The Week In Review: IoT

Security The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in August held the finals of its Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition that came down to seven teams in Las Vegas, with the three winning teams sharing cash prizes totaling $3.75 million. The capture-the-flag style contest let cybersecurity software counter various attacks on its own, without the aid of engineers and programmers. Th... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT

Memory Kilopass Technology uncorked its new eNVM, which includes vertical layered thyristor DRAM technology. The key advantages, according to the company, is that it eliminates the need for DRAM refresh, can be manufactured using existing processes, and improves power and area efficiency. A full memory test chip is currently in the early stages of testing. A thyristor is basically a latch tech... » read more

Seeing The Future Of Vision

Vision systems have evolved from cameras that enable robots to “see” on a factory floor to a safety-critical element of the heterogeneous systems guiding autonomous vehicles, as well as other applications that call for parallel processing technology to quickly recognize objects, people, and the surrounding environment. Automotive electronics and mobile devices currently dominate embedded... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mergers & Acquisitions On Semiconductor signed a definitive agreement to buy Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion in cash, combining forces in the power semiconductor market. The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions and combinations as companies position themselves for the IoT/IoE/IIoT, a world of connected devices that spans from industrial to automotive to smartphones. Comp... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

M&A ARM acquired Carbon Design Systems and its staff for an undisclosed sum, adding virtual prototyping capabilities for ARM cores. In 2008, ARM sold Carbon the tools it acquired in the 2004 purchase of virtual prototype development company AXYS Design Automation. Tools Mentor Graphics updated its PADS software, adding 3D tool capabilities to provide visualization, placement, and d... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Imec and Cadence completed the first tapeout of a 5nm test chip. Using a processor design, the companies taped out a set of designs using EUV lithography as well as Self-Aligned Quadruple Patterning for 193i lithography, where metal pitches were scaled from the nominal 32nm pitch down to 24nm to push the limit of patterning. Tools Synopsys folded in recent acquisition Atrenta's testabilit... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 19

Several of this week's top reads from Ansys' Justin Nescott sound like they're straight from the pages of sci-fi novels (and comic books). An MIT project is getting close to creating the Iron Man suit, one company plans to finally build a space elevator, and Los Angeles takes an innovative approach to fighting the California drought: 96 million black plastic balls. Smartphones are so yestery... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

Mergers & Acquisitions Synopsys announced Sunday it would acquire privately held formal verification provider Atrenta, for an undisclosed sum. That was followed quickly by Ansys' announcement that it would buy data analytics firm Gear Design Solutions. Tools IC Manage uncorked its big data predictive analytics tool Envision, which provides real-time design progress analytics to pre... » read more

EDA Sets New Record

EDA revenue grew 11.9% in Q4 2014 to $2.1 billion, a new record for the industry, propelled by strong growth in both IP and physical design. On a sequential basis, that represented a 15.1% increase, while on a year-over-year basis it was 11.9%. The four-quarter moving average, which takes into account quarterly aberrations, showed a 7.3% increase. "The semiconductor industry had a strong ... » read more

Productivity And The IoT

The market for devices that connect almost everything to the Internet of Things is projected to explode, creating opportunities for companies that haven’t been traditional chip developers to decide to start developing devices. Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss this topic with Jack Guedj, corporate VP of Tensilica products at Cadence; Bill Neifert, CTO at Carbon; Marc Evans, direct... » read more

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