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    VW Emisaions: This Will Be Expensive I Expect

    The EPA has caught Volkswagen spoofing the clean air compliance by making the engine control unit detect when it is being tested for compliance (by noticing that the steering wheel is not moving, for example) and then being compliant, while delivering more torque and acceleration and pollution...
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    Intel Ending Science Talent Search: I Just Found Some

    As reported last week in the forum, Intel is (short sightedly in my mind) stopping their sponsorship of science talent search. But here are two girls aged 10 and 8 sending a balloon to the edge of space with two GoPRo cameras (that seem to have been provided by GoPro so at least someone is...
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    The Economist Gets It Wrong

    This week's Economist contains their Technology Quarterly, which contains a piece on Moore's Law. Some of it seems to have been written by Intel but in the end it does get to the point that 28nm is the lowest cost per transistor and since then it has been going up. But it doesn't mention double...
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    Looks like Mentor had a very strong quarter

    From the press release: On an 8% increase in revenue, GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses grew less than 1.5% year on year. Second quarter revenue exceeded guidance by 12% while non-GAAP EPS was up over 150% versus guidance. Cash flow, another important metric, was...
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    Must-read article on Automotive Security Breach

    Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on...
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    Alexa Rankings: Top Ten List

    I just checked on Alexa to make sure Google was still ahead of Facebook before I posted in another thread. I thought people might be interested to know the top 10 Alexa sites, the most visited sites on the net: Google Facebook YouTube (treated separately from Google it seems) Yahoo Baidu (the...
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    ARM Earnings Transcript

    The transcript from last quarter's earnings call is here. No big surprises that I noticed.
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    Apple making 93% of profits of mobile industry

    According to Cannacord Genuity, Apple is now making 93% of all the profit in the smartphone industry. Samsung's share is down to 9%. Let me see, 93% + 9% = 102% so the rest of the industry, in aggregate, is losing money. That is not to say that everyone is losing money, for example Sony was...
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    Samsung and Apple and TSMC

    TSMC's stock has been depressed recently since people seem to think that Apple doing well is bad for TSMC since it is bad for Qualcomm. I don't get it. Firstly, TSMC build the application processor, so there is nothing but upside there. And Qualcomm build the modem so there is nothing but upside...
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    Call for Papers for SEMICON West. Deadline March 20th

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — January 7, 2015 — SEMI today announced a “Call for Papers” for SEMICON West, North America’s premier microelectronics event, to be held July 14-16 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. The “Call for Papers” includes the Semiconductor Technology Symposium and the...
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    Most popular Udemy courses just $10

    I talked about Sebastian Thrum recently when he gave the keynote at SNUG. Among is other accomplishments he is the founder of Udemy. Some of their courses are quite expensive (iOS developer is $495 for example). But for the next day or two all the most popular courses, including that one, are...
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    Control and Status Register Verification

    Control & Status Register Verification A modern SoC has a large number of Control and Status (CS) registers -- even small IP blocks can have hundred(s) of such registers. Writing testbenches to verify even the most basic read/write behaviors is a time-consuming chore that doesn’t scale easily...
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    Low Power Verification

    The High Cost of Low Power Almost all devices today need to employ at least one low power design strategy. Unfortunately low power design & optimization techniques can significantly impact the structural and behavioral elements of the original design, mandating verification of the safe entry and...
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    Security Path Verification

    If the Hardware Isn’t Secure, You Can Forget About the Software Most modern SoCs handle some form of sensitive information on-board: credit card numbers, private encryption keys, device identifiers, serial numbers, sensitive healthcare or military information, etc. If this hardware is not...
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    Coverage Closure Verification

    Coverage Metrics for Formal Environments and Simulation For years, formal users have struggled for ways to report their progress to simulation-centric managers. While the discovery rate of critical bugs is obviously a helpful metric, the bug rate itself is a very coarse measurement that doesn’t...
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    Semiconductor Technologies for 2012

    Every year, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK) conducts a survey on equipment and timing of various features in the semiconductor industry. The results from last year's survey cover what features survey respondents expected to be in production use this year, 2012: Double patterning...
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    Robert Noyce would have been 84 today

    Today's Google Doodle highlights that Robert Noyce, who died in 1990, would have been 84 today. Noyce, at Fairchild (and then Intel) along with Kilby (at TI) are generally credited with the invention of the integrated circuit, without which we wouldn't be reading this, or working in the...
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    Steve Jobs died today

    Apple just announced that Steve Jobs has died. There will be lots of tributes in the days to come, but any way you look at what he achieved it is amazing. Not just founding Apple in the first place, but then buying what became Pixar, the most successful animation company ever. And then...
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