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SerDes Signal Integrity Challenges At 28Gbps And Beyond


After nearly fifty years, NRZ technology continues to pose significant challenges as data rates approach 56Gbps and refreshed standards mandate increased receiver sensitivity (down to 35 mV). With shorter unit intervals and closing eyes, triggering becomes ever more complex and requires enhanced receiver equalization such as continuous-time-linear equalization and decision feedback equalization... » read more

Ensuring Privacy in Next Generation Room Occupancy Sensing


For buildings and homes to become ‘smarter’ and more adaptive, new sensing technology must be capable of detecting, counting and tracking occupants regardless of motion. While next-generation sensor technology offers a glimpse of an exciting future in which buildings adapt and learn, real-world privacy issues will almost certainly have to be addressed before mainstream adoption is achieved.... » read more

Accelerating Mobile Wallet Adoption


To accelerate the mass adoption of mobile payments, mobile wallets must be part of a new retail future in which an offline brick-and-mortar paradigm is replaced by a secure, seamless and interactive shopping experience. For consumers, mobile wallets should combine payments, gift cards, loyalty rewards and coupons in a single retail app for a truly frictionless commerce experience. For retai... » read more

Making Mobile Payments Simple


Shopping will one day become a truly interactive experience, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi beacons scanning digital profiles, stored in the cloud and accessed on mobile devices and wearables, to generate recommendations in real time. Although beacon deployment is still ramping up, the technology is poised to play a critical role in the evolution of mobile payments as consumers begin to truly interac... » read more

Making Mobile Payments Simple


The origins of commerce can be traced back to prehistoric times when early civilizations bartered goods and services. Although the introduction of currency in various forms marked a critical milestone for commerce, very little has actually changed since the early days of open-air markets. Plastic may have replaced paper, yet fundamentally, the brick-and-mortar experience has remained static for... » read more

Smarter Than A Card


Set-top boxes (STBs) were initially secured by Conditional Access System (CAS) smart cards. However, this approach is no longer effective. Smart cards cannot prevent unauthorized access to premium 4K and UHD content, as they are not designed to protect the interface between the card and box, or the STB SoC itself. This is one of the reasons why cardless CAS set-top boxes, equipped with a hardwa... » read more

Charting A New Course For Semiconductors


The semiconductor industry is at an inflection point facing challenges, including rising development costs, shrinking margins, market saturation and unprecedented consolidation. Although no stranger to boom and bust cycles, semiconductor companies are actively seeking a return to stability via a more sustainable and collaborative business paradigm. In this context, Rambus and the Global S... » read more

Smart Data Acceleration


As an industry, if real progress is to be made towards the level of computing that the future mandates, then the way computing problems are attacked must change. The von Neumann execution model has and will continue to serve us well, but additional techniques must be brought to bear. The next logical focus area is data—how it is accessed, and how it is transformed into real information—t... » read more

High Speed Memory Interface Chipsets Let Server Performance Fly


The demands on server performance continue to increase at a tremendous pace. New requirements from large in-memory databases that are powering today’s cloud services and advanced analytics tools are arriving just as the impact of Moore’s Law is starting to slow. This is setting up a classic performance challenge that requires rethinking some of the core elements of today’s server archit... » read more

Implementation Challenges And Solutions Of Low-Power, High-Performance Memory Systems


Mobile devices and their demand for rapid innovation have fundamentally and forever changed the semiconductor industry. These devices have fueled tremendous innovation in the last few years to bring about drastic improvements in performance, power and cost efficiency. They also demand condensed product development cycles which accelerate the rate and need for innovation. The only thing that has... » read more

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