Networking through dark silicon power islands

Networking through dark silicon power islands
by Don Dingee on 12-27-2015 at 7:00 am

For decades, tracing back to the days of Deming, the way to tackle complex engineering problems has been the pareto chart. Charting conditions and their contribution to the problem leads to mitigation priorities.

In the case of SoC power management, the old school pareto chart said the processor core was the biggest power hog and… Read More


More than just mobile phones for Mali

More than just mobile phones for Mali
by Don Dingee on 11-16-2015 at 12:00 pm

ARM TechCon 2015 was another tour de force for ARM and its ecosystem. Besides some of the developments in mobile, IoT, and security (more coming soon in the Epilogue of “Mobile Unleashed”), there were two topics that I found very educational and will cover in blogs this week. One was how the Mali family is powering more than just mobile… Read More


End of the Road for Micrel

End of the Road for Micrel
by Majeed Ahmad on 05-10-2015 at 7:00 pm

Micrel Inc., one of the oldest chipmakers in Silicon Valley, has been acquired by Chandler, Arizona–based Microchip Technology Inc. for $839 million. A pure-play analog chip house will go to one of the leading microcontroller suppliers after regulatory approval amid the consolidation wave that has engulfed the semiconductor… Read More


Have We Hit the Power Floor?

Have We Hit the Power Floor?
by Brian Fuller on 04-18-2015 at 7:00 am

As we celebrate the 50[SUP]th[/SUP] anniversary of the publication of Moore’s Law in Electronics Magazine (April 19, 1965), the industry finds itself in an increasingly costly global effort to keep transistor scaling on track. “Is Moore’s Law dead?” is a common question these days.

But practically speaking the doubling of transistor… Read More


A Re-look at TI’s Businesses, Strategies & Future

A Re-look at TI’s Businesses, Strategies & Future
by Pawan Fangaria on 06-09-2014 at 8:00 am

In recent days I’ve seen several long discussions about Texas Instrumentslosing its grip in semiconductor industry when it came out of a business it was strong in, i.e. wireless business. It seems the semiconductor community has not digested the fact that TI, very rightly, came out of the OMAP business at the right time. The smartphone… Read More


Non-separation of power and performance

Non-separation of power and performance
by Don Dingee on 06-04-2014 at 2:00 pm

How much power does a system consume? The simplistic path to power estimation for a system used to be tossing a few metrics – standby, typical, worst case, with figures pulled from a datasheet, simulation, or physical measurement – into a spreadsheet. After filling the remaining holes with SWAG (scientific wild-ass guesses), … Read More


Active Power Management in UPF Using SPICE, VHDL-AMS or Verilog-AMS

Active Power Management in UPF Using SPICE, VHDL-AMS or Verilog-AMS
by Daniel Payne on 05-31-2014 at 9:20 pm

My former co-worker, Kenneth Bakalar at Mentor Graphics is an expert in AMS modeling languages and UPFmethodology, so he recently teamed up with Eric Jeandeau to author an interesting white paper: Interpreting UPF for a Mixed-Signal Design Under Test. This white paper is based on a presentation made at DVCon earlier this year.… Read More