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International CES: Day Four

International CES: Day Four
by Bill Jewell on 01-08-2014 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 8.

Sensors are big at CES. Big as in many vendors and applications, but small in size. Sensors were prominent features in automobiles, PCs, tablets and mobile phones. But the most exciting is the relatively new area of digital health and fitness. CES has 366 exhibitors in this category, with most of them featuring… Read More


Patterns looking inside, not just between, logic cells

Patterns looking inside, not just between, logic cells
by Don Dingee on 12-27-2013 at 5:00 pm

Traditional logic testing relies on blasting pattern after pattern at the inputs, trying to exercise combinations to shake faults out of logic and hopefully have them manifested at an observable pin, be it a test point or a final output stage. It’s a remarkably inefficient process with a lot of randomness and luck involved.

Getting… Read More


IP-SoC 2013 Top Class Presentations…

IP-SoC 2013 Top Class Presentations…
by Eric Esteve on 11-10-2013 at 10:41 am

… were given to an ever shrinking audience. This is IP-SoC paradox: audience has enjoyed very good presentations made by TSMC (for the first time at IP-SoC, as far as I remember), SMIC, D&R, Gartner or ST-Microelectronic, to name just a few. The event is well organized, on the morning you can listen to keynotes in the largest … Read More


3DIC, the World Goes to…Burlingame

3DIC, the World Goes to…Burlingame
by Paul McLellan on 10-23-2013 at 2:09 pm

Image RemovedFor the tenth year, the big 3DIC conference takes place in the Hyatt Regency at Burlingame (just south of San Francisco Airport). Officially it is 3D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging or ASIP. This year there have already been some significant 3D announcements: TSMC’s 3D program,… Read More


How Asia Works, phase 1

How Asia Works, phase 1
by Paul McLellan on 10-15-2013 at 9:00 pm

Image RemovedThis is not too much about semiconductors so consider this an “off-topic” warning. But I think you should read on anyway.

TSMC will show up eventually but not yet.

I was in Asia at last week. Coincidentally, I had a book to read on the plane called How Asia Works by Joe Studwell. It looks at what has made Japan,… Read More


Back To The Future: 50th Anniversary of EDA

Back To The Future: 50th Anniversary of EDA
by Paul McLellan on 09-12-2013 at 1:03 pm

Image RemovedOctober 16[SUP]th[/SUP] at the Computer History Museum, EDAC is hosting EDA: Back to the Future to celebrate 50 years of EDA. EDAC always has a fall event of some sort and historically it has been the Kaufman Award Dinner. This year, the Kaufman Award was presented (to Chenming Hu) at 50[SUP]th[/SUP] DAC, so the fall… Read More


The Most Disturbing Economic Graphs Ever!

The Most Disturbing Economic Graphs Ever!
by Daniel Nenni on 08-11-2013 at 7:00 pm

After driving to Silicon Valley for the past 30 years I am acutely aware of traffic patterns and to me that directly relates to the economy. The recession of 2009 really hit traffic patterns with what I would estimate as a 20% unemployment rate in Silicon Valley. I could leave my home in Danville anytime of the day and have no traffic … Read More


Apple Goes All Amazonian

Apple Goes All Amazonian
by Ed McKernan on 08-01-2013 at 4:00 pm

Image RemovedIn the world of Tech Goliaths, the seemingly low tech, not for profit Amazon continues to amaze investors with a high and rising stock price. More so than Google, Amazon is considered to have retail all wrapped up with the end game being sky-high warehouses and continuous truck rolls up and down our scenic neighborhoods.… Read More


RFIC Design Challenges at #50DAC

RFIC Design Challenges at #50DAC
by Daniel Nenni on 05-31-2013 at 8:00 pm

Image RemovedRFIC developers used to favor mature silicon processes, typically staying back a couple of nodes behind the leading edge. This bought foundries time for ‘RF-enabling’ their PDKs, and also maximized return on investment for developing RF models and infrastructure IP. Not the case any more, it seems. To address theRead More


NanGate Launches Aggressive DAC Campaign: 50 Library Characterization Licenses for USD 50K

NanGate Launches Aggressive DAC Campaign: 50 Library Characterization Licenses for USD 50K
by Daniel Nenni on 05-30-2013 at 12:00 pm

NanGate today announced a very aggressive “50-50 campaign”. Throughout June and July and in celebration of DAC 50th anniversary, NanGate will be offering 50 licenses of its Library Characterizer™ product for USD 50K for the first year. The offer applies to new customers as well as to existing customers that do not yet license the… Read More