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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus is making a push for Compute Express Link (CXL) with two acquisitions and the launch of its CXL Memory Interconnect Initiative. The initiative aims to define and develop semiconductor solutions for advanced data center architectures, with initial research and development focusing on solutions to support key memory expansion and pooling use cases. CXL is an open interconnect specificat... » read more

Blog Review: June 16


Arm's Adrian Herrera explores the latest version of AMBA ATP Engine, an open-source implementation of the AMBA Adaptive Traffic Profiles (ATP) synthetic traffic framework specification, which adds the ability to program AMBA ATP traffic generation from Linux environments. Cadence's Paul McLellan finds out just how effective glitching chips is by delivering incorrect voltages and clock freque... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 15


Low-loss photonic IC Researchers at EPFL built a photonic integrated circuit with ultra-low loss. The team focused on silicon nitride (Si3N4), which has orders of magnitude lower optical loss compared to silicon. It is used in low-loss applications such as narrow-linewidth lasers, photonic delay lines, and nonlinear photonics. In applying the material to photonic ICs, they took advantage... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired Pro Design's proFPGA product family of FPGA desktop prototyping technologies. Through a prior OEM relationship, proFPGA technology is already part of the Xcelerator portfolio; Siemens noted that the acquisition will allow for fuller integration with its Veloce hardware-assisted verification system. Pro Design will continue to operate as an independen... » read more

Blog Review: Jun 9


Arm's Partha Maji introduces a collaboration with the University of Cambridge to advance Bayesian statistics and probabilistic machine learning, which could play a vital role in safety-critical AI applications. Siemens' Thomas Dewey looks at a way to improve autonomous driving capabilities by enabling vehicles to train on past hazardous situations to provide and early warning for when they m... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 7


Commercializing photonic MEMS Researchers from the University of California Berkeley, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology, SUSS MicroOptics, TSI Semiconductors, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, KAIST, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and Korea Polytechnic University demonstrated a path for commercial fabrication of photonic MEMS. Photonic MEMS... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired Nextflow Software, a provider of advanced particle-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. Nextflow Software will become part of the Simcenter software portfolio, providing rapid meshless CFD capabilities to accelerate the analysis of complex transient applications in the automotive, aerospace, and marine industries such as gear box lubri... » read more

Startup Funding: May 2021


Big investment poured into AI hardware companies this month, with a focus on edge applications. Companies are experimenting with different architectures, including analog-focused devices and those that are capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of space. IP and EDA startups in China also drew funding as the country tries to create a full chip design ecosystem. Plus, PCB assembly, photonic... » read more

Blog Review: June 2


Synopsys' Mike Borza checks out how automotive ECUs, infotainment systems, and in-vehicle networks can be compromised by attackers and why it’s important to follow cybersecurity best practices and keep security in mind starting early in the design cycle. Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the results from the latest MLPerf benchmarks for machine learning inference systems, with the new inc... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: June 1


Stronger PUFs Researchers from Ohio State University and Potomac Research propose a new version of physical unclonable functions, or PUFs, that could be used to create secure ID cards, to track goods in supply chains, and as part of authentication applications. "There's a wealth of information in even the smallest differences found on computers chips that we can exploit to create PUFs," sai... » read more

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