Automating Inter-Layer In-Design Checks In Rigid-Flex PCBs


Flexible PCBs (flex/rigid-flex) make it possible to create a variety of products that require small form factors and light weight, such as wearable, mobile, military, and medical devices. As flexible PCB fabrication technology has matured in response to demands for smaller, lighter products, new design challenges have emerged. This paper discusses some of the key challenges to address and also ... » read more

2.5D Becomes A Reality


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss 2.5D and advanced packaging with Max Min, senior technical manager at [getentity id="22865" e_name="Samsung"]; Rob Aitken, an [getentity id="22186" comment="ARM"] fellow; John Shin, vice president at [getentity id="22903" e_name="Marvell"]; Bill Isaacson, director of ASIC marketing at [getentity id="22242" e_name="eSilicon"]; Frank Ferro, senior di... » read more

Flexible Sensors Begin Ramping


Sensors are at the heart of the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"]. Flexible sensors promise to extend the Internet of Everything to the battlefield, the gymnasium, the hospital, and many other places. Flexible [getkc id="187" kc_name="sensors"] represent the forefront of a sea of change in electronics, marking the transition from rigid semiconductors made with silicon and other ha... » read more

Developing Effective Design Strategies For Today’s Wearable Devices: Power Management


As the next wave of wearable devices expands into a new class of revolutionary and innovative products, there will be a growing importance placed on the real-time operating system (RTOS) and corresponding middleware. Wearable System-on-Chip (SoC) processors require an operating system optimized for size and performance with power-efficient wireless connectivity options needed for machine-to-mac... » read more

The Latest Power Management Techniques For Wearable Devices


Wearable devices are popping up everywhere — across all markets. In part one of this wearables white paper series, I wrote about the market and technical factors driving the development and adoption of wearable devices. In part two, we roll up our sleeves and address one of the key requirements for wearable devices. Ah yes, power management. You don’t need super powers to see th... » read more

Developing Effective Design Strategies for Today’s Wearable Devices: Power Management


As the next wave of wearable devices expands into a new class of revolutionary and innovative products, there will be a growing importance placed on the real-time operating system (RTOS) and corresponding middleware. Wearable System-on-Chip (SoC) processors require an operating system optimized for size and performance with power-efficient wireless connectivity options needed for machine-to-mac... » read more

The Real Value In Customizing Instructions


One element that distinguishes devices for the emerging IoT market from the mobile devices of the mature handheld market is power. Specifically, while the latter can accept a battery recharge cycle of days, the former demands years between battery recharge/replacement. Where the two devices resemble one another is their need for high performance. While embedded CPU cores have concentrated o... » read more

One-on-One: Steven Woo


Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Steven Woo, vice president and distinguished inventor at [getentity id="22671" e_name="Rambus"], to talk about the IoT and where the real problems are showing up. SE: What are the big challenges as we move toward an [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"]-connected world? Woo: The challenges we see, moving forward aren’t particularly related... » read more

System Bits: Feb. 17


Can you hear light? Silicon photonics has gained increasing attention as a key driver of lab-on-a-chip biosensors and of faster-than-electronics communication between computer chips. The technology builds on tiny structures known as silicon photonic wires. The wires work because light moves slower in the silicon core than in surrounding air and glass. Thus, the light is trapped inside the wire... » read more

New Market Expectations For 2015


This year more than 26 people provided predictions for 2015. Most of these came from the EDA industry, so the results may be rather biased. However, ecosystems are coming closer together in many parts of the semiconductor food chain, meaning that the EDA companies often can see what is happening in dependent industries and in the system design houses. Thus their predictions may have already res... » read more

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