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Zero Power Sensing - We’ve become pretty good at reducing power in IoT edge devices, to the point that some are expected to run for up to 10 years on a single battery charge. But what if you wanted to go lower still or if, perhaps, your

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Power and Performance Optimization for Embedded FPGA's - Last month, I made a "no-brainer" forecast that 2017 would be the year in which embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP would emerge as a key differentiator for new SoC designs (link to the earlier article here). The fusion of several technical and market factors are motivating design teams to incorporate programmable logic functionality into their feature set: the NRE and qualification cost of a new SoC design is increasingly significantly, at newe...

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Plasmonics Integrates Photonics and Electronics - In the last year we have seen a marked increase in activity around the integrated photonics space, especially around silicon-based photonics. Last year the American Institute for Manufacturing of Photonics (better known as AIM Photonics) was started to boot-strap

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"Ten-hut!" Attending the Signal Integrity Bootcamp - The engineering team for the design and analysis of a complex system consists of a diverse set of skills -- with the increasing emphasis on both high-speed interface design and multi-domain power management, a critical constituent of the team is the group of signal integrity (SI) and power integrity (PI) engineers. The training of SI/PI engineers requires both breadth and depth of understanding of: electromagnetic fields transmission line...

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Mentor gets Busy at DVCon - You’d expect Mentor to be covering a lot of bases at DVCon and you wouldn’t be wrong. They’re hosting tutorials, a lunch, papers, posters, there's a panel and of course they’ll be on the exhibit floor. I’ll start with an

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CEO Interview: Srinath Anantharaman of ClioSoft - It will soon be 20 years since ClioSoft started its journey of selling design management software for the semiconductor industry. It was a slow start considering that designs were

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Mentor Plays for Keeps in Emulation - EDA has always been a fiercely competitive market, no more so than in emulation where the clash of claims and counter-claims can leave those of us on the sidelines wondering who’s really on top. Sales are the obvious indicator but leadership there flips back and forth between product releases. That makes Mentor’s choice to play a long game all the more interesting. This week they announced their Veloce Strato platform, raising the bar on specs again but...

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Could China Take the Lead in Installed 300mm Capacity? - China buys more than half of the semiconductors manufactured in the world and yet only produces less the 10% of their own demand. Recently there have been a lot of announcements out of China about large scale investments in semiconductor manufacturing. The Chinese government for example has announced plans to invest $161 billion dollars over ten years in semiconductor manufacturing. In terms of specific announcements Tsinghua Unigroup...

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Four Barriers to Using an SoC for IoT Projects - I often read about the large number of expected IoT design starts around the world, so I started to think about what the barriers are for launching this industry in order to meet the projections. One of my favorite IoT devices is the Garmin Edge 820, a computer for cyclists that has sensors for speed, cadence, power, heart rate, altitude and temperature. The Edge 820 also communicates with Bluetooth and ANT+ wireless protocols, and has GPS to...

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Aldec Rounds Out ALINT-PRO Checker - If there’s anyone out there who still doesn’t accept the importance of static RTL verification in the arsenal of functional verification methods, I haven’t met any recently. That wasn’t the case in my early days in this field. Back then I grew used to hearing “I don’t make mistakes in my RTL”, “I’ll catch that in simulation”, “My editor automatically sets the RTL up correctly” and variants on these confident statements of infallibility.
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