Rethinking Processor Architectures


The semiconductor industry's obsession with clock speeds, cores and how many transistors fit on a piece of silicon may be nearing an end for real this time. The [getentity id="22048" comment="IEEE"] said it will develop the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS), effectively setting the industry agenda for future silicon benchmarking and adding metrics that are relevant to specifi... » read more

System Bits: May 5


Fight counterfeiting with fingerprint chips Given that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike, an MIT spinout uses random variations in silicon chips as authentication identifiers for consumer products. Silicon chips are similar as manufacturing processes cause microscopic variations in chips that are unpredictable, permanent, and effectively impossible to clone. MIT spinout Verayo ... » read more

Flex Logix: FPGA Cores


One of the interesting challenges in the semiconductor space these days is getting a design right, because the cost of making mistakes is rising at each new process node and as more and more functionality is added into chips. This has always been one of the benefits of programmable logic, where logic and layout can be tweaked to fit into multiple devices and errors can be fixed even late in ... » read more

Three Must-Watch Electronics Trends in 2014


It’s halfway through January, and I think we’ve exhausted our “2014 Forecast” posts for the year. Still, it’s helpful to consider what lies ahead when all we have under our belts at this point is CES 2014 (and that event was clearly underwhelming as a technology bellwether). I propose three areas to watch closely in 2014, based on ploughed ground from some excellent industry observ... » read more