Reliability Adds Risk Over Time


Being able to connect devices to other devices has a long list of benefits, many of them related to the digitization of the analog or physical world. That includes all the benefits of being able to quantify, process and analyze information to to relay it in real time all over the globe. This is what's at the heart of the Internet of Things/Internet of Everything revolution. It's also at leas... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Intel completed its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera this week. Check out our analysis of why this may be the most important M&A deal of 2015 for the semiconductor industry, and the challenges faced in making it work. NXP uncorked its latest multi-protocol NFC frontend, incorporating ISO/IEC 15693, Felica, MIFARE and ISO/IEC 14443A/B. According to NXP, it delivers four times more outp... » read more

The Great IoE Race Begins


Nobody knows how many tens of billions of semiconductors will be used in the IoE, but it's a sure bet it won't be a few chips replicated billions of times. Most IoE devices will need to be customized for specific applications. Many will need to be highly reliable for many years. And all of them will need to be secure and power-efficient. Yet they also will need to connect to heterogeneous ne... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Chips Rambus moved into the fabless market with the announcement that it is developing memory controller chips, expanding the company's business beyond just creating IP for the memory and security markets. Read Ed Sperling's full analysis. Standards Accellera updated the Standard Co-Emulation Modeling Interface (SCE-MI). The newest version of the standard, SCE-MI 2.3, expands the set o... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Mergers & Acquisitions Silvaco acquired Invarian, anticipating integration of Invarian's methodology will accelerate adoption of concurrent power-voltage-thermal analysis. Legal A U.S. District Court judge ordered Kilopass to pay $5.5 million to Sidense for legal fees incurred in Kilopass' patent infringement suit against Sidense. That lawsuit was  dismissed in 2012. Sidense filed... » read more

Atoms, ARMs, ARCs, Andes…And All The Rest


There was a time when nobody believed Intel processors would be replaced with any other device. Intel commanded the processor market. Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst for ASIC SoC at Semico Research, noted this was not always the case. In the early days of the PC there were many contenders and most people thought that Motorola would win because they had more money behind them. Ultimately, Intel ... » read more