concerns signal integrity, power integrity, or the interference between the two in high-speed designs, then DesignCon is the conference for you to show your work and get feedback from your peers.
EAG Adds IC Analytical Tools News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment The company that specializes in failure analysis and testing has invested in new IR emission microscopes, scanning acoustic microscopy, and decapsulation tools.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares? News & Analysis 5/18/2015 5 comments Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed News & Analysis 5/7/2015 15 comments The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons Teardown 4/28/2015 11 comments We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Software Testing Needs More Automation Blog 4/13/2015 2 comments As software and hackers get more sophisticated, QA testing will gain importance. That will require more software QA engineers and more test automation. Software QA budgets are on the rise.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much News & Analysis 3/25/2015 9 comments At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC News & Analysis 3/23/2015 1 comment Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
The Measurement Pillow Blog 3/16/2015 1 comment The founder of a company called Proper Pillow is looking to crowd-fund a project to develop a pillow with sensors that monitor your sleep.
Tuning Test Compression Blog 3/11/2015 Post a comment Hard-to-detect faults, such as stuck-at and transition faults, have a huge impact on overall ATPG performance. One of the best predictors of these faults is the random resistance of a design.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1 Blog 3/11/2015 Post a comment ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 6 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Sorry, IP Isn't EDA Blog 2/17/2015 4 comments I overheard a conversation comparing the semiconductor IP business with the EDA business. At one point, they decided that “IP is EDA” because of the synergies between the two. While there are similarities, I beg to differ.
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.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
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.
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