Choosing Power-Saving Techniques


Engineers have come up with a long list of ways to save power in chip and system designs, but there are few rules to determine which approaches work best for any given design. There is widespread confusion about what techniques should be used where, which IP or subsystem is best, and how everything should be packaged together. The choices include everything from the proper level of clock and... » read more

Power State Switching Gets Tougher


Power state switching delay is a key factor in minimizing power, and getting it right frequently means the difference between a successful design and a dead chip. But tradeoffs are intricate, complex and often involve judgment calls, making this a place where designs can go completely awry. For years, traditional, full-swing [gettech id="31093" comment="CMOS"] process technologies were used ... » read more

Mobile Processors Move Beyond Phones


Mobile processors, also known as application processors, are well-known as the engines that run smartphones, tablet computers, and other wireless devices. But these chips increasingly are finding their way into autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, unmanned aerial vehicles, virtual reality, and other applications far beyond phone calls and text messages. Moreover, they are gaining in com... » read more

IoT Will Grow Faster With More Flexible Wireless Design


The fascinating numbers-within-the-numbers for the forecasted growth in Internet of Things (IoT) devices is this: By 2020, it’s estimated there will be nearly 2 billion low-power radio-connected devices, specifically with Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4 (Zigbee and Thread). Those numbers are compelling because not only is that a quadrupling of the amount of low-power radio devices today, but the val... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 11


Mentor's Ron Press examines why test hasn't become a bottleneck in creating ever more advanced semiconductors. Synopsys' Graham Etchells warns that while finFET technologies have been successful, challenges persist. Cadence's Paul McLellan shares a behind-the-scenes look at developing the Palladium Z1 emulator. The White House's Craig Mundie and Paul Otellini highlight a PCAST report o... » read more

IoT Security Risks Grow


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss security issues with Asaf Shen, vice president of marketing for security IP in ARM's Systems & Software Group; Timothy Dry, principal staff marketing manager for the Industrial IoT segment at GlobalFoundries; Chowdary Yanamadala, senior vice president of business development at ChaoLogix; and Eric Sivertson, CEO of Quantum Trace. What follows ar... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Products Qualcomm reported before the official opening of CES 2017 that it has shipped more than 1 billion Internet of Things chips to date, for such applications as automotive electronics, Internet-connected televisions, sensors, and wearable gadgets (including smartwatches). The company didn’t include chips for smartphones and tablet computers in that total. “We have scale,” said Raj T... » read more

How To Build Security Into Your IoT Wearable Device


In today's connected world, IoT wearable devices should be built from the ground up to include basic, fundamental security capabilities. This whitepaper explains the key security technologies critical for creating a secure IoT embedded device. Topics include code and boot-time authentication, establishing a chain of trust, process separation and space partitioning, using a safety-certified oper... » read more

Making Secure Chips For IoT Devices


Chips and modules going into Internet of Things node devices must have cybersecurity features designed and built into them. Multiple vendors are responding with products meant to keep the IoT devices protected from the cyberattacks that are becoming more common. While [getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"] privacy remains a key concern for consumers and homeowners, IoT security has taken on top-of-mi... » read more

Looking Back On IoT In 2016


The Internet of Things was going great guns for most of 2016. Until October 21, that is. That’s the date of the coordinated cyberattacks on Dyn, an Internet performance management services firm. The distributed denial-of-service attacks quickly had impacts on Airbnb, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, PayPal, Reddit, Twitter, and other popular websites. Dyn was able to fight off the aggressive att... » read more

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