November 2015

Healthy Growth Predictions For MEMS

To figure out what’s actually happening in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market, there’s no better place to look than MEMS and sensors, which are enabling this revolution in embedded intelligence in ever more places. The MEMS market is seeing continued steady growth, but components suppliers also are seeing brutal price declines and low margins, while the data analysis side captures... » read more

The Challenge Of Fitting In

Connections between players in the semiconductor industry are becoming critical for survival. Whether the focus is a connected car, home automation, health care or the energy grid, each company in each of those markets relies on others to build useful products. There are several forces at work here. One is an emphasis on connecting everything, regardless of whether it is inside a single vert... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing

At one time, China’s Xiaomi was a high-flying smartphone vendor. The privately-held company had a market capitalization of $45 billion. But the bottom has fallen out of the company amid share losses. “By early 2015, it was clear that problems were emerging as growth ground to a halt and nothing that Xiaomi has done since has been able to re-start it. Xiaomi has ground to halt because there ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT

NXP received all necessary regulatory approvals for the merger with Freescale, and the sale of its RF Power business to JAC Capital. The company now expects to close the merger on December 7. Synopsys introduced VIP to support the proposed IEEE P802.3bs/D1.0 Ethernet 400G standard. The VIP includes a native SystemVerilog UVM architecture, protocol-aware debug and source code test suites. ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 25

Asteroid mining and metrology The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a new space bill. The bill, entitled H.R. 2262— U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness, includes a provision that discusses the rights for companies that mine any materials on asteroids. In simple terms, the bill recognizes the right of U.S. companies to own asteroid resources that they mine in space, accordin... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 25

If you've been wanting to dig into deep learning, a new video by Cadence's Chris Rowen discusses the basic principles and how its used to build electronic systems capable of analyzing massive amounts of data, recognize patterns, and extract relevant info. Returning from Productronica, Mentor's Michael Ford discusses the show's booming attendance, the seemingly endless hype around Industry 4.... » read more

Quantum Entanglement Test

One of the more bizarre implications of quantum theory is the so-called “spooky action at a distance” effect. If two quantum particles are entangled, measuring the state of one simultaneously defines the state of the other, regardless of the distance between them. This behavior appears to defy the rule that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light: information regarding the stat... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 25

Insect robots on the water Taking inspiration from water beetles and other swimming insects, academics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have developed the "Row-bot," a robot that thrives in dirty water. The Row-bot mimics the way that one aquatic insect, the water boatman, moves and the way that it feeds on rich organic matter in the dirty water it swims in. The Row-bot project aims to ... » read more

System Bits: Nov. 25

Silicon-based quantum computer coding With the goal of removing lingering doubts quantum computers can become a reality, researchers at the University of New South Wales have proven – with what they say is the highest score ever obtained – that a quantum version of computer code can be written and manipulated using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip, removing any doubt silicon ca... » read more

The Pain Of Change

If the still evolving shift left has taught the semiconductor industry anything, it's that nothing can be counted on to stay the same for very long. The basic proposition of doing more earlier in the design cycle to speed up time to market—and thereby shifting everything left in the linear flow—means that every silo that has been constructed over the past several decades needs to be rethoug... » read more

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