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EDA Strong, M&A Activity Up


The EDA industry is faring well in an era of COVID-19 and global uncertainty, and the numbers prove it. But the question being asked privately by a number of executives across the industry is whether growth will hold up beyond the first quarter of next year if a vaccine or treatment isn't ready. There are a lot of financial models based upon a variety of developments, and so far there is lit... » read more

Different Roles, Different Tools


A question often posed is: does the use of tools and processes change as you go from block level to subsystem and chip level and as you add software to your system on chip (SoC)? And of course, the answer is that things change a lot. The primary differences between designing individual blocks and designing a big chip are that blocks tend to be designed by individual engineers or very small g... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Galaxy Semiconductor re-established with the planned acquisition of the Quantix Business assets from Mentor, a Siemens business. The software products Galaxy is acquiring focus on yield optimization, device characterization, and reliability improvement. Galaxy was initially founded in 1998; the Galway, Ireland-based company was then acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2016. The re-established compan... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


The American Foundries Act, a bipartisan initiative to revive U.S. leadership in the global microelectronics sector, was announced by U.S. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer from New York. “The economic and national security risks posed by relying too heavily on foreign semiconductor suppliers cannot be ignored, and Upstate New York, which has a robust semiconductor sector, is the perfect place... » read more

Winners And Losers At The Edge


The edge is a vast collection of niches tied to narrow vertical markets, and it is likely to stay that way for years to come. This is both good and bad for semiconductor companies, depending upon where they sit in the ecosystem and their ability to adapt to a constantly shifting landscape. Some segments will see continued or new growth, including EDA, manufacturing equipment, IP, security an... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Security The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Synopsys as the main contractor to provide SoC design tools and security IP for its Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon (AISS) program. The four-year program’s goal to develop a design tool and IP ecosystem to automate adding security into integrated circuits. Synopsys will be working on a research team with ... » read more

IoT Edge Server Selection Criteria


There are many factors to consider when choosing the right edge server solution. Discover the power of a next-generation IoT edge server platform and find out how it can easily adapt to new protocols and systems. Click here to continue reading. » read more

Semiconductor Professionals On Working From Home


With most of the world still in lockdown, we thought we’d find out how different people in the semiconductor industry are dealing with the coronavirus. Carl Moore, Yield Management Specialist, yieldHUB How has Covid-19 affected your work life? Much of my work is remote, but Covid-19 affects in-person interactions with customers, which is always important. Video conferencing is critical in ... » read more

Design For Narrowband IoT


Most low-power chips are designed with the assumption that batteries can be recharged or replaced, but there is a whole set of IoT devices under development that are expected to be always-on, communicate over a cellular infrastructure, and remain functional on a coin-sized lithium-ion battery for a decade or more. Welcome to the world of Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), a 3GPP standard (also known a... » read more

Doing More For Less With Upgraded LON Networks


At Adesto, we talk a lot about the importance of embracing all IoT communications protocols. We believe that our customers and their customers can derive great benefit from building and industrial control solutions that connect to industrial field bus protocols such as BACnet, LON and Modbus, as well as IP-based protocols – especially when those solutions are enabled to work seamlessly togeth... » read more

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