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Testing ARM Cores – Mentor and ARM Lunch Seminar

Testing ARM Cores – Mentor and ARM Lunch Seminar
by Beth Martin on 07-08-2012 at 8:29 pm

If you are involved in testing memory or logic of ARM-based designs, you’ll want to attend this free seminar on July 17, 2012 in Santa Clara. Mentor Graphics and ARM have a long standing partnership, and have optimized the Mentor test products (a.k.a Tessent) for the ARM processors and memory IP.

The lunch seminar runs from 10:30-1:00… Read More


Mind the Gap — Overcoming the processor-memory performance gap to unlock SoC performance

Mind the Gap — Overcoming the processor-memory performance gap to unlock SoC performance
by Sundar Iyer on 07-06-2012 at 3:25 pm

Remember the processor-memory gap— a situation where the processor is forced to stall while waiting for a memory operation to complete? This was largely a result of the high latency required for off chip memory accesses. Haven’t we solved that problem now with SoCs? SoCs are typically architected with their processors … Read More


IC Design at Novocell Semiconductor

IC Design at Novocell Semiconductor
by Daniel Payne on 07-05-2012 at 12:09 pm

In my circuit design past I did DRAM work at Intel, so I was interested in learning more about Novocell Semiconductor and their design of One Time Programmable (OTP) IP. Walter Novosell is the President/CTO of Novocell and talked with me by phone on Thursday.… Read More


Cadence’s NVM Express: fruit from subsystem IP based strategy

Cadence’s NVM Express: fruit from subsystem IP based strategy
by Eric Esteve on 07-02-2012 at 11:24 am

If we look at SoC design evolution, we have certainly successfully passed several steps: from transistor by transistor IC design using Calma up to design methodology based on the integration of 500K + gates IP like PCIe gen-3 Controller, one out of several dozens of IP integrated in today’ SoC for Set-Top-Box or Wireless Application… Read More


Synopsys IP Strategy 2012

Synopsys IP Strategy 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 07-01-2012 at 7:30 pm

Synopsys is the dominant player in the commercial EDA and semiconductor IP markets so it is always interesting to hear what John Koeter, Vice President of Marketing for IP, Services and System Level Solutions, has to say. John presented “The Role of IP in a Changing Landscape” at the SemiCO IMPACT Conference and I talked to him again… Read More


FinFET Standard Cells at DAC

FinFET Standard Cells at DAC
by Daniel Payne on 06-25-2012 at 11:45 am

Rajiv Bhateja, Dhrumil Gandhi and Neal Carney met with me at DAC on Wednesday to give an update on what’s new in 2012 for Tela Innovations, a provider of lithography optimized IP and tools. This team has a rich history in EDA and IP from companies like: ARM, Artisan, Mentor Graphics and Silicon Compilers.… Read More


Webinar: how to reduce mobile device cost and board space with LLI

Webinar: how to reduce mobile device cost and board space with LLI
by Eric Esteve on 06-24-2012 at 2:46 am

LLI Specification has been officially released by the MIPI Alliance, at the occasion of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this year. As indicated by the name, the round-trip latency of the LLI inter-chip connection is fast enough for a mobile phone modem to share an application processor’s memory while maintaining… Read More


Mike Muller’s ARM Keynote at DAC 2012

Mike Muller’s ARM Keynote at DAC 2012
by Paul McLellan on 06-21-2012 at 7:30 pm

Mike Muller’s keynote focused on a lot of changes since the ARM1 was designed in 1983 when ARM the company did not exist and ARM was the next generation processor for Acorn Computer, which was really in the hobby market and had its first boost when they had a contract to design the BBC Microcomputer to go along with a computer literacy… Read More


Cadence IP Strategy 2012

Cadence IP Strategy 2012
by Daniel Nenni on 06-17-2012 at 7:00 pm

As I mentioned in a previous blog Cadence Update 2012, Martin Lund is now in charge of the Cadence IP strategy. Martin read my first blog and wanted to exchange IP strategies so we met at DAC 2012 for a chat. Not only did Martin connect with me on LinkedIn, he also joined the SemiWiki LinkedIn group, which now has 4,000+ members. So yes,… Read More


The Black Swan that Catapulted Intel into 2012

The Black Swan that Catapulted Intel into 2012
by Ed McKernan on 06-14-2012 at 7:30 pm

Black Swan Events are not to be embraced, they are to be feared, if conventional wisdom holds true. And yet, the 2011 Black Swan that slammed the PC market (i.e. the Thailand Floods that wiped out a large part of the disk drive market) has turned out to be the key catalyst for reshaping the semiconductor industry in 2012 and 2013. Instead… Read More