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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A Goodix acquired Dream Chip Technologies. Shenzhen-based Goodix is known for fingerprint and other biometric sensors and authentication solutions, as well as Arm and RISC-V based MCUs. It is reportedly among the ten largest Chinese chipmakers, according to EqualOcean. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Garbsen, Germany, Dream Chip Technologies originally was founded in ... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 5


Rambus' Scott Best explains some more sophisticated chip attacks, such as side-channel attacks, clocking attacks, fault injection, and infrared emission analysis, and countermeasures that can be adopted against them. Arm's Mark O'Connor considers ways that deployed neural networks could adapt to examples it sees in real-world use and generate more accurate predictions. Mentor's Chris Spea... » read more

Startup Funding: July 2020


A number of semiconductor and design companies took in funding this month, from a mega round for a data center switch maker to seed grants for two Canadian companies and new funding for an IP marketplace. China continues to be a hot area for electric vehicles, with one company raising half a billion for its two models currently in production. For July, we highlight fifteen startups that raised ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 4


Assessing code similarity Researchers from Intel, MIT, and Georgia Institute of Technology created an automated engine designed to learn what a piece of software intends to do by studying the structure of the code and analyzing syntactic differences of other code with similar behavior. The machine inferred code similarity (MISIM) program, a subset of Intel's work on machine programming, was... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Analog Devices (ADI) acquired the HDMI business of Invecas. “The acquisition of Invecas' HDMI business positions ADI to deliver more complete solutions throughout the entire customer journey – from chip, to certification, to end product," said John Hassett, Senior Vice President, Industrial and Consumer at Analog Devices. "We are thrilled to enhance ADI’s capabilities with the addition of... » read more

Blog Review: July 29


Rambus' Scott Best digs into low-cost attacks against security chips that are often used to gauge how resistant and well-designed they are and defensive countermeasures that can be taken. Mentor's Colin Walls urges embedded developers to put a priority on writing clear, maintainable code and considers when using a higher level language like C++ may be helpful. Synopsys' Scott Knowlton fin... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: July 28


Programmable photonics Researchers from the University of Southampton developed a method for making programmable  integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. By using a generic optical circuit that can be fabricated in bulk then later programmed for specific applications, the team hopes to reduce production costs. "Silicon photonics is capable of integrating optical devices and... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Perforce Software acquired Methodics. Founded in 2006 and based in San Francisco, Methodics' IP lifecycle management and traceability software will join Perforce's larger portfolio of DevOps software that includes version control, Agile planning, and static code analysis. The two companies have had a strategic partnership in place with customers using software from both companies. Terms of the ... » read more

Blog Review: July 22


In a video, Synopsys Chairman and co-CEO Aart de Geus discusses AI's computational wants, how 3DIC technology can infuse vitality into Moore’s Law and drive innovation for the semiconductor industry. Cadence's Paul McLellan looks back at the initial rise of digital cameras, the swift decline of the point-and-shoot as smartphones took over, and the development of increasingly complex CMOS i... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: July 21


AI hardware Researchers at Purdue University, University of California San Diego, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Louisville, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and University of Iowa developed hardware that can learn skills, offloading some of the energy needed by AI software. "Software is taking on most of the challenges in AI. If you could incorporate intelligence into the circui... » read more

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