Less Haste More Speed – The Importance of Test Engineers

Less Haste More Speed – The Importance of Test Engineers
by Ramsay Allen on 10-18-2020 at 8:00 am

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Back in September 2019 semiengineering.com published an article called “The Hidden Potential of Test Engineers”. This article was of particular interest to me having previously worked as a mixed signal test development engineer.

Within the article Carl Moore explained that test engineers have the potential to increase revenue.… Read More


5G, Hyperscaling and the Resurgence of Consumer Silicon

5G, Hyperscaling and the Resurgence of Consumer Silicon
by Ramsay Allen on 10-04-2020 at 6:00 am

TSMC 5G OIP 2020

At the recent TSMC OIP Ecosystem Forum and Technology virtual events, TSMC re-affirmed their previous prediction that 5G is going to be a multi-year silicon mega-trend with the biggest drivers being the ramp up of 5G handsets, supporting infrastructure and the continued growth of high performance computing (HPC).

We all want… Read More


From Moore’s Law to Moortec’s Law!

From Moore’s Law to Moortec’s Law!
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 09-20-2020 at 10:00 am

Moortecs Law

No-one likes being put on the spot and yet we all like a forecast…and as we all know, the only guarantee with a forecast is that it is wrong. Sports commentators have carved out a special niche for themselves with the ‘commentators curse’, just as they extol the virtues of an individual or a team, the sporting gods prove them wrong in … Read More


In-Chip Monitoring Helps Manage Data Center Power

In-Chip Monitoring Helps Manage Data Center Power
by Tom Simon on 09-07-2020 at 6:00 am

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Designers spend plenty of time analyzing the effects of process, voltage and temperature. But everyone knows it’s not enough to simply stop there. Operating environments are tough and have lots of limitations, especially when it comes to power consumption and thermal issues. Thermal protection and even over-voltage protections… Read More


A Historical Case for Precision – or How a Gun Made in a Dungeon Changed the World

A Historical Case for Precision – or How a Gun Made in a Dungeon Changed the World
by Lee Vick on 08-26-2020 at 10:00 am

Flintlock Mechanism Wikipedia

We take for granted today the staggering precision of modern technology. Cars, electronics, robots and medical equipment, all come off the factory floor composed of effortlessly interchangeable parts; but this was not always the case. In the late 18th century most things that required any kind of precision were made by hand, … Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec … Ask Yourself a “Probing” Question?

Talking Sense With Moortec … Ask Yourself a “Probing” Question?
by Ramsay Allen on 07-16-2020 at 10:00 am

Managing and controlling thermal conditions in-chip is nothing new and embedded temperature monitoring has been going on for many years. What is changing however, is the granularity and accuracy of the sensing now available to SoC design teams. Thermal activity can be quite destructive and if not sufficiently monitored can … Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec…Speak No Evil!

Talking Sense With Moortec…Speak No Evil!
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 06-08-2020 at 10:00 am

Speak no Evil Moortec

In the first of this blog trilogy, Talking Sense with Moortec…’Are you listening’,  I looked at not waiting for hindsight to be wise after the event, instead make use of what’s available and act ahead of time. In the second, Talking Sense with Moortec…’See no evil’, we bizarrely saw how Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Nelson and Clint… Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec…See No Evil!

Talking Sense With Moortec…See No Evil!
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 05-21-2020 at 10:00 am

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In the first of this blog trilogy, Talking Sense with Moortec…’Are you listening’, I looked at not waiting for hindsight to be wise after the event, instead make use of what’s available and act ahead of time.

There’s a Japanese maxim, depicting three ‘wise’ monkeys… Kikazaru, Mizaru, and Iwazaru, better known as ‘hear no evil, … Read More


Talking Sense With Moortec…Are You Listening?!

Talking Sense With Moortec…Are You Listening?!
by Tim Penhale-Jones on 05-04-2020 at 10:00 am

Ear no evil

It almost doesn’t matter what your job may be, whether in the public sector or a private company, or how technical or how dangerous, many of life’s adages and sayings can be interpreted to have some direct meaning for all of us.

Over the years in our personal lives, we have been constantly advised that prevention is better than cure…certainly… Read More


Optimizing power and increasing data throughput in advanced multi-core AI/ML/DL devices

Optimizing power and increasing data throughput in advanced multi-core AI/ML/DL devices
by Daniel Nenni on 04-26-2020 at 8:00 am

If you are working on complex Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) or Deep Learning (DL) designs using advanced node processes, you will understand the motivations for optimising CPU utilisation, device power and processing speed. Cutting-edge AI, ML & DL chips, by their very nature, are susceptible to… Read More