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Intel’s Fait Accompli Foundry Strategy

Intel’s Fait Accompli Foundry Strategy
by Ed McKernan on 04-05-2012 at 1:09 am

As many analysts have noted, it is difficult to imagine what Intel’s foundry business will look like one, two or even three years down the road because this is all new and what leading fabless player would place their well being in the hands of one who is totally new at the game. I would like to suggest there is a strategy in place that will… Read More


DAC Pavilion Panels

DAC Pavilion Panels
by Paul McLellan on 04-05-2012 at 12:00 am

Once again DAC has a full program of panel sessions that take place on the exhibit floor at the DAC pavilion, aka booth 310.

Gary Smith kicks off the program with his annual “What’s Hot at DAC” presentation on Monday, June 4th, from 9:15-10:15am. The rest of Monday’s pavilion panels are:

  • “Low power to the people,” a panel discussing
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GSA Silicon Summit at the Computer History Museum!

GSA Silicon Summit at the Computer History Museum!
by Daniel Nenni on 04-04-2012 at 9:52 pm

The first GSA Silicon Summit will address the complexity, availability and time-to-market challenges that the industry must overcome to enable low power, cost effective solutions to keep pace with Moore’s Law. With never ending customer demand of better, faster and cheaper, semiconductor manufacturers must continually… Read More


U2U Mentor Users’ Group

U2U Mentor Users’ Group
by Paul McLellan on 04-04-2012 at 10:58 am

Mentor’s U2U user group meeting in Santa Clara is next week on April 12th at the Santa Clara Marriott. For those of you on the east coast the Waltham U2U is on May 16th, and for Europeans the Munich U2U will be on October 25th. Registration is open for both Santa Clara and Waltham, and there is a call for papers for Munich.

The day … Read More


How Co-design of MEMS-IC Saves Time

How Co-design of MEMS-IC Saves Time
by Daniel Payne on 04-04-2012 at 10:18 am

I learned about MEMS layout automation at a webinar in December and plan to attend another webinar next week on April 10thwhere two companies have created a MEMS-IC co-design flow, Tanner EDA and SoftMEMS. The big challenge is to ensure that the MEMS and electronic parts of a new design will simulate correctly before committing … Read More


Jasper Asian Seminars

Jasper Asian Seminars
by Paul McLellan on 04-04-2012 at 1:38 am

Jasper has three seminars coming up in May in Hsinchu (Taiwan), Beijing and Shanghai. These are full-day seminars on how to solve critical verification challenges using state-of-the-art formal technology. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

This full-day tutorial will be given by technical experts for verification experts… Read More


ARM big.LITTLE Virtual Platforms

ARM big.LITTLE Virtual Platforms
by Paul McLellan on 04-03-2012 at 7:11 pm

You have probably heard something about ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. This links a Cortex-A15 multi-core CPU with a Cortex-A7 CPU. The A15 is a high-performance processor and the A7 is a very low power processor. The basic idea is that when high-performance is required (playing a graphical video game on your smartphone,… Read More


Conquering the Big Data Challenges

Conquering the Big Data Challenges
by Beth Martin on 04-02-2012 at 4:38 pm

Extrapolating the trends from last 20 years to the next ten suggests that we will be implementing a trillion transistors or more by 2020. At 20nm, with the chip sizes touching billions of transistors, the age old problem of how to implement a design in the most efficient manner remains unanswered. … Read More


EDA on the iPad

EDA on the iPad
by Daniel Payne on 04-02-2012 at 1:16 pm

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I started a forum discussion about running Schematic Capture and SPICE on an iPad back in January, since then I bought an iPad 3rd generation and tried out that app.

It was easy to visit the App store, find the Spicy Schematic Capture app, download and start learning how to use their schematic and SPICE circuit simulator.… Read More


DAC 2012 Technical Program Highlights

DAC 2012 Technical Program Highlights
by Daniel Nenni on 04-01-2012 at 11:00 pm

The technical program for DAC 2012 has an exceptional quality of technical papers, panels, special sessions, WACI (Wild and Crazy Ideas), WIP (Work In Progress), full day tutorials and user-track. The program is tailored for researchers and developers focused on electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and … Read More