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.
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.
Memory Trends: A Look Ahead
News & Analysis 1/7/2015 7 comments
EE Times recently spoke with Jennie Grosslight, the memory test product manager at Keysight Technologies, about what she thinks will be the prevailing memory trends in 2015.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 12/22/2014 5 comments
Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
Friday Quiz: S-Parameters
BeTheSignal 12/19/2014 1 comment
S-Parameters are no longer just for microwave engineers. High-speed digital designers need to know them and use them, too.
11 Views of IEDM
Slideshow 12/17/2014 4 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Blog 12/16/2014 2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.