Analog Meets Power In Standards Groups

While the topic of language [getkc id="13" comment="Standards"] might be cringe-worthy for some, there is some noteworthy work underway in this area—particularly where power and analog meet paths. There are four main standards here: Verilog-A and Verilog-AMS VHDL-AMS SystemC-AMS SystemVerilog-AMS SystemVerilog-AMS is the newcomer, and while the standard won't be available for ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design

Tools CEVA integrated Bluetooth processing into its DSP cores. In addition to audio and video and always-on capabilities, the company is pitching the combination as an all-in-one, ultra-low-power solution for the wearable electronics market. So how big is this market opportunity? IDC predicts the wearable computing market will grow from 19.2 million units this year to 112 million units in 2... » read more

Test Challenges Rising For Mobile Devices

Smartphone and tablets continue to advance at a dizzying pace. On the component side alone, the latest mobile devices are moving towards 64-bit application processors, multi-mode RF front-ends, higher-end cameras and flashy LCD screens. Some systems even boast fingerprint scanners and heart rate sensors. But an obvious part of the system continues to lag behind the curve—battery life. In r... » read more

The Week In Review: Sept. 13

By Ed Sperling Cadence unveiled its next-generation emulation platform, greatly boosting the speed by up to 60x for embedded OS verification and by up to 10x for hardware/software verification. Overall, Cadence says the platform doubles verification productivity with a capacity of up to 2.3 billion gates. Cadence also reported that its mixed-signal LP flow allowed Silicon Labs to cut its MCU p... » read more

The Week In Review: July 8

By Mark LaPedus Fab tool vendors this week will gather at the annual Semicon West trade show in San Francisco. The mood is expected to be both gloomy and upbeat, at least based on one new and mixed forecast. The semiconductor equipment market is projected to fall 7.4% in 2013, but it will grow 27.1% in 2014, according to VLSI Research. The forecast for semis is up 10% in 2013 and 8.3% growth i... » read more