The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers The 2017 top-ten rankings of foundries remain the same as last year, according to TrendForce. TSMC, GlobalFoundries and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) rank first, second, and third, respectively, in terms of projected sales in 2017, according to TrendForce. TSMC has a dominant market share of 55.9%. In the rankings, Samsung is in fourth place, followed in order by SMIC, TowerJa... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Mentor released new software for automated set-up of PCB DFT rules. The tool extracts relevant PCB design technology from the design data to determine the correct PCB technology classification, then maps the PCB classification to the constraints associated with the applicable manufacturing processes to run only the checks necessary for the design. IP Synopsys improved the convolu... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


IP Sonics unveiled Energy Processing Unit (EPU) IP, based on the company's ICE-Grain power architecture, to better manage and control circuit idle time. The IP facilitates design of SoC power architecture and implementation and verification of the resulting power management subsystem. Synopsys debuted ARC SEM security processors with timing and power randomization features to protect agai... » read more

Better Software. Faster! A Virtual Prototyping Case Study From Kyocera Document Solutions


From time to time I like to use this blog to provide you with an update about the "Better Software. Faster!" book that illustrates the best practices in virtual prototyping. This time, I am happy to announce that Mamoru Kani-san, senior manager, R&D department 22, software 2 R&D division of the corporate software development division of Kyocera Document Solutions, wrote a new case study... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Chips NXP rolled out what it claims are the most power-efficient microcontrollers for always-on applications. The minimum draw is 3 microamps for continuous sensor listening. Tools Mentor Graphics beefed up its CFD tool, adding thermo-fluid analysis simulation capabilities for automotive, aerospace and industrial applications. Included is support for FMI, an open-source environment that al... » read more

All Aboard The Silicon Carbide Train…Literally


There were numerous announcements regarding power semiconductors at Techno-Frontier 2014, which was held last month in Tokyo. This year, one of the big stories was power semiconductors—for power and batteries, motors, and thermal designs—and the debate around cost is becoming much more frequent for silicon carbide. One feature article last month on the Kyoto economy in Nihon Keizai Shimb... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Many are suffering from “fragiphoniphobia” without even realizing it, according to Kyocera. This is the fear of fragile phones and worries about the drops and spills ruining our smartphones and disrupting our lives. A recent survey from comScore revealed that 73% of consumers surveyed rated drop protection or scratch-proof/shatter-proof screens as the most desirable durability feature, whil... » read more