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Dover Microsystems Spins New Approach to Security

Dover Microsystems Spins New Approach to Security
by Bernard Murphy on 11-22-2018 at 7:00 am

One of the companies I met at ARM TechCon was Dover Microsystems who offer a product in embedded security. You might ask why we need yet another security solution. Surely we’re overloaded with security options from ARM and many others in the forms of TEEs, secure boots, secure enclaves and so on? Why do we need more? Because defending… Read More


eSilicon and SiFive partner for Next-Generation SerDes IP

eSilicon and SiFive partner for Next-Generation SerDes IP
by Daniel Nenni on 08-10-2018 at 12:00 pm

While writing “Mobile Unleashed: The Origin and Evolution of ARM Processors In Our Devices” it was very clear to me that ARM was an IP phenomenon that I did not believe would ever be repeated. Clearly I was wrong as we now have RISC-V with an incredible adoption rate, a full fledged ecosystem, and top tier implementers… Read More


SiFive Unveils E2 Core IP Series for Smallest, Lowest Power RISC-V Designs

SiFive Unveils E2 Core IP Series for Smallest, Lowest Power RISC-V Designs
by Camille Kokozaki on 07-06-2018 at 12:00 pm

Fully configurable with advanced feature sets allows for broad applications, including microcontrollers, IoT, wearables, and smart cards

The E20 and E21 add to the growing list of SiFive RISC-V cores addressing the embedded controller, IoT, wearables, smart toys. On June 25, DAC opening day, SiFive announced the availability… Read More


DAC 2018 Potpourri

DAC 2018 Potpourri
by Alex Tan on 07-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

The venue
Despite of being held at the new three-story Moscone West building, this year 55th DAC in San Francisco bore many similarities as compared with last year’s. Similar booth decors and floorplan positioning of the big two, Synopsys and Cadence, which were across of each other and right next to the first floor entrance –although… Read More


RISC-V Ready (Tools) Set (Security) Go (Build)

RISC-V Ready (Tools) Set (Security) Go (Build)
by Camille Kokozaki on 06-26-2018 at 12:00 pm

The second Bay Area RISC-V Meetup event was held at the DoubleTree Hilton in Burlingame on June 19 with about 150 attendees. This event was hosted by SiFive and started with a networking session. The topics and speakers for the evening were:

  • Commercial Software Tools – Larry Lapides, Imperas
  • Securing RISC-V Processors
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Webinar: RISC-V IoT Security IP

Webinar: RISC-V IoT Security IP
by Daniel Nenni on 05-23-2018 at 7:00 am

Disruptive technology and disruptive business models are the lifeblood of the semiconductor industry. My first disruptive experience was with Artisan Components in 1998. The semiconductor industry started cutting IP groups which resulted in a bubble of start-up IP companies including Artisan, Virage Logic, Aspec Technologies,… Read More


The Rise and Fall of ARM Holdings

The Rise and Fall of ARM Holdings
by Daniel Nenni on 05-16-2018 at 7:00 am

Publishing a book on the history of ARM was an incredible experience. In business it is always important to remember how you got to where you are today to better prepare for where you are going tomorrow. The book “Mobile Unleashed” started at the beginning of ARM (Acorn Computer) where a company went from a crazy idea a couple of engineers… Read More


Worldwide Design IP Revenue Grew 12.4% in 2017

Worldwide Design IP Revenue Grew 12.4% in 2017
by Daniel Nenni on 05-11-2018 at 7:00 am

When starting SemiWiki we focused on three market segments: EDA, IP, and the Foundries. Founding SemiWiki bloggers Daniel Payne and Paul McLellan were popular EDA bloggers with their own sites and I blogged about the foundries so we were able to combine our blogs and hit the ground running. For IP I recruited Dr. Eric Esteve who had… Read More