NoC, NoC: Your Chip May Be Under Attack

NoC, NoC: Your Chip May Be Under Attack
by Paul McLellan on 01-03-2014 at 12:37 pm

SoCs face a lot of issues related to security and the Network-on-Chip (NoC) is in a good position to facilitate system-wide services. SoCs are now so complex that one of the challenges is to make sure that the chip does what it is meant to do and doesn’t do what it isn’t meant to do. Just as in software, security used to be … Read More


Designing Power Management ICs

Designing Power Management ICs
by Paul McLellan on 09-20-2013 at 5:49 pm

With all the focus in design on SoCs in the latest sexy process (Hi-K Metal Gate! FinFETs!) it is easy to forget all the other chips that go into a system. When we say “system on a chip” there are actually very few systems that really get everything onto a single chip. One of the big areas that usually cannot go on the latest… Read More


Scan the horizon, P1687 takes us higher

Scan the horizon, P1687 takes us higher
by Don Dingee on 07-31-2013 at 6:00 pm

The tech standards cycle almost always goes like this: Problems or limits develop with the existing way of doing things. Innovators attempt to engineer solutions, usually many of them. Chaos ensues when customers figure out nothing new works with anything else. Competitors sit down and agree on a specification where things work… Read More


Media Tablet & Smartphones to generate $6 Billion market in… power management IC segment by 2012, says IPnest

Media Tablet & Smartphones to generate $6 Billion market in… power management IC segment by 2012, says IPnest
by Eric Esteve on 11-15-2011 at 10:59 am

With worldwide annual media tablet shipments forecast changing –growing- almost every quarter, the latest from ABI research calling for shipment to approach 100 million units in 2012 and passing 150 million in 2014, with the same kind of forecast for smartphone passing 400 million units this year (438 million) and approaching… Read More


Semiconductor RTL Power Analysis: the sweet spot

Semiconductor RTL Power Analysis: the sweet spot
by Paul McLellan on 04-26-2011 at 4:20 pm

Power has become the strongest driver of semiconductor design today, more important than area, more important than timing. Whether the device is handheld, like a wireless phone, or tethered, like a router, complex power and energy requirements must be met. Shrinking geometries continue to impose new challenges as power management… Read More