The Challenge Of Fitting In

Connections between players in the semiconductor industry are becoming critical for survival. Whether the focus is a connected car, home automation, health care or the energy grid, each company in each of those markets relies on others to build useful products. There are several forces at work here. One is an emphasis on connecting everything, regardless of whether it is inside a single vert... » read more

Say Hi To Hybrid

It has been proposed for some time that virtual platforms could be linked to emulation hardware in order to co-verify the software and hardware components of an SoC. However, that proposal now has evolved into hybrid emulation, a practical solution to allow pre-silicon verification and validation of today’s complex SoC designs. First-rate work by the standards body Accellera and the Open ... » read more

The Danger Of Denial

For years now, my diehard Mac-lover friends and this diehard PC fan have bantered back and forth about the superiority of one processor over the other. When Apple switched to the Intel platform in the late 2000s the argument went moot. I was right, they were wrong. PC’s were the best computers. Since then, the arguments about which platform is better have died off. They both do the job, a... » read more

Software Driving More Hardware Designs

The influence of software engineers is growing inside of chip and systems companies, reversing a decades-old trend of matching the software to the fastest or most power-efficient hardware and raising as-yet unanswered questions about what will change in SoC design. The shift is particularly evident in chips developed for high-volume markets such as mobile phones and tablets. It's also happen... » read more

Security Risks Grow Worse

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss security issues for connected devices with Marc Canel, vice president of security at [getentity id="22186" comment="ARM"]; Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist for the Cryptography Research division of [getentity id="22671" e_name="Rambus"]; Michael Poitner, global segment marketing manager at [getentity id="22499" e_name="NXP"]; Felix Baum, h... » read more

Bluetooth Adoption To Grow With IoT

Bluetooth adoption is poised to explode as the Internet of Things takes root. "The amount of Bluetooth standard-installed devices has been rapidly increasing since Apple iPhone 4S installed Bluetooth Low Energy in 2011," said Errett Kroeter, director of industry and brand marketing for the Bluetooth brand. "So the progression will definitely continue." (Figure.1) Figure.1 Continuation o... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 10

eSilicon’s Mike Gianfagna is searching for patterns and trends in the industry, ranging from big data and the cloud to the IoT. Check out the four V’s. The market for wearables is gaining momentum. Apple made a huge deal out of its Apple Watch this week, but it wasn’t alone. ARM’s David Maidment is on the ground in Berlin looking at the new gear based on Android. Mentor’s John... » read more

The Week In Review

Applied Materials announced its fiscal Q3 results. Net sales for the quarter were $2.27 billion compared with $1.98 billion in the same period in 2013, a 15% increase. Net income was $301 million for the period, compared with $168 million in 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $349 million, compared with $222 million in Q3 2013. The company expects fiscal Q4 net sales to be flat, plus or ... » read more

Apple CarPlay Vs. Android Auto

The smartphone wars have been fought and won (well, at least for now), but now there’s a new electronics battle brewing in your garage, rather than your pocket. The talk of smartphone SoC technology proliferating from phones and into cars has finally transformed into action, and major electronics companies are striking deals with established automobile manufacturers to integrate the benefi... » read more

Blog Review: July 2

Mentor’s Nazita Saye has reservations about driverless cars. Sometimes it’s actually fun to drive—and sometimes it isn’t. Cadence’s Brian Fuller is a bit more optimistic about driverless cars. He says that from the standpoint of safety, efficiency and environment, autonomous vehicles will be a big step forward—if and when some critical problems are solved. And along the same... » read more

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