Blog Review: Jan. 18


Mentor's Michael White warns that while skipping a node can be appealing, be prepared for the increase in computation requirements. Synopsys' Hezi Saar checks out the benefits of moving to the MIPI I3C standardized sensor interface. Cadence's Paul McLellan highlights a talk by Eric Grosse on approaches to security and the RISC-V architecture. Applied's Mike Chudzik explains the problem... » read more

Performance Increasingly Tied To I/O


Speeding up input and output is becoming a cornerstone for improving performance and lowering power in SoCs and ASICs, particularly as scaling processors and adding more cores produce diminishing returns. While processors of all types continue to improve, the rate of improvement is slowing at each new node. Obtaining the expected 30% to 50% boost in performance and lower power no longer can ... » read more

Happy 25th Birthday, HAL!


“Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H. A. L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January, 1992.”—Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Nearly a half-century ago, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick introduced us to cinema’s most compelling example of artificial intelligence: the HAL 9000, a heuristicall... » read more

The Challenges Of Designing 28G And 56G SerDes IP


The industry move to 56 Gbps PAM4 is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges currently facing SerDes IP designers and their customers. To begin with, shifting to 56 Gbps PAM4 immediately causes a loss of 9 dB. While the baud rate is 28 Gbaud, there are now three eyes stacked on top of each other. Nevertheless, there is still demand for 35+ dB reach. This is a significant challenge which requ... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 11


Mentor's Ron Press examines why test hasn't become a bottleneck in creating ever more advanced semiconductors. Synopsys' Graham Etchells warns that while finFET technologies have been successful, challenges persist. Cadence's Paul McLellan shares a behind-the-scenes look at developing the Palladium Z1 emulator. The White House's Craig Mundie and Paul Otellini highlight a PCAST report o... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Products Qualcomm reported before the official opening of CES 2017 that it has shipped more than 1 billion Internet of Things chips to date, for such applications as automotive electronics, Internet-connected televisions, sensors, and wearable gadgets (including smartwatches). The company didn’t include chips for smartphones and tablet computers in that total. “We have scale,” said Raj T... » read more

Making Secure Chips For IoT Devices


Chips and modules going into Internet of Things node devices must have cybersecurity features designed and built into them. Multiple vendors are responding with products meant to keep the IoT devices protected from the cyberattacks that are becoming more common. While [getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"] privacy remains a key concern for consumers and homeowners, IoT security has taken on top-of-mi... » read more

Will 2017 Be The Year Of DDoS?


Forrester Research sees a rough year ahead for cyber security. Indeed, targeted espionage, ransomware, denial of service, privacy breaches and more are expected to escalate in 2017. In addition, Forrester Researcher analysts predict that more than 500,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be compromised in 2017. Perhaps not surprisingly, IDC analyst Kevin Lonergan recently warned that Io... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 4


Mentor's Harry Foster wraps up his functional verification study series with a look the impact of verification maturity and safety critical designs on first silicon success. Synopsys' David Benas argues for using the insurance industry as a model in assessing the risk of potential software flaws. Cadence's Tom Anderson shares highlights from the recent International Workshop on Microproce... » read more

Blog Review: Dec. 21


Mentor's Jeff Miller and ARM's Nandan Nayampally contend that it's easier than ever to design custom SoCs. Cadence's Paul McLellan provides a basic primer on silicon photonics, from a presentation by Gilles Lamant. The US Department of Transportation is considering requiring the inclusion of vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new cars, says Synopsys' Robert Vamosi. Applied's Shekar Kr... » read more

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