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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools & IP Synopsys debuted its new DesignWare ARC EV7x Embedded Vision Processor family for machine learning and AI edge applications. The ARC EV7x Vision Processors integrate up to four enhanced vector processing units (VPUs) and an optional Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator with up to 14,080 MACs to deliver up to 35 TOPS performance in 16nm FinFET process technologies under typical ... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 18


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out MLPerf and the challenges involved in developing a benchmark to assess machine learning training and inference performance. Synopsys' Om Prakash Thakur and Nusrat Ali take a look at the different types of NVDIMM and how it can bridge the performance gap between memory and storage solutions in servers. Mentor's Matthew Ballance points to why adoption of P... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 17


Silicon thermoelectrics Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Instruments developed a new method for thermoelectric generation that could be used with electronics to convert waste heat into reusable energy. "In a general sense, waste heat is everywhere: the heat your car engine generates, for example," said Mark Lee, professor and head of the Department of Physics at UT... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A ANSYS will acquire Livermore Software Technology Corp. (LSTC), a provider of explicit dynamics and other advanced finite element analysis technology. Based in Livermore, CA, LSTC was founded in 1987 to commercialize the DYNA3D technology developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. DYNA3D became the company's premier product LS-DYNA, a general purpose nonlinear finite eleme... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 11


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out the challenges of processing-in-memory and the steps involved in building a logic flow on a DRAM process. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding notes that with safety-critical software an ever-present factor in modern life, it's more necessary than ever to take the time to ensure quality and security when failures can be life-threatening. In a video, Mentor's Colin... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 11


Thread transistor Researchers at Tufts University developed a thread-based transistor that can be fashioned into simple, all-thread based logic circuits and integrated circuits which could be woven into fabric or worn on the skin, or even surgically implanted. The thread-based transistor (TBT) is made of a linen thread coated with carbon nanotubes, creating a semiconductor surface. Two thin... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus will acquire the Silicon IP, Secure Protocols and Provisioning business from Verimatrix, formerly Inside Secure. The secure silicon IP and provisioning solutions from both companies will be integrated into a single portfolio of products and the embedded security teams from Verimatrix will join Rambus. “Integrating the Verimatrix embedded security team into Rambus, a recognized leader i... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 4


Synopsys' Taylor Armerding checks out Apple's newly expanded bug bounty program, with bounty payouts are increasing to compete with malicious actors, and why even with security-oriented development the practice of bug bounties will remain needed. Mentor's Colin Walls shares a few more embedded software tips, this time on external variables, delay loops in real time systems, and meaningful pa... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Sept. 3


Nylon capacitor Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, and Lodz University of Technology developed a way to fabricate ferroelectric nylon thin-film capacitors. Nylons consist of a long chain of polymers and, along with use in textiles, exhibit ferroelectric properties. However, electronic applications have been limited as there ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus completed its acquisition of Northwest Logic, a supplier of memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers. The Hillsboro, OR office of Northwest Logic will remain in place, along with the entire staff. SureCore launched a new low power design service. The company's offering includes concept-to-tape-out low power mixed-signal design expertise such as design and layout capabilities, technol... » read more

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