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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Revenue for the top 10 IC design houses globally hit US$ 39.6 billion in 2Q22, a 32% growth over the prior year, according to a Trendforce report. The firm contends this growth trend will be difficult to maintain due to the high preceding base period and overall worse market conditions. Renesas introduced a RISC-V MCU specifically optimized for advanced motor control systems. The new ASSP in... » read more

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive The European Union plans to approve sales of fully autonomous vehicles by the end of September, according to Politico. The legislative package will allow for the registration and sale of up to 1,500 vehicles per model per year in member countries. Level 4 autonomous vehicles are still in the development stage, but reducing human error in autos is a crucial part of the EU’s goal to... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools, IP, chips Synopsys unveiled a new data-visibility and machine intelligence-guided design optimization solution. DesignDash is complementary to the company's DSO.ai AI-driven design-space-optimization tool and provides a real-time, unified, 360-degree view of all design activities. It uses deep analytics and machine learning to extract and reveal actionable understanding from large amoun... » read more

Good Vs. Bad Acquisitions


M&A activity is beginning to heat up across the semiconductor industry, fueled by high market caps, low interest rates, and a slew of startups with innovative technology and limited market reach. Some of these deals are gigantic, such as the pending acquisition of Arm by Nvidia, and the proposed purchase of Maxim Integrated by Analog Devices. Others are more modest, such as Arteris IP's ... » read more