Blog Review: Feb. 15


Mentor's Jean-Marie Brunet looks at factors driving the growth of hardware emulation for SoCs. Cadence's Dave Pursley asserts that the role of hardware developers is about to change for the better. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi says that major software vulnerabilities are becoming less frequent, in spite of hype surrounding named bugs. ARM's Rhonda Dirvin discusses the release of the OpenFog... » read more

New Memories And Architectures Ahead


Memory dominates many SoCs, and it is rare to hear that a design contains too much memory. However, memories consume a significant percentage of system power, and while this may not be a critical problem for many systems, it is a bigger issue for Internet of Things ([getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"]) edge devices where total energy consumption is very important. Memory demands are changing in al... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers Intel has announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete its previously-announced fab in Chandler, Ariz. The fab was announced several years ago, but Intel delayed the plant in 2014. Now, the plant, dubbed Fab 42, is moving forward again. Targeted for 7nm technology, Fab 42 will be completed in 3 to 4 years and will create approximately 3,000 jobs. The announcement was m... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


IP Rambus unveiled High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) Gen2 PHY developed for GlobalFoundries' FX-14 ASIC platform. The PHY, targeted at networking and data center applications, is fully compliant with the JEDEC HBM2 standard and supports data rates up to 2000 Mbps per data pin, for a total bandwidth of 256 GB/s. Omnitek launched a number of new FPGA-based video IPs, including HDMI2.0 Tx and Rx, ... » read more

The Challenges Of Designing An HBM2 PHY


Originally targeted at the graphics industry, HBM continues to gain momentum in the server and networking markets as system designers work to move higher bandwidth closer to the CPU. Expanding DRAM capacity – which boosts overall system performance – allows data centers to maximize local DRAM storage for wide throughput. HBM DRAM architecture effectively increases system memory bandwidth... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 8


Mentor's Craig Armenti looks at some of the challenges involved with multi-board PCB or system design. Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a presentation by Igor Keller on the state of the art in static timing analysis. Synopsys' Eric Huang has some ideas for USB interoperability testing. Intel's Ron Wilson delves into the current state of 5G, and why perspectives on that differ. Ans... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Synopsys announced the latest version of its VCS functional verification solution, which integrates native fine-grained parallelism (FGP) and additional engine optimizations for simulation on existing x86 CPU server configurations. Aldec released the latest version of its requirements lifecycle management solutions for FPGAs/SoCs, adding certification document templates and review c... » read more

IoT Security Ratings Needed


Concerns about security have been growing alongside adoption of the IoT, and it seems to be making some headway. This is good news, if it continues, because one of the biggest concerns about buying connected devices is that they can provide inroads into personal data. Data security has been a persistent annoyance for several years. Almost anyone who travels or shops at major department store... » read more

How Ransomware Threatens Unsecured Systems


Cyber criminals typically use ransomware to lock systems and encrypt files, effectively denying access to data until payment is remitted. Unsurprisingly, ransomware payments for 2016 were estimated to hit a billion dollars, with some businesses paying considerable sums to unlock their data. Cyber criminals continue to set their sights on a wide range of targets, including CCTV cameras, schools,... » read more

Chaos, Progress In Mobile Payment Security


Semiconductor suppliers and their embedded software partners, internally and externally, have made tremendous strides in recent years supporting secure mobile payment processing. It hasn't been easy. Or simple. And it's still evolving. The result of those efforts, which is now set to play an increasingly important and widespread commercial role in 2017, are trusted execution environment t... » read more

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