5G Calls for New Transceiver Architectures

5G Calls for New Transceiver Architectures
by Tom Simon on 04-20-2021 at 6:00 am

5G Architecture

5G phones are now the top tier devices from many manufactures, and 5G deployment is accelerating in many regions. While 4G/LTE has served us well, 5G is necessary to support next-generation telecommunication needs. It will be used heavily by consumers and industry because it supports many new use cases. There is an excellent white… Read More


Low Energy SoCs with Near Threshold Voltage

Low Energy SoCs with Near Threshold Voltage
by Tom Simon on 04-15-2021 at 6:00 am

Low Energy Efficiency

There is an important difference between low power and low energy in SOC design. Low power focuses on instantaneous power consumption. This is frequently done to deal with cooling and heat dissipation issues. Of course, it serves as a prerequisite for low energy design, which seeks to reduce overall power consumption over time.… Read More


WEBINAR: Pulsic’s Animate Makes Automated Analog Layout a Reality

WEBINAR: Pulsic’s Animate Makes Automated Analog Layout a Reality
by Tom Simon on 03-30-2021 at 10:00 am

Pulsic Webinar

Many years ago, digital and analog design flows diverged, with digital design benefiting from increasing levels of automation and more importantly separation between the front-end design process and the back-end design process. While digital design still requires linkages between the front and back end, they are well defined… Read More


Smarter Product Lifecycle Management for Semiconductors

Smarter Product Lifecycle Management for Semiconductors
by Tom Simon on 03-24-2021 at 10:00 am

Lifecycle Management for Silicon

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for electronic systems has moved from a passive ‘fire and forget’ approach to one that is intimately involved not only during design, but also throughout the entire life of every unit delivered to the field. Siemens EDA has a white paper titled “Tessent Silicon Lifecycle Solutions” that talks… Read More


Observation Scan Solves ISO 26262 In-System Test Issues

Observation Scan Solves ISO 26262 In-System Test Issues
by Tom Simon on 03-23-2021 at 10:00 am

Observation scan for ISO 26262

Automotive electronic content has been growing at an accelerating pace, along with a shift from infotainment toward mission critical functions such as traction control, safety systems, engine control, autonomous driving, etc. The ISO 26262 automotive electronics safety standard evolved to help ensure that these systems… Read More


IP and Software Speeds up TWS Earbud SoC Development

IP and Software Speeds up TWS Earbud SoC Development
by Tom Simon on 03-18-2021 at 10:00 am

CEVA Bluebud TWS Platform

The global market for earphones and headphones in 2020 is estimated to have been $34B and is expanding at a compound rate of over 20% per year. Of this almost 50% is said to be earphones which are shifting rapidly to True Wireless Stereo (TWS). We have seen the sales of TWS devices grow from 1M units is 2016 to 109M units in 2019, though … Read More


Enabling Edge AI Vision with RISC-V and a Silicon Platform

Enabling Edge AI Vision with RISC-V and a Silicon Platform
by Tom Simon on 03-15-2021 at 10:00 am

AI Chipset Market

AI vision processing moving to the edge is an undeniable industry trend. OpenFive, the custom silicon business unit of SiFive, discusses this trend with compelling facts in their recent paper titled “Enabling AI Vision at the Edge.” AI vision is being deployed in many applications, such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities, … Read More


USB 3.2 Helps Deliver on Type-C Connector Performance Potential

USB 3.2 Helps Deliver on Type-C Connector Performance Potential
by Tom Simon on 03-08-2021 at 10:00 am

USB 3.2 Lane Usage

Despite sounding like a minor enhancement version for USB, USB 3.2 introduces many important changes for the USB specification. To see where USB has come from and where it is going, it is essential to look at what is found in USB 3.2. The other salient point is that now the Type-C connector has split out from the underlying USB specification… Read More


USB4 Makes Interfacing Easy, But is Hard to Implement

USB4 Makes Interfacing Easy, But is Hard to Implement
by Tom Simon on 03-02-2021 at 10:00 am

USB4 Verification IP

USB made its big splash by unifying numerous connections into a single cable and interface. At the time there were keyboard ports, mouse ports, printer ports and many others. Over the years USB has delivered improved performance and greater functionality. However, as serial interfaces became more popular and started being used… Read More


FD-SOI Offers Refreshing Performance and Flexibility for Mobile Applications

FD-SOI Offers Refreshing Performance and Flexibility for Mobile Applications
by Tom Simon on 02-25-2021 at 10:00 am

FD SOI Advantages

SoC designers often have to make a, “red pill or blue pill,” decision when it comes to selecting process technology. Usually, a choice has to be made between performance, power and area, with one being prioritized at the expense of the others. However, as is pointed out in a recent paper by Mixel and NXP, designers can have the best … Read More