Tech Talk: 4K Screen Design

Hezi Saar, MIPI IP product manager at Synopsys, talks about how to design high-resolution displays for mobile devices and what can go wrong. [youtube vid=rQKNM0CABM0] » read more

Market Outlook For 2015

It's always easier to look back at what happened in the past 12 months than to try to piece together a coherent picture for what could happen over the next year. A good prediction relies on lots of data points, and even then it can be wrong. In a global industry, where geopolitical strife or pandemics can send markets tumbling or open up new ones, it's not possible to account for all the unk... » read more

Smart Cars To Replace Smart Phones?

Recently a friend of mine sent me a story that was penned in Alcatel-Lucent’s TechZine about how the connected car will replace my smartphone one day. Well. I can’t quite figure out how I am going to carry my connected car in my vest pocket when I go to a movie, but, one never knows. First thought was that it would be some sort of “living” fabric. You know, like they have in sci-fi ... » read more

Executive Insight: Simon Segars

SE: What concerns you most? Segars: In the context of design and where chip design is going, ARM is a long-term business. We’re doing stuff now that is going to ship in five years’ time. Obviously, for everyone in this space, Moore’s Law has been a fantastic thing. It’s enabled us to achieve really fantastic scaling of transistors, and everyone knows that is getting harder and harder... » read more

Tales From The Silk Road

Recently I wrote a two-part article on the impact low-cost quad-core and octo-core mobile processors are having on the mobile handset market here in Asia. In it I briefly mentioned that many travelers and expats in this part of the world—this part being Southeast Asia, generally speaking—come here, among myriad other reasons, for the cheap electronics available. What prompted me to inves... » read more

Big Changes Rock Global Smartphone Market

BANGKOK — One of the many draws for Western travelers here in Thailand and throughout much of Asia, including China, is the availability of cheap consumer electronics. Unfortunately many of these electronic goods — little-known off-brands mimicking better-known counterparts, or white-label devices being passed off as name-brand products to unsuspecting consumers — typically are technologi... » read more

The Hunt For The Next Application To Drive System-Level Design And Verification

In recent years, most of my customer presentations highlighted some type of mobile device – system and system on chip (SoC) — to explain the challenges for system-level design and verification. But I also like to look into other application domains to understand how challenges may develop over time and to identify similarities and differences in challenges between application domains. Co... » read more

Halloween Is Going Mobile

With the end of October around the corner, my children are frantically thinking about what they want to dress up as for Halloween. It is interesting that both of them chose a costume that has something to do with a mobile video game. My daughter will be dressing up as a red angry bird while my son wants to go as a wizard, where he is using clash of clans as the example of what a wizard should l... » read more

Tech Talk: Comparing Smart Phones

What makes one smart phone last longer on a charge than another? The answer may surprise you. Low-Power Engineering talks with Cary Chin, director of technical marketing for low-power solutions at Synopsys, about what his months of research have shown. [youtube vid=BUefmd_oFp8] » read more