Integration IP Helps IP Integration

You might not know much about the MIPI Alliance if you aren't designing mobile phones, but you will soon. Other application areas are taking interest in what this group has accomplished. The alliance was founded in 2003 to create standards for hardware and software interfaces in mobile devices. Successful examples include a camera serial interface (CSI) and a display serial interface (DSI), ... » read more

Automating Inter-Layer In-Design Checks In Rigid-Flex PCBs

Flexible PCBs (flex/rigid-flex) make it possible to create a variety of products that require small form factors and light weight, such as wearable, mobile, military, and medical devices. As flexible PCB fabrication technology has matured in response to demands for smaller, lighter products, new design challenges have emerged. This paper discusses some of the key challenges to address and also ... » read more

Top Mobile OEM Uses NetSpeed to Boost Its Next Gen Application Processor

The smartphone segment is certainly the most competitive market for chip makers today and the yearly product launch cadence puts a lot of pressure on the application processor design cycle. End-users expect to benefit from higher image definition, better sound quality, ever faster and more complex applications which push the limits of application processor performance in terms of higher frequen... » read more

Executive Insight: Simon Segars

Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, examines the future of mobile computing, how it intersects with the IoT, why ecosystems are vital, and how computing is evolving. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: Most analysts say the growth rate of mobile is slowing. The big buzz phrase now is Internet of Things. How does ARM's role change with that shift? Segars: Mobile is still changing and... » read more

Using Multi-Channel Connections for Optimized LPDDR4 Power & Performance

LPDDR4, the latest double data rate synchronous DRAM for mobile applications, includes a number of features that enable SoC design teams to reduce power consumption of discrete DRAM in mobile devices. Desktop devices like PCs and servers commonly utilize DDR devices mounted on dual inline memory modules (DIMM) hosted on 64-bit wide buses. This board-level solution allows field-upgradeable DRAM ... » read more

Reducing Post-Placement Leakage With Stress-Enhanced Fill Cells

By Valeriy Sukharev, Jun-Ho Choy, Armen Kteyan and Henrik Hovsepyan As downward scaling of transistors continues, optimizing power consumption for mobile devices is a major concern. Power consumption consists of two components: dynamic and static. Dynamic (active) power is used while the chip is performing various functions, while static (leakage) power is consumed by leakage current (Figure... » read more

Think In Blocks

It always seems to come back to LEGOs, doesn’t it? Earlier this year I wrote about Google Project Ara, the so-called “LEGO” smart phone architecture unveiled in April. Project Ara uses the MIPI Alliance UniPro and M-PHY protocols as the backbone for a modular electronics architecture inside a smart phone “endoskeleton.” Using electro-permanent magnets (they don’t need a perma... » read more

Tackling RF Desense Challenges At The Source

Just imagine you are stepping out of the electronics store with your brand new smart phone. You eagerly scroll down your contacts to dial your best friend and proudly tell them the great news, but as soon as they pick up, your reception is gone! What happened? This problem is commonly described as desense, a degradation of the sensitivity of the receiver due to external noise sources. Desens... » read more

ARM and Qualcomm: Enabling The Next Mobile Computing Revolution With Highly Integrated ARMv8-A Based SoCs

This joint white paper by ARM and Qualcomm examines the forces behind the recent mobile computing revolution and what will be required for companies to succeed in future evolutions of mobile computing. This paper includes how the next generation of the ARM® architecture, ARMv8-A, will enable the next mobile revolution based around the ARM AArch64 64-bit instruction set while providing full sup... » read more

Low-Power, High-Performance Memory Systems

Mobile devices and their demand for rapid innovation have fundamentally and forever changed the semiconductor industry. These devices have fueled tremendous innovation in the last few years to bring about drastic improvements in performance, power and cost efficiency. They also demand condensed product development cycles, which accelerate the rate and need for innovation. The only thing that ha... » read more

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