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Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 22


USB data leakage Researchers from the University of Adelaide found that USB connections are vulnerable to information leakage. In testing more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs, they found that over 90% of them leaked information to an external USB device. "USB-connected devices include keyboards, cardswipers and fingerprint readers which often send sensitive information to ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Qualcomm expanded its AI portfolio, acquiring machine learning startup Scyfer B.V., a spinoff of the University of Amsterdam. Founded in 2013, Scyfer has consulted on object classification, defect inspection, and traffic prediction projects across a range of industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Numbers Synopsys released third quarter financial results with revenue of $... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 16


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out how Imec sees the future of transistors and the challenges of 3D logic. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi gets a lesson on the electronic systems powering modern cars, and considers when it's ethical to hack one. Mentor's Colin Walls takes a look at how to pass data between RTOS tasks. Rambus' Aharon Etengoff looks at recent semi market predictions, from expand... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 15


Solar sunglasses Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) developed sunglasses with colored, semitransparent organic solar cells applied onto the lenses capable of supplying a microprocessor and two displays with electric power. The solar cell lenses, perfectly fitted to a commercial frame, have a thickness of approx. 1.6 millimeters and weigh about six grams, just like th... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Mentor acquired Valydate, provider of the VERA schematic integrity analysis tool. Founded in 2010, the Canadian company also offered signal and power integrity and static timing analysis services. Valydate's technology will be integrated with Mentor's Xpedition PCB design flow, though former Valydate CEO Michael Alam says it will continue to serve all EDA environments. Tools Aldec ... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 9


Cadence's Paul McLellan digs into a recently discovered vulnerability in the Broadcom Wi-Fi chip used in many smartphones and why it should be a wakeup call for SoC designers. Mentor's Craig Armenti considers whether work-in-process design data management is an asset or a liability. Synopsys' Thomas M. Tuerke notes that in code, as in medicine, proper hygiene is should be treated as a con... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 8


Energy-efficient neural nets Researchers from MIT developed new techniques for more energy-efficient neural networks, offering as much as a 73% reduction in power consumption over the standard implementation of neural networks, and as much as a 43% reduction over the best previous method for paring the networks down. First, they developed an analytic method that can determine how much power... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


M&A Invecas will acquire Lattice Semiconductor's HDMI design team and Simplay Labs subsidiary, which oversees standards compliance and interoperability testing services. Invecas supplies foundation, analog, and interface IP optimized for GlobalFoundries processes. The deal is expected to close later this month. Last year, Lattice announced it would be acquired by Chinese private equity fir... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 2


In a video, Cadence's Marc Greenberg describes the post-package repair capability in LPDDR4 and why it's important for future LP/DDR5 memories. Synopsys' Kiran Vittal looks at formal, machine learning, and when computers beat humans at games. Mentor's Matt Knowles digs into how cell-aware diagnosis works and why it can find tricky finFET defects. ARM's Freddi Jeffries digs into why com... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 1


Concentrating photovoltaics Engineers at Penn State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested a new concentrating photovoltaic solar system, which they say can produce over 50% more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells. In contrast to silicon solar panels, which currently dominate the market at 15 to 20 percent efficiency, concentrating photovoltaics (... » read more

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