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Another Interesting Thing From TSMC! - As I mentioned in my previous post, the TSMC investor call this month was very interesting and Morris Chang was in fine form during the Q&A. As a semiconductor professional I think some of the questions are ridiculous but maybe they have value to the financial people. This one question from Randy, who I think is very astute, is SemiWiki discussion worthy: Randy Abrams Yes, thank you. The first question, I wanted to ask your outlook is more in line with...
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Fan-Out Wafer Level Processing Gets Boost from Mentor TSMC Collaboration
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Missteps in Securing Autonomous Vehicles - Recently an autonomous car company highlighted some plans to keep their vehicles safe from hacking. Yet their plans won’t actually make them secure. Such gaffs highlight issues across many different industries where cybersecurity is not sufficiently understood by manufacturers to deliver products hardened against attack. The result, in the case of autonomous vehicles, could be catastrophic.
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Where the Emerging Tech Jobs Are - There’s an article published in InfoWorld on jobs trends in several emerging tech areas. The trends are based on analysis of job postings and job-seeker searches from the beginning of 2014, sourced by Indeed.com. I would have
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DesignCon 2017 and Mentor Graphics - It's hard to believe but this is DesignCon #22 and being a Silicon Valley conference I have attended my fair share of them. This year it seems like high speed communications will take the lead followed by the latest on PCB
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Intel Conveys Compute Card Capabilities at CES - Intel is once again adding a new computing form factor to the mix. At CES Intel announced its new Intel Compute Card. It combines CPU, GPU, DRAM, storage, WiFi, and communications inside a small modular housing slightly larger than a credit card and about 5mm thick. Intel already offers its Compute Stick, but it is limited in its interface options. The compute Stick only supports HDMI along with USB and WiFi, making it a bit limited. Unlike t...
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Adversarial Machine Learning - It had to happen. We’ve read about hacking deep learning / machine learning, so now there is a discipline emerging around studying and defending against potential attacks. Of course, the nature of attacks isn’t the same; you can’t really
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TCAD Simulation of Organic Optoelectronic Devices - In my office there are plenty of LED displays for me to look at throughout the day: three 24" displays from Viewsonic, a 15" display from Apple, an iPad, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a Nexus tablet, a Garmin 520 bike computer, and a temperature display. LED and OLED displays are ubiquitous in all sorts of consumer electronics, so there must be some clever way that engineers simulate and design these. To learn more about OLED and LED devices I ...
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IP development strategy and hockey - One of the greatest hockey players of all time, Wayne Gretzky, provided a quote that has also been applied to the business world -- "I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been." It strikes me that this philosophy directly applies to IP development, as well. Engineering firms provided IP must anticipate how customer requirements will evolve, and execute a design and qualification plan well in advance of the demand curve. I recently had th...
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China moves from manufacturer to full supplier - CES 2017 wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. The show had over 175,000 attendees and over 3,800 exhibiting companies, according to the organizer, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The U.S. had the most companies exhibiting at CES with 1,755. China was close behind at 1,575 companies according to Benjamin Joffe’s article in Forbes: “The 4 Kinds Of Chinese Tech Firms That Dominated CES 2017”. Joffe believes many Chinese companies have d...
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The Year of the eFPGA - The start of the new year is typically a time for annual predictions. Prognostications are especially difficult in our industry, due to the increasing difficulty in Moore's Law technology scaling and greater design complexity challenges. There is one sure prediction, however -- this year will see the emergence of embedded FPGA (eFPGA) IP integration into a diverse set of SoC products. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Geoff Tate, CEO of Flex Logix Technolog...
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CEO Interview: Toshio Nakama of S2C - I haven’t sat down to speak with S2C since we collaborated on the book, PROTOTYPICAL, published just before DAC 2016 and even then, I hadn’t spoken to Toshio Nakama, their CEO. Toshio splits his time between
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