Blog Review: March 29


In a video, Cadence's Megha Daga introduces how convolutional neural networks identify objects and the wide range of applications for the technology. Mentor's Ron Press proposes a way to take advantage of hierarchical DFT features, even if a design wasn't designed for it. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi shares highlights of the RAND Corporation's extensive report examining zero day vulnerabilitie... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers China’s IC industry is embarking on a recruitment drive to prepare for the operation of new fabs in 2018, according to TrendForce. “TrendForce’s latest analysis on China’s semiconductor sector reveals that the country’s domestic IC manufacturers are affecting the movement of industry talent worldwide as they continue to aggressively headhunt for senior managers and enginee... » read more

Blog Review: March 22


Cadence's Paul McLellan shares TSMC's plans for 5nm and gate-all-around FET, plus other highlights from last week's Technology Symposium. Mentor's Craig Armenti examines how product development teams can increase efficiency through concurrent schematic design. Synopsys' Jim Ivers warns of the data security and privacy issues posed by a wave of popular connected toys. At Embedded World,... » read more

Blog Review: March 15


Cadence's Christen Decoin looks back at the changes in design rule checking and asks, with growing design sizes and rule complexity, has DRC run out of steam? Synopsys' Eric Huang provides some background on DisplayPort and its integration with the USB Type-C connector. In his latest video, Mentor's Colin Walls investigates the relationship between the choice of operating system and the p... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


SoftBank plans to sell a 25% stake in ARM to Vision Fund, a $100 billion technology fund created last year by SoftBank and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. SoftBank and Saudi Arabia are investing $25 billion and $45 billion in the fund, respectively. Another potential major player is Mubadala Development Co., the government-owned Abu Dhabi investment firm which owns GlobalFoundries and, a... » read more

HBM2: It’s All About The PHY


HBM DRAM is currently used in graphics, high-performance computing (HPC), server, networking and client applications. HBM, says JEDEC HBM Task Group Chairman Barry Wagner, provides a “compelling solution” to reduce the IO power and memory footprint for the most demanding applications. Recent examples of second-generation HBM deployment include NVIDIA’s Quadro GP100 GPU which is paired wit... » read more

Accelerating Mobile Wallet Adoption


To accelerate the mass adoption of mobile payments, mobile wallets must be part of a new retail future in which an offline brick-and-mortar paradigm is replaced by a secure, seamless and interactive shopping experience. For consumers, mobile wallets should combine payments, gift cards, loyalty rewards and coupons in a single retail app for a truly frictionless commerce experience. For retai... » read more

Blog Review: March 8


Mentor's Andrew Macleod proposes that the growing complexity of automotive systems opens up room for a Tier 1.5 bridging systems engineering and design optimization. Cadence's Dave Pursley argues that working at a higher level of abstraction makes hardware design more effective, more interesting, and more fun. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi considers the challenges surrounding responsible disclo... » read more

The Evolving Ransomware Threat


Ransomware has become a serious threat in recent years, with thousands of new variants surfacing in 2016 alone. This is really bad news for system administrators, as computers infected with ransomware are typically locked down until cyber criminals are given a hefty sum to unlock encrypted files. Disturbingly, IDG recently confirmed the existence of a new file-encrypting ransomware program f... » read more

Big Data On Wheels


By Jeff Dorsch & Ed Sperling All kinds of chips are going into driver-assisted and autonomous cars. On one side are arrays of sensors, which are generating huge amounts of data about everything from lane position and proximity to other cars to unexpected objects in the road. On the other side are the chips required to process that data at blazing speed. As the market for PCs and mobil... » read more

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